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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 470 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition
Halo: Reach 66% 57%
Cyberpunk 2077 48% 84%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 34% 17%
Red Dead Redemption 2 8% 34%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8% 34%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 48% 84%
Doom Eternal 8% 15%
Grand Theft Auto VI 64% 105%
FIFA 20 43% 29%
Need For Speed Heat 8% 34%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 470 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition.

The RX 470 has a 491 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 590. This results in the RX 470 providing 62.9 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The RX 470 has a 491 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 590, but the GTX 590 has 64 more Render Output Units than the RX 470. As a result, the GTX 590 exhibits a 24.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the RX 470. 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 three years more recently than the GTX 590, and so the RX 470 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 590 when running the latest games.

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 5120 MB more video memory than the GTX 590, 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 GTX 590 has 75.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 470, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 590 is much better than the RX 470.

The Radeon RX 470 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 470 is 2580 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 1290. The RX 470 having 1290 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 590 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The RX 470 transistor size technology is 26 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 590. This means that the RX 470 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 590.

The Radeon RX 470 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition requires 365 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RX 470 and a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590. The GTX 590 requires 245 Watts more than the RX 470 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 590 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 470.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1121 MHzvs630 MHz
Boost Clock1260 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere PROFermi GF110-351-A1
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date04 Aug 2016vs24 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
9.9
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8.9
2560x1440
7.4
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6.6
3840x2160
5.6
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed2000 MHzvs864 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth256GB/secvs331.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1024
Actual Shader Performance100%vs62%
Technology14nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs128
Texture Rate143.5 GTexel/svs80.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs96
Pixel Rate35.9 GPixel/svs60.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections2vs1
DisplayPort Connections2vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs365 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs700 Watts & 46 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD FX-6350vsIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs12 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The AMD Radeon RX 470 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB graphics card is the king of the RX 470 hill, a 2016 released performance graphics card based on the third revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, it trumps all other competitors in the 470 catergory. 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 1121MHz and goes up to 1260MHz, 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 a staggering 2000MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, 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 and this is probably the best example of one. 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 cards are best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a mid range processor and at least 8GB of system memory for optimal performance.
GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper is a special edition of the dual-graphics solution GeForce GTX 590.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that went from 608MHz to 630MHz and in the operating memory clock, which is now of 864MHz. Furthermore, it features a new cooling system which keeps the card cool under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the reference card and so it proves to be faster than GeForce GTX 680.
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