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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 470 HIS IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB GeForce GTX 660 MSI Hawk 2GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 16% 102%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16% 102%
Cyberpunk 2077 60% 178%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 47% 7%
Need For Speed Heat 16% 102%
The Outer Worlds 3% 68%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 60% 178%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 9% 89%
Borderlands 3 23% 114%
FIFA 20 38% 8%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 470 HIS IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 MSI Hawk 2GB Edition.

The GTX 660 has a 159 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 470, but the RX 470 has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 660. As a result, the RX 470 exhibits a 31.7 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 660. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 660 has a 159 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 470, but the RX 470 has 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 660. As a result, the RX 470 exhibits a 3.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 660. 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 three years more recently than the GTX 660, and so the RX 470 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 660 when running the latest games.

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 RX 470 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 660, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the RX 470 also has superior memory performance overall.

The RX 470 has 67 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 660, which means that the memory performance of the RX 470 is much better than the GTX 660.

The Radeon RX 470 HIS IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 660 MSI Hawk 2GB Edition has 960. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 470 is 2572 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 660 is 1104. The RX 470 having 1468 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 470 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 660.

The RX 470 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 660. This means that the RX 470 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 660.

The Radeon RX 470 HIS IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB requires 120 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 660 MSI Hawk 2GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the RX 470.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed926 MHzvs1085 MHz
Boost Clock1256 MHzvs1150 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere PROKepler GK106-400-A1
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date04 Aug 2016vs01 Oct 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1650 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth211.2GB/secvs144.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 384 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs960
Actual Shader Performance100%vs53%
Texture Mapping Units128vs80
Texture Rate118.5 GTexel/svs86.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs24
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs26 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 30 Amps-

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD FX-6350vsIntel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The AMD Radeon RX 470 HIS IceQ X2 Turbo 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.

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 1256MHz, when boost mode is triggered.

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.

The AMD Radeon RX 470 HIS IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB 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 HIS IceQ X2 Turbo 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.
GeForce GTX 660 MSI Hawk 2GB Edition a special edition of GeForce GTX 660.
The new features include the Twin Frozr III Thermal Design cooling solution which, according to MSI, generates 20% more airflow than traditional fan design.
In terms of overclocking, the base-clock was increased from 980MHz to 1085MHz and the boost clock can now reach 1150MHz, instead of 1033MHz. The memory clock was left untouched.
The overclocking is therefore extreme and the performance boost is around 8% when compared to the standard GeForce GTX 660.
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