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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 470 4GB Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 26% 61%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 16% 48%
Genshin Impact 27% 62%
eFootball PES 2021 36% 18%
FIFA 21 36% 18%
Watch Dogs Legion 22% 56%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 65%
Marvel's Avengers 20% 54%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 82% 132%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 12% 43%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition.

The R9 380 has a 54 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 470, but the RX 470 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 380. As a result, the RX 470 exhibits a 8.7 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R9 380. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 380 has a 54 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 470 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 380 providing 1.8 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 R9 380, 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 R9 380.

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 Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 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 RX 470 has 22.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 380, which means that the memory performance of the RX 470 is slightly better than the R9 380.

The Radeon RX 470 4GB has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 470 is 2470 and the actual shader performance of the R9 380 is 1493. The RX 470 having 977 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 470 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 380.

The RX 470 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the R9 380. This means that the RX 470 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R9 380.

The Radeon RX 470 4GB requires 120 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition requires 190 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 R9 380. The R9 380 requires 70 Watts more than the RX 470 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 380 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 470.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed926 MHzvs980 MHz
Boost Clock1206 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere PROGCN 1.2 Antigua PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date04 Aug 2016vs18 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
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1920x1080
9.4
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8.4
2560x1440
6.9
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6.2
3840x2160
5.3
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4.6

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1650 MHzvs1475 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth211.2GB/secvs188.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1792
Actual Shader Performance100%vs72%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs112
Texture Rate118.5 GTexel/svs109.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs31.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs190 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
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 i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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
Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Performance Radeon R9 380, created by PowerColor.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 980MHz, instead of 970MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1475MHz, instead of 1375MHz.

Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 4GB: a gimmick which doesn't yield any performance boost and can be considered marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.


Cooling Solution
PCS-Professional Cooling System: The unique cooling technology can decrease operating environment temp. Effectively, and enhance headroom for OC capabilities.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 1% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 380.
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