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Radeon RX 470 Review

Radeon RX 470 Review

Last month AMD launched the first of their Polaris based graphics cards, bringing their latest technology to consumers and taking the market forward. As is often the case, that model (the RX 480) is followed by a lower priced version which looks to provide consumers with the same features but an alternate mix of price and performance. That product is the RX 470 and today we take a look at the ASUS Strix version in our Radeon RX 470 Review.

Radeon RX 470 Review – The RX 470 Key Features

Known as Polaris while it was approaching launch, the latest AMD products based on this GPU will be called Radeon RX 460, RX 470 and RX 480. Manufactured using the latest FinFET 14 process these new products benefit from that architectures lower power requirement which in turn means lower temperatures and reduced fan speed/noise. The new RX series is very much about gaming with performance enhancements across the architecture and we’ll look at the framerates later in this article, but AMD is looking to offer more than just that.


Those who like to view the latest high-def content on Netflix and Amazon can do so over HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.4 and the RX series supports HDR both in gaming and video playback. Streamers will look to use the built in GPU compute functionality which works with leading capture software such as OBS, minimising CPU use and maximising performance. Then, as far as VR goes, Polaris is fully compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and through features such as native support for asynchronous compute should offer optimal performance.

TrueAudio Next is also built into this product, offering real-time GPU audio physics processing and AMD’s software is also receiving a few tweaks, one of the most notable being the launch of Radeon WattMan. An overclocking and tweaking experience for enthusiasts. Fine tune the graphics card to your exact power, thermal and acoustic needs in a much more advanced way than previous cards/control panels allowed.


Radeon RX 470 Review – The ASUS STRIX

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The ASUS STRIX version of the RX 470 arrives in some familiar packaging, very similar to the other STRIX cards we have reviewed. Inside the box for this one, we get some product documentation, a leaflet about World of Battleships (our free 15-day premium account), cable ties and a couple of stickers.

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The RX 470 from ASUS uses a dual fan cooler and those fans use blades designed for low noise and high airflow. They sit above a set of aluminum fins and two direct contact heat pipes. ASUS enhance their card by adding high-quality components which they note greatly enhance efficiency, reduce power loss and minimise temperatures. These cards are also manufactured using the latest automated process which includes reduced use of harsh chemicals. On the top edge of the card, we also get a LED lit section and there is a four pin fan connector on the back end of the card which allow us to connect a case fan and control it through ASUS software.

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The ASUS RX 470 uses a single 6pin power connector and round at the outputs we find a DisplayPort connector along with one HDMI and two DVIs. Multi-screen setups are supported as is 3D, 4k and VR. All of the usual features are present such as support for DirextX 12, FreeSync, OpenCL, Direct Compute , Virtual Super Resolution and Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) which allows us to specify a maximum framerate and have the card hit this, rather than its maximum, reducing power use and heat generated.

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As far as the key specs go we get a core speed of 1270MHz and memory of 1650MHz (4GB GDDR5). Then on the software front, ASUS provide us with a couple of different pieces of software for the RX 470. The first is the Aura lighting configurator. Then there is GPU Tweak 2 with full overclocking and monitoring functionality.

Radeon RX 470 Review – Performance

Testing was performed on the Intel Core i7-6950X running on an X99 board with 16GB of DDR4 and a Samsung 850 Pro SSD. Windows 10 was the OS and all games along with the OS were patched. (The GTX 960 is an overclocked, 4GB model.)

NVIDIA Driver: 368.81
AMD Driver: Latest Crimson Edition (July 16)


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Radeon RX 470 Review – Conclusion

When we reviewed the RX 480 we found it to be a very competitive product which offered good performance when compared to the equivalent NVIDIA part. That changed a little when NVIDIA launched the GTX 1060, boosting their performance at that price point. The RX 470 enters the market at an interesting price point, sitting around the level of the 4GB GTX 960 OC models and we can see from our performance figures that the RX 470 offers significantly enhanced performance. Regardless of the game tested the RX 470 offered improved framerates, sometimes averaging 20fps higher in the latest games with maximum detail levels.

Looking at the ASUS card specifically, we get a model which enhances the build quality when compared to a reference model with high-quality components and manufacturing process. Their software is feature-packed, responsive and easy to use with quick access to various profiles for key scenarios. As with many other modern cards, the fans turn off when the card is at low load, ensuring silent operation and ASUS have done well to keep noise and temperatures to a minimum when gaming. Finally, a good 3-year warranty rounds off an already impressive product.

Summary: A high-quality version of the RX 470. Class leading performance in its price bracket.


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