AMD Radeon RX 470
vs
AMD Radeon R9 290

AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon R9 290
RX 470 R9 290 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 470 AMD Radeon R9 290
Price $ 199.0 $ 310.0 111 (56%)
Year 2016 2013 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 94C 19 (25%)
Max Fan Noise 49.4dB 60.1dB 10.7 (22%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 625W 155 (33%)
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 61.4 FPS 7.1 (13%)
Average 1440p Performance 39.9 FPS 44.4 FPS 4.5 (11%)
Average 4K Performance 23.7 FPS 29.0 FPS 5.3 (22%)
Memory 4 GB 4 GB 0 (0%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.3 $ 6.5 3.2 (97%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 4.5 $ 9.0 4.5 (100%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 7.6 $ 13.8 6.2 (82%)
Overall Combination Score 72/100 63/100 9 (12%)
Our Verdict: 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, the is an option for upgrade. Upgrading from RX 470 to R9 290 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 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
54.0
54.0
2019 Anthem
34.8
34.8
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
51.0
51.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
65.4
66.4
2019 Metro Exodus
29.2
29.6
2018 Forza Horizon 4
45.0
53.0
2018 Fallout 76
52.0
61.0
2018 Hitman 2
41.0
48.0
2018 Just Cause 4
42.1
42.7
2018 Monster Hunter: World
45.4
46.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
41.0
43.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
45.5
53.2
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
58.3
59.1
2017 For Honor
77.8
78.8
2017 Project CARS 2
55.1
55.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
66.7
67.7
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
41.7
44.8
2016 Hitman
73.8
66.6
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
63.1
58.5
2016 The Division
54.5
48.2
2016 Overwatch
70.7
82.6
2016 Dishonored 2
40.2
40.7
2015 DiRT Rally
86.1
99.0
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
47.7
50.7
2015 The Witcher 3
47.6
47.0
2015 Rocket League
226.8
230.0
2015 Need For Speed
62.9
63.7
2015 Project CARS
60.3
61.1
2013 Crysis 3
54.2
56.5
2013 Battlefield 4
63.5
73.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
155.5
157.7
2009 League of Legends
291.6
295.7

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AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
40.2
40.2
2019 Anthem
27.6
27.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
39.6
39.6
2019 Resident Evil 2
44.1
44.7
2019 Metro Exodus
22.7
23.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
38.0
45.0
2018 Hitman 2
27.0
31.0
2018 Just Cause 4
31.1
31.5
2018 Monster Hunter: World
31.8
32.2
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
31.0
33.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
29.4
34.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
42.1
42.7
2017 For Honor
45.4
46.0
2017 Project CARS 2
38.9
39.4
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
60.3
61.1
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
39.0
41.3
2016 Hitman
53.1
50.6
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
43.1
41.8
2016 The Division
40.0
37.1
2016 Overwatch
49.0
56.7
2016 Dishonored 2
34.3
34.8
2015 DiRT Rally
59.9
69.9
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
32.6
35.9
2015 The Witcher 3
35.3
36.3
2015 Rocket League
97.2
98.6
2015 Need For Speed
48.6
49.3
2015 Project CARS
46.0
46.6
2013 Crysis 3
32.9
36.7
2013 Battlefield 4
41.2
49.6
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
129.6
131.4
2009 League of Legends
162.0
164.2

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AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon R9 290
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
24.0
24.0
2019 Anthem
15.0
15.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
21.0
21.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
21.7
22.0
2019 Metro Exodus
14.3
14.5
2018 Forza Horizon 4
25.0
30.0
2018 Hitman 2
16.0
18.0
2018 Just Cause 4
16.2
16.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
15.2
15.4
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
18.0
19.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
16.1
18.9
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
29.2
29.6
2017 For Honor
22.7
23.0
2017 Project CARS 2
32.4
32.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
50.5
51.2
2016 Overwatch
25.2
29.4
2016 Dishonored 2
27.2
27.6
2015 Rocket League
45.4
46.0
2015 Need For Speed
32.4
32.9
2015 Project CARS
32.4
32.9
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
116.6
118.3
2009 League of Legends
64.8
65.7

AMD Radeon RX 470 / Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz

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.

AMD Radeon R9 290 / Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz

At 1440p, R9 290 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the R9 290 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. It is worth noting that the R9 290 is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. It is important to know that R9 290 's max load temperature is very high and might require custom cooling solutions. This combination between R9 290 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 290 and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the R9 290 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

RX 470 vs R9 290 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 470 R9 290
Board NumberC940, D000-03, D009-07C671
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 W275 W

Clock Speeds

RX 470 R9 290
GPU Clock926 MHz947 MHz
Memory Clock1650 MHz 6600 MHz effective1250 MHz 5000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 470 R9 290
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price179 USD399 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateAug 4th, 2016Nov 5th, 2013

Graphics Features

RX 470 R9 290
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL22
OpenGL4.54.6
Shader Model66
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX 470 R9 290
ArchitectureGCN 4.0GCN 2.0
Die Size244 mm²438 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereHawaii
GPU VariantPolaris 10 PRO (215-0876204)Hawaii PRO (215-0852020)
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million6,200 million

Memory

RX 470 R9 290
Bandwidth211.2 GB/s320.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit512 bit
Memory Size4096 MB4096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 470 R9 290
Compute Units3240
ROPs3264
Shading Units20482560
TMUs128160

Theoretical Performance

RX 470 R9 290
FP32 (float) performance4,940 GFLOPS4,849 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance308.7 GFLOPS (1:16)606.1 GFLOPS (1:8)
Pixel Rate38.59 GPixel/s60.61 GPixel/s
Texture Rate154.4 GTexel/s151.5 GTexel/s

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