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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB Radeon R9 270 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 62% 174%
Grand Theft Auto VI 80% 205%
F1 2019 35% 128%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 62% 174%
eFootball PES 2020 27% 23%
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night 29% 20%
Borderlands 3 25% 111%
The Division 2 80% 205%
World War Z 33% 14%
Doom Eternal 1% 72%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 270 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition.

The RX 470 has a 26 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 270. This results in the RX 470 providing 46.5 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 RX 470 has a 26 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 270 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the RX 470 providing 0.8 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 270, 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 270.

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 R9 270, 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 32 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 270, which means that the memory performance of the RX 470 is noticeably better than the R9 270.

The Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 270 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 470 is 2544 and the actual shader performance of the R9 270 is 1061. The RX 470 having 1483 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 R9 270.

The RX 470 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the R9 270. This means that the RX 470 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R9 270.

The Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB requires 110 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 270 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition requires 175 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 270. The R9 270 requires 65 Watts more than the RX 470 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 270 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 470.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed926 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock1242 MHzvs975 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere PROGCN 1.1 Curacao PRO
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date04 Aug 2016vs13 Nov 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1650 MHzvs1400 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth211.2GB/secvs179.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1280
Actual Shader Performance100%vs51%
Texture Mapping Units128vs80
Texture Rate118.5 GTexel/svs72 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs28.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections2vs1
DisplayPort Connections2vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power110 Wattsvs175 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD FX-6350vsIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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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 R9 270 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class Radeon R9 270.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "TwinFrozr", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and with various modes whereas the gaming mode allows a central unit speed of 975MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance boost over the standard edition.
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
Intel Xeon E5-2620 v2
Intel Core i7-2600S 4-Core 2.8GHz
Intel Core i3-7320 2-Core 4.1GHz
Intel Core i5-2550K 3.4GHz
Intel Core i5-4460S 2.9GHz
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 390X Sapphire Tri-X w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X PowerColor Devil 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X Asus DirectCU III Strix Gaming OC 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X HIS IceQ X OC 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390X XFX Double Dissipation Black 8GB Edition
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