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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 16% 91%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 6% 74%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3% 69%
FIFA 21 42% 4%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 3% 69%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 66% 173%
Watch Dogs Legion 12% 84%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 10% 80%
Grand Theft Auto VI 63% 168%
Genshin Impact 16% 91%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition.

The R9 270X has a 174 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 470, but the RX 470 has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 270X. As a result, the RX 470 exhibits a 30.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R9 270X. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 270X has a 174 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 470 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 270X providing 5.6 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The RX 470 was released over a year more recently than the R9 270X, and so the RX 470 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the R9 270X.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The RX 470 has 6144 MB more video memory than the R9 270X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the RX 470 also has superior memory performance overall.

The RX 470 has 19.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 270X, which means that the memory performance of the RX 470 is slightly better than the R9 270X.

The Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 470 is 2494 and the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 1251. The RX 470 having 1243 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 470 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 270X.

The RX 470 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the R9 270X. This means that the RX 470 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R9 270X.

The Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB requires 110 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition requires 180 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RX 470 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 270X. The R9 270X requires 70 Watts more than the RX 470 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 270X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 470.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed926 MHzvs1100 MHz
Boost Clock1218 MHzvs1150 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere PROGCN 1.1 Curacao XT
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date04 Aug 2016vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
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9.6
1920x1080
9.8
green tick vs
7.7
2560x1440
7.3
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5.7
3840x2160
5.5
green tick vs
4.1

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs2048 MB
Memory Speed1650 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth211.2GB/secvs192GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1280
Actual Shader Performance100%vs60%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs80
Texture Rate118.5 GTexel/svs88 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs35.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections2vs1
DisplayPort Connections2vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power110 Wattsvs180 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatednovsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The AMD RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB graphics card is a 2016 released performance graphics card based on the third revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. This card competes against Nvidia's outgoing, but very popular, GTX 970 and the incoming GTX 1050 Ti, when that releases.

Architecture
It is powered by the Ellesmere PRO GPU, which has 2048 shader processing units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 926MHz and goes up to 1218MHz, when boost mode is triggered.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the memory clock Operates at 1650MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 110W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

Performance
The AMD RX 470 has been built as a Mid/High performance graphics card for 2016. It will run most triple AAA titles released during 2016 on medium to high graphics at 1080p screen resolution. With adjustments and lowering anti aliasing this card can confidently maintain 60+ frames per seconds on high graphic settings at 1080p. Moving to 1440p screen resolution and the graphics card may need to be adjusted down to medium in order to maintain 50-60+ fps.

System Suggestions
The RX 470 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080 and this card is no different. We recommend a mid range processor and at least 8GB of system memory for optimal performance.
Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 270X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "Tri-X", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 1000MHz to 1100MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1150MHz. Also, the operating memory clock is now of 1500MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the standard edition and so this card will surpass a Radeon HD 7950.
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