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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition Radeon Sky 500
Cyberpunk 2077 178% 174%
Hitman 3 262% 256%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 154% 150%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 146% 142%
FIFA 21 40% 38%
Grand Theft Auto VI 291% 285%
Far Cry 6 302% 296%
Genshin Impact 178% 174%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 298% 292%
Battlefield 6 262% 256%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon Sky 500 are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition.

The Radeon Sky 500 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 470, and so the Radeon Sky 500 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 470.

The Radeon Sky 500 has 2816 MB more video memory than the GTX 470, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon Sky 500 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon Sky 500 has 17.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 470, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon Sky 500 is slightly better than the GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition has 448 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon Sky 500 has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 470 is 582 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon Sky 500 is 790. The Radeon Sky 500 having 208 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 470 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition requires 215 Watts to run and the Radeon Sky 500 requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 470. The GTX 470 requires 65 Watts more than the Radeon Sky 500 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 470 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon Sky 500.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs950 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF100-275-A3-
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Jun 2010vs25 Mar 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1280 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed850 MHzvs1200 MHz
Memory Bus320 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth136GB/secvs153.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 640 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units448vs1280
Actual Shader Performance28%vs38%
Texture Mapping Units56vs-
Texture Rate36.4 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units40vs-
Pixel Rate26 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs-
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power215 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 38 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 470.
This edition comes with a dual-fan custom solution and overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 607MHz to 650MHz, while the operating memory clock is now of 850MHz, instead of 837MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 7% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
Radeon Sky 500 is a high-end GFX that's based on the 28nm, GCN architecture.
Its performance is comparable to a single Radeon HD 7870, due to the Core similarities but consumes less power (up to 150 Watt).
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