AMD Radeon RX 470
vs
AMD Radeon R9 285

RX 470 R9 285 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 470 AMD Radeon R9 285
Price $ 280 $ 249 31 (12%)
Year 2016 2014 2 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 70C 5 (7%)
Max Fan Noise 49dB 48dB 1.1 (2%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 540W 70 (14%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0 FPS +0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0% 0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 55 FPS 46 FPS 9.6 (19%)
Average 1440p Performance 40 FPS 33 FPS 7.3 (20%)
Average 4K Performance 22 FPS 16 FPS 6.2 (33%)
Memory 4 GB 2 GB 2 (67%)
Overall Combination Score 69/100 66/100 3 (4%)

Our Verdict: Upgrading from R9 285 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.

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AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon R9 285
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018
52
36
2018
45
32
2018
41
28
2017
46
32
2017
41
48
2016
71
49
2015
48
36
2013
64
46
2013
54
41

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AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon R9 285
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018
38
27
2018
27
18
2017
29
20
2017
31
37
2016
49
34
2015
33
21
2013
41
30
2013
33
35

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AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon R9 285
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018
25
18
2018
16
11
2017
16
11
2017
18
21
2016
25
18

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. It appears that the RX 470 is a more capable mid-range card that can play AAA titles at 1080p with 60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for RX 470 against the competition in budget mid-range cards. With current 4096 MB RAM, the RX 470 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "alexdwilsons-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "search"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Best AMD Radeon RX 470 Offers"; amzn_assoc_default_search_phrase = "AMD Radeon RX 470"; amzn_assoc_default_category = "Electronics"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "315127406b2046a2d339d6502b652881"; amzn_assoc_design = "in_content"; amzn_assoc_default_browse_node = "172282";

AMD Radeon R9 285 / Core i7-4770K

For the most part, the R9 285 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 2048 MB RAM, the R9 285 can have serious memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. This combination between R9 285 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between R9 285 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 2048 MB RAM, the R9 285 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.
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RX 470 vs R9 285 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 470 R9 285
Board NumberC940, D000-03, D009-07C766
Length9.5 inches 241 mm8.7 inches 221 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort2x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin2x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W190 W

Clock Speeds

RX 470 R9 285
GPU Clock926 MHz918 MHz
Memory Clock1650 MHz 6600 MHz effective1375 MHz 5500 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 470 R9 285
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price179 USD249 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateAug 4th, 2016Sep 2nd, 2014

Graphics Features

RX 470 R9 285
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL22
OpenGL4.54.5
Shader Model66
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX 470 R9 285
ArchitectureGCN 4.0GCN 3.0
Die Size244 mm²366 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereTonga
GPU VariantPolaris 10 PRO (215-0876204)Tonga PRO (215-0851128)
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million5,000 million

Memory

RX 470 R9 285
Bandwidth211.2 GB/s176.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit256 bit
Memory Size4096 MB2048 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 470 R9 285
Compute Units3228
ROPs3232
Shading Units20481792
TMUs128112

Theoretical Performance

RX 470 R9 285
FP16 (half) performance4,940 GFLOPS (1:1)3,290 GFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance4,940 GFLOPS3,290 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance308.7 GFLOPS (1:16)205.6 GFLOPS (1:16)
Pixel Rate38.59 GPixel/s29.38 GPixel/s
Texture Rate154.4 GTexel/s102.8 GTexel/s