AMD Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB run games
15 Sep 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

A strong performing piece of hardware, Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB can still meet a lot of the game system requirements of modern games. DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

Here is a performance review on how capable the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB is at running the more popular games of 2020. Specifically looking at this PC hardware’s ability to get suitable frames per second to play on Ultra game settings and what FPS it might get on 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen res. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 114 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

Running at 1080p this card gets a playable frame rate from Marvel's Avengers with 41 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Mafia: Definitive Edition which is predicted to return a weak 7 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Assassins Creed: Valhalla which we predict will get a weak 12 FPS.

We move on to 1440p, and tested Marvel's Avengers which delivered playable FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 83 FPS, Medium: 65 FPS, High: 44 FPS and Ultra: 31 FPS. Next we have Mafia: Definitive Edition running on Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB which is predicted to get L: 14FPS, M: 11FPS, H: 7FPS, U: 5FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Assassins Creed: Valhalla is predicted to get L: 18FPS, M: 15FPS, H: 13FPS, U: 9FPS at 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB is not going to be able to keep stable frame rates at all times at Ultra 1440p on modern games.

How many years will the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB in your PC? Its time to start researching your next graphics card upgrade as the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB is failing to meet modern day gaming system requirements. A gpu AAA lifespan of around 6-12 months.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 55% better and can meet 833 of their recommended requirements. An alternative great upgrade graphics card would be a R-500 Series Radeon RX 580 8GB, which has 27% better performance and can run 769 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
57 FPS
The Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB is released on 04 Aug 2016

Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere PRO
Texture Rate
159 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
40 GPixel/s
Processing Units
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1650 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
926 MHz
Boost Clock
1242 MHz
Max Power
110 Watts
450 Watt & 30 Amps
Power Connector
1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB Game Requirement Analysis

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.

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Radeon RX 470 MSI Gaming X 4GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 4% 23%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 24% 35%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 10% 10%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 27% 62%
eFootball PES 2021 43% 37%
Crysis Remastered 19% 58%
Valorant 96% 88%
The Invincible 10% 33%
Watch Dogs Legion 27% 20%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 46% 79%
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