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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 470 4GB GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 12% 5%
Red Dead Redemption 2 20% 2%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 20% 2%
Halo: Reach 62% 68%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 65% 40%
Borderlands 3 27% 8%
Cyberpunk 2077 65% 40%
FIFA 20 36% 46%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 45% 53%
eFootball PES 2020 18% 30%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB.

The GTX 970 has a 176 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 470, but the RX 470 has 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. As a result, the RX 470 exhibits a 3.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 970. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 970 has a 176 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Render Output Units than the RX 470. This results in the GTX 970 providing 32.1 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 GTX 970, 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 GTX 970.

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 Radeon RX 470 4GB and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 970 has 13.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 470, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is slightly better than the RX 470.

The Radeon RX 470 4GB has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 470 is 2470 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2788. The GTX 970 having 318 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the RX 470.

The RX 470 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 970. This means that the RX 470 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 970.

The Radeon RX 470 4GB requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition requires 148 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 GTX 970. The GTX 970 requires 28 Watts more than the RX 470 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 970 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the RX 470.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed926 MHzvs1102 MHz
Boost Clock1206 MHzvs1241 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere PROMaxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date04 Aug 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
9.4
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2560x1440
6.9
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7.5
3840x2160
5.3
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1650 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth211.2GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1792 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1664
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs104
Texture Rate118.5 GTexel/svs114.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs56
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs61.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs148 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The AMD RX 470 4GB 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 1206MHz, when boost mode is triggered.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 4GB 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 120W, it requires at least a 400W PSU with one available 6-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. We recommend a mid range processor and at least 8GB of system memory for optimal performance.
Overview
GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB created by MSI. It features a new Cooling Solution and overclocking out of the box. Read below to know more.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1102MHz, instead of 1051MHz. The Boost Clock is now of 1241MHz, instead of 1178MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock still runs at 1753MHz and the Frame Buffer is still 4GB. This is adequate for the GPU.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by MSI's Armor 2X Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.
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