AMD Radeon RX 470
vs
AMD Radeon R9 280X

AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon R9 280X
RX 470 R9 280X Difference
AMD Radeon RX 470 AMD Radeon R9 280X
Price $ 199.0 $ 350.0 151 (76%)
Year 2016 2013 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 71C 4 (5%)
Max Fan Noise 49.4dB 50.9dB 1.5 (3%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 600W 130 (28%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz ($248.98)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 54.3 FPS 51.1 FPS 3.2 (6%)
Average 1440p Performance 39.9 FPS 36.5 FPS 3.4 (9%)
Average 4K Performance 23.7 FPS 23.3 FPS 0.4 (2%)
Memory 4 GB 3 GB 1 (25%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.3 $ 5.9 2.6 (79%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 4.5 $ 8.2 3.7 (82%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 7.6 $ 12.8 5.2 (68%)
Overall Combination Score 72/100 57/100 15 (21%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from R9 280X to RX 470 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for RX 470 .

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AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
54.0
45.0
2019 Anthem
34.8
29.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
51.0
42.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
65.4
52.9
2019 Metro Exodus
29.2
23.6
2018 Just Cause 4
42.1
34.1
2018 Monster Hunter: World
45.4
36.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
58.3
47.2
2017 For Honor
77.8
62.9
2017 Project CARS 2
55.1
44.5
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
66.7
54.0
2016 Dishonored 2
40.2
32.5
2015 Rocket League
226.8
183.4
2015 Need For Speed
62.9
50.8
2015 Project CARS
60.3
48.7
2013 Crysis 3
54.2
61.2
2013 Battlefield 4
63.5
54.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
155.5
125.8
2009 League of Legends
291.6
235.8

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AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
40.2
33.5
2019 Anthem
27.6
23.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
39.6
33.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
44.1
35.6
2019 Metro Exodus
22.7
18.3
2018 Just Cause 4
31.1
25.2
2018 Monster Hunter: World
31.8
25.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
42.1
34.1
2017 For Honor
45.4
36.7
2017 Project CARS 2
38.9
31.4
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
60.3
48.7
2016 Dishonored 2
34.3
27.8
2015 Rocket League
97.2
78.6
2015 Need For Speed
48.6
39.3
2015 Project CARS
46.0
37.2
2013 Crysis 3
32.9
41.5
2013 Battlefield 4
41.2
36.0
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
129.6
104.8
2009 League of Legends
162.0
131.0

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AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon R9 280X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
24.0
20.0
2019 Anthem
15.0
12.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
21.0
17.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
21.7
17.6
2019 Metro Exodus
14.3
11.5
2018 Just Cause 4
16.2
13.1
2018 Monster Hunter: World
15.2
12.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
29.2
23.6
2017 For Honor
22.7
18.3
2017 Project CARS 2
32.4
26.2
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
50.5
40.9
2016 Dishonored 2
27.2
22.0
2015 Rocket League
45.4
36.7
2015 Need For Speed
32.4
26.2
2015 Project CARS
32.4
26.2
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
116.6
94.3
2009 League of Legends
64.8
52.4

AMD Radeon RX 470 / Core i7-6700K

For the most part, the RX 470 is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, there are a few options for upgrades. With current 4096 MB RAM, the RX 470 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

AMD Radeon R9 280X / Core i7-3770K

For the most part, the R9 280X is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, there are a few options for upgrades. It is worth noting that the R9 280X is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. This combination between R9 280X and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between R9 280X and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 3072 MB RAM, the R9 280X can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

RX 470 vs R9 280X Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 470 R9 280X
Board NumberC940, D000-03, D009-07C386
Length9.5 inches 241 mm10.83 inches 275 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort2x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W250 W

Clock Speeds

RX 470 R9 280X
Boost Clock1206 MHz1000 MHz
GPU Clock926 MHz850 MHz
Memory Clock1650 MHz 6600 MHz effective1500 MHz 6000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 470 R9 280X
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price179 USD299 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateAug 4th, 2016Oct 8th, 2013

Graphics Features

RX 470 R9 280X
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (11_1)
OpenCL21.2
OpenGL4.54.5
Shader Model65.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.77

Graphics Processor

RX 470 R9 280X
ArchitectureGCN 4.0GCN 1.0
Die Size244 mm²352 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereTahiti
GPU VariantPolaris 10 PRO (215-0876204)Tahiti XTL (215-0821065)
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million4,313 million

Memory

RX 470 R9 280X
Bandwidth211.2 GB/s288.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit384 bit
Memory Size4096 MB3072 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 470 R9 280X
Compute Units3232
ROPs3232
Shading Units20482048
TMUs128128

Theoretical Performance

RX 470 R9 280X
FP32 (float) performance4,940 GFLOPS4,096 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance308.7 GFLOPS (1:16)1,024 GFLOPS (1:4)
Pixel Rate38.59 GPixel/s32.00 GPixel/s
Texture Rate154.4 GTexel/s128.0 GTexel/s

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