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AMD Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 8GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 8GB run games
26 Nov 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

A strong performing piece of hardware, Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 8GB can still meet a lot of the game system requirements of modern games. DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

How well will the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 8GB run 2020 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 177 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 8GB is predicted to run Grand Theft Auto VI with weak performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 14 frames per second. Comparing this to Assassins Creed: Valhalla which is getting playable results, where it averages 32 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Watch Dogs Legion, which is running at 45 frames per second.

Increasing resolution to 1440p is something a number of PC gamers are doing today. We tested the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 8GB at 1440p and researched how Grand Theft Auto VI might perform on it leading us to predict a weak set of FPS results. These were, Low: 28 FPS, Medium: 22 FPS, High: 15 FPS and Ultra: 11 FPS. We then checked out Assassins Creed: Valhalla which had a set of graphics results as followed, L: 49FPS, M: 42FPS, H: 36FPS, U: 25FPS. And another popular game was Watch Dogs Legion that returned L: 90FPS, M: 71FPS, H: 48FPS, U: 34FPS at 1440p. 1440p gaming on the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 8GB is not going to be able to keep stable frame rates at all times at Ultra 1440p on modern games.

How many years will the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 8GB in your PC? Its time to start researching your next graphics card upgrade as the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 8GB is failing to meet modern day gaming system requirements. A gpu AAA lifespan of around 6-12 months.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 8GB? If you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 43% better and can run 819 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX 590 8GB which is 24% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 769 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
64 FPS
The Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 8GB was released on 04 Aug 2016

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

AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 8GB
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere PRO
Texture Rate
159 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
40 GPixel/s
Processing Units
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
8192 MB
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
1242 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 X 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

The AMD RX 470 MSI Gaming X 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 1242MHz, 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 400W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

The AMD RX 470 has been built as a Mid/High performance graphics card for 2016 and this card is not much different. 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 MSI Gaming X is 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.

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Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 8GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 12% 15%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 33% 5%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 41% 2%
FIFA 21 58% 42%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2% 2%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 39% 64%
Watch Dogs Legion 1% 11%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 12% 9%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2% 61%
Genshin Impact 68% 15%
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