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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 470 XFX RS Black Limited Edition 4GB Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 14% 40%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14% 40%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 6% 30%
Cyberpunk 2077 56% 92%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 56% 92%
Borderlands 3 20% 47%
FIFA 20 39% 26%
The Outer Worlds 4% 28%
eFootball PES 2020 22% 5%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 16% 42%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 470 XFX RS Black Limited Edition 4GB are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition.

The R9 280X has a 74 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the RX 470. This results in the R9 280X providing 9.5 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 R9 280X has a 74 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 470 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 280X providing 2.4 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 280X, 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 280X.

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 R9 280X, 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 R9 280X has 64 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 470, which means that the memory performance of the R9 280X is much better than the RX 470.

Both the Radeon RX 470 XFX RS Black Limited Edition 4GB and the Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB 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 2621 and by the R9 280X is 1915. 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 R9 280X. This means that the RX 470 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R9 280X.

The Radeon RX 470 XFX RS Black Limited Edition 4GB requires 120 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RX 470 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the R9 280X. The R9 280X requires 130 Watts more than the RX 470 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 280X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 470.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed926 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1280 MHzvs1100 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere PROGCN 1.0 Tahiti XTL
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date04 Aug 2016vs09 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224GB/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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs92%
Texture Mapping Units128vs128
Texture Rate118.5 GTexel/svs128 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs32 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs600 Watts

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD FX-6350vsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The AMD Radeon RX 470 XFX RS Black Limited Edition 4GB graphics card is a 2016 released performance graphics card based on the third revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and is the best choice of the 4GB RX 470 cards. 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 1280MHz, when boost mode is triggered, the highest of any RX 470.

The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the memory clock Operates at a boosted 1750MHz, the highest the RX 470s 4GB cards go up to.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

The AMD RX 470 has been built as a Mid/High performance graphics card for 2016 and so the Radeon RX 470 XFX RS Black Limited Edition 4GB will really show the best the RX 470 can do. 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.
Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 280X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "WindForce", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 850MHz to 1000MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1100MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the standard edition and so this card offers the same performance a GeForce GTX 770 does.
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