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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 62% 107%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 62% 107%
eFootball PES 2020 20% 3%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 66% 112%
Grand Theft Auto VI 80% 130%
Borderlands 3 25% 59%
Red Dead Redemption 2 62% 107%
F1 2019 35% 72%
Control 107% 164%
Doom Eternal 1% 29%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition.

The HD 7970 has a 84 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the RX 470. This results in the HD 7970 providing 10.8 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 84 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 470 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 7970 providing 2.7 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 1024 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 52.8 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 X 4GB and the Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC 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 2544 and by the HD 7970 is 1758. 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 X 4GB requires 110 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RX 470 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the HD 7970. The HD 7970 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the RX 470. 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 MHzvs1010 MHz
Boost Clock1242 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere PROGCN 1.0 Tahiti XT
OC Potential - vs -
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date04 Aug 2016vs01 Feb 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1650 MHzvs1375 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth211.2GB/secvs264GB/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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs85%
Texture Mapping Units128vs128
Texture Rate118.5 GTexel/svs129.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs32.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections2vs1
DisplayPort Connections2vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power110 Watts-
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs550 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD FX-6350vsIntel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The AMD RX 470 MSI Gaming X 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 1242MHz, 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 110W, it requires at least a 400W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

The AMD RX 470 has been built as a Mid/High performance graphics card for 2016 and this card is not much different. 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 MSI Gaming X 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.
Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition is a special Edition of the Radeon HD 7970. See the page of the standard edition for more information.
It features overclocking out of the box in the core-clock which went from 925MHz to 1010MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance boost when compared to the standard Radeon HD 7970.
Therefore, all games, including very demanding ones, should be fully playable at max settings and with very attractive resolutions.
Recommended CPUIntel Xeon E3-1225 v2
Intel Xeon Processor X5680
Intel Core i7-4765T 4-Core 2.0GHz
Intel Xeon E5-1620
Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz
AMD FX-8320
Intel Core i5-3570S 3.1GHz
AMD FX-8370E
Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz
Intel Core i3-7350K 4.20GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesRadeon RX 480 8GB
Radeon R9 390X
GeForce GTX 690
GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte XTREME 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 970 KFA2 EXOC Sniper 4GB Edition
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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