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Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 470 PowerColour Red Dragon 4GB Radeon R9 270
Cyberpunk 2077 64% 183%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 64% 183%
eFootball PES 2020 18% 40%
Control 110% 261%
Grand Theft Auto VI 83% 214%
Borderlands 3 26% 117%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 69% 190%
FIFA 20 36% 10%
Red Dead Redemption 2 64% 183%
F1 2019 36% 135%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 470 PowerColour Red Dragon 4GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 270.

The RX 470 has a 26 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon 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 Radeon 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 Radeon 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 Radeon 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 Radeon 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 Radeon R9 270, which means that the memory performance of the RX 470 is noticeably better than the Radeon R9 270.

The Radeon RX 470 PowerColour Red Dragon 4GB has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 270 has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 470 is 2478 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 270 is 1006. The RX 470 having 1472 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 Radeon R9 270.

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

The Radeon RX 470 PowerColour Red Dragon 4GB requires 120 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 270 requires 150 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 Radeon R9 270. The Radeon R9 270 requires 30 Watts more than the RX 470 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon R9 270 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the RX 470.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed926 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock1210 MHzvs925 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
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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%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1280
Actual Shader Performance100%vs48%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs80
Texture Rate118.5 GTexel/svs72 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs28.8 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

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

Max Power120 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs500 Watts & 32 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

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

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The AMD RX 470 PowerColour Red Dragon 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 1210MHz, when boost mode is triggered, not much above the reference card.

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 450W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
The AMD RX 470 has been built as a Mid/High performance graphics card for 2016 and this card is as close to a reference card as we have. 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 270 is a Performance Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Curacao PRO which has 20 Compute Units activated and thus offers 1280 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 900MHz and goes up to 925MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1400MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Radeon R9 270 is a direct rebrand of Radeon HD 8860 (OEM) which is essentially a Power Optimized Radeon HD 7870/Radeon HD 8870 (OEM).
It proves to be as fast as Radeon HD 7870/Radeon HD 8870 (OEM) .

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 8860 (OEM) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz
Intel Core i5-4570S 2.9GHz
Intel Xeon E3-1220 v2
Intel Xeon Processor X5675
Intel Core i5-7400 3.0GHz
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
GPU Variants-Radeon R9 270 HIS iCooler 2GB Edition
Radeon R9 270 HIS IceQ X² 2GB Edition
Radeon R9 270 XFX Double D 2GB Edition
Radeon R9 270 Sapphire Dual-X 2GB OC Edition
Radeon R9 270 PowerColor 2GB OC Edition
Radeon R9 270 Club3D royalQueen Edition
Radeon R9 270 Club3D '14Series Edition
Radeon R9 270 HIS IceQ X Turbo Edition
Radeon R9 270 DirectCU II OC Edition
Radeon R9 270 Gigabyte WindForce 2X OC Edition
Radeon R9 270 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition

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