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XFX RS Black Radeon RX 470 4GB – Review

XFX RS Black Radeon RX 470 4GB – Review

XFX likes to tweak and try things with its cards; providing a range of parts with various cooling and overclocking solutions. It’s a fact made clear by the seven different RX 470s it’s produced. The one we have here is the XFX RS Black Radeon RX470 4GB (product code RX-470P4LDB6).

It’s priced at around £195, features AMD’s Polaris 10 GPU, 14nm FinFet technology, and seems to offer an interesting take on what an RX 470 should offer. It’s a tricky task though with RX 480 reference cards just above the £200 mark. Let’s see where it stands.


  • 2048 Stream Processors
  • 1256 MHz Core Clock
  • 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • 7000 MHz (effective) Memory Clock
  • PCI Express 3.0
  • Display Port ready : 1.4
  • HDMI Ready : 2.0b
  • Max Supported Resolution (DIGITAL) ;4096 x 2160(HDMI;DP
  • 3x Display Port
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x DL-DVI-D : 1

This XFX RS Black Radeon RX470 4GB is striking. 24cm long card and, the card utilises a twin-fan design and is reinforced by a stylish aluminium back-plate. The fans are hard-swap and easily fitted, so you can buy replacements for long-term performance, or choose LED-lit options if unlit black fans aren’t to your taste. The plate is as attractive as it is practical, featuring a matt and gloss XFX design – plus it adds admirable rigidity avoiding the sadness of card-sag.

Beyond the fans and back-plate, there’s plenty going on. The XFX Black RX 470 4GB uses the XFX’s Unibody VRM Heatsink solution. This means direct transfer of heat from the GPU to the card’s pipes and main heatsink, and should prove effective in this setting. Combined with the twin-fan design we could find pleasing thermal results.


XFX RS Black Radeon RX470 4GB_GPU-Z

With 2048 stream processors and a core clock of 1256 GHz this card could pack a punch. The 1256 GHz core clock is 30 MHz higher than the 1226 GHz on other 470 parts. We’re also provided 4GB of DDR5 and an effective 7000 MHz memory clock working across a 256-bit interface. RX 470 GPUs are essentially slightly tamed 480 chips, but the factory overclock and cooling on offered by XFX means we’re keeping an open mind. For reference we’re putting it up against a GTX 1050 and GTX 980. It won’t hit the heights of an RX480, but let’s see how it shoots out against NVidia alternatives.

Test System Specifications

  • Intel Core i7 6700K
  • Supermicro C7Z170-OCE
  • Samsung 850 Pro SSD
  • 16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3000 kit
  • Noctua NH-U12S
  • Catalyst Driver 16.12.1



As we’d expect the card is hands-down winner against our MSI’s GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G. GTX 1050 parts may compete with RX 470s at the sub-£200 mark, but this 470 hardly makes it a fair contest. The XFX RS Black Radeon RX470 4GB handled Fallout 4 with zero issues, before proving its worth in Witcher 3’s detailed environments. Both games were absolutely smooth, and playable without any hitches, making it clear that this is one capable card.

Perhaps more telling though is how this RX 470 stands up to a standard GTX 980 4GB. Priced at around £80 less, it’s little surprise that the XFX RS Black Radeon RX470 4GB is a little weaker – losing out in 3D Mark fire Strike and coming in around 10 frames per second down in in-game tests. It’s not a huge deficit though, and shows just how effective AMD’s Polaris GPU is. In fact, the performance of this card was a above above what we expected, and that’s mainly down to XFX’s overclock.

Small surprises were found in TDP and thermal results too. Without a stated TDP, we assumed this card was a 120W part like other RX 470s. But it clearly isn’t because while under stress in Unigine Valley, we saw a peak draw of 138W. At the same time, MSI Afterburner reported a 92% power reading. That makes the card a 150W TDP part, and in terms of potential (extra) overclocking means the gap between it and a reference RX 480 may be made smaller with a little tweaking.

It should keep fairly cool too. FinFet technology mixed with XFX’s features and composite heatpipes do a good overall job here. This card delivered an idle temperature of 46 degrees, which isn’t the coolest. Yet its peak temperature of 72 is pleasing. That’s a solid cooling profile, keeping a factory overclocked card well out of danger and with low noise levels. That keeps the XFX RS Black Radeon RX470 4GB fast without fear of heat and little audible distraction.

XFX RS Black Radeon RX470 4GB – Conclusion

This is a well made card, but it’s tricky to recommend RX 470 parts. This is because of current pricing and the fact that reference RX 480s can deliver better speeds for a little more money. Still, this is a capable card which delivers excellent 1080p performance for under £200. It will stack up against 1050 rivals, and it does a fine job showcasing the advances in Polaris and 14nm FinFet technology.

To its credit, XFX has supported those points with strong and stylish build elements, effective and quiet cooling, and an innovative hard swap fan system which is far more than just a gimmick. Effectively what it comes down to here is personal preference. For an inflexible sub-£200 budget, this card is a shoe-in. But unless that’s the case (or the feature-set is particularly appealing), an RX 480 part is always going to win out on performance.

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Kevin Pocock

Kevin is a tech-lover with over a decade's experience testing, reviewing and writing about all kinds of kit.

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