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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 51% 85%
Control 92% 136%
eFootball PES 2020 25% 8%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 51% 85%
Grand Theft Auto VI 68% 106%
Borderlands 3 16% 42%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 55% 90%
Red Dead Redemption 2 51% 85%
F1 2019 25% 53%
FIFA 20 42% 28%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition.

The HD 7970 has a 174 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the RX 470. This results in the HD 7970 providing 22.3 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 7970 has a 174 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 470 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 7970 providing 5.6 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 three years more recently than the HD 7970, 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 HD 7970 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 HD 7970, 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 HD 7970 has 76.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 470, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7970 is much better than the RX 470.

Both the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB and the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition have 2048 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the RX 470 is 2494 and by the HD 7970 is 2002. Knowing that the shader performance of the RX 470 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The RX 470 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 7970. This means that the RX 470 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 7970.

The Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming 8GB requires 110 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition requires 265 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RX 470. The HD 7970 requires 155 Watts more than the RX 470 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7970 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 470.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed926 MHzvs1100 MHz
Boost Clock1218 MHzvs1150 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere PROGCN 1.0 Tahiti XT2
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date04 Aug 2016vs01 Aug 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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2560x1440
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs6144 MB
Memory Speed1650 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth211.2GB/secvs288GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs96%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs128
Texture Rate118.5 GTexel/svs140.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs35.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections2vs1
DisplayPort Connections2vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power110 Wattsvs265 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Amps-

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatednovsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The AMD RX 470 MSI Gaming 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.

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 1218MHz, when boost mode is triggered.

Memory
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 450W PSU with one available 8-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 and this card is no different. We recommend a mid range processor and at least 8GB of system memory for optimal performance.
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition is a special edition of Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.
It comes with 2 modes: a default core-clock of 1050MHz that goes up to 1100MHz in Turbo or a default core-clock of 1100MHz that goes up to 1200MHz. It also features a new cooling system with 2 huge fans. The memory clock will also be raised to 1600MHz, if using the highest option (lethal Turbo mode).
Using the lethal turbo mode, the performance boost is around 6% than reference Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i5-4690S 3.2GHz
Intel Core i7-4770TE 4-Core 2.3GHz
Intel Core i5-4670R 3.0GHz
Intel Xeon Processor W3690
Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz
Intel Core i7-4790S 4-Core 3.2GHz
AMD Opteron 6278
Intel Core i7-7700T 4-Core 2.9GHz
Intel Core i7-980 6-Core 3.33GHz
Intel Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades-Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU III OC Strix Gaming 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus ROG Matrix Platinum Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition
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