AMD Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB run games
8 Jan 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB is only really challenged by the most demanding games released today, but normally it is more than capable of running games with a stable frame rate at 1080p. DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

What FPS performance can the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB get on latest AAA 2021 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. This graphics hardware can run 136 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

The Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB graphics card is returning a playable performance on Assassins Creed: Valhalla at 1080p of 32 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is FIFA 21 which we saw got strong frame rates of 137 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Far Cry 6, which is predicted to get 16 FPS under tests.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We discovered the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB ran Assassins Creed: Valhalla to a weak performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 49 FPS, Medium: 42 FPS, High: 36 FPS and Ultra: 24 FPS. Another game tested was FIFA 21, L: 235FPS, M: 196FPS, H: 143FPS, U: 104FPS. And then we researched potential graphics card performance on Far Cry 6, wih estimates revealing L: 32FPS, M: 25FPS, H: 17FPS, U: 12FPS at 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB is a solid choice of hardware for increased screen resolution gaming. We can see this graphics card is capable of delivering reliable frame rates at Ultra and certainly High graphics settings at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB in your PC? There is around 6-12 months of top end gaming left in this card, at which point its graphics card replacement time, assuming the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB is part of your PC gaming machine.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB? A great upgrade graphics card would be a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, which has 45% better performance and can run 813 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB is the R-500 Series Radeon RX 590 8GB, which is 25% more powerful and can run 761 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
63 FPS
The Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB is released on 04 Aug 2016

Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere PRO
Texture Rate
156 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
39 GPixel/s
Processing Units
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
Memory Speed
1650 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
926 MHz
Boost Clock
1218 MHz
Max Power
110 Watts
450 Watt & 30 Amps
Power Connector
1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 11% 16%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 32% 6%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 41% 3%
FIFA 21 57% 42%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3% 63%
Hitman 3 50% 51%
Genshin Impact 67% 16%
Far Cry 6 3% 68%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 38% 66%
Watch Dogs Legion 1% 12%
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