AMD Radeon RX 470
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

AMD Radeon RX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
RX 470 GTX 970 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 470 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Price $ 199.0 $ 445.0 246 (124%)
Year 2016 2014 2 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 64C 11 (15%)
Max Fan Noise 49.4dB 47.5dB 1.9 (4%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 498W 28 (6%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99)
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 66.0 FPS 11.7 (22%)
Average 1440p Performance 39.9 FPS 46.8 FPS 6.9 (17%)
Average 4K Performance 23.7 FPS 29.4 FPS 5.7 (24%)
Memory 4 GB 4 GB 0 (0%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.3 $ 5.0 1.7 (51%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 4.5 $ 7.0 2.5 (56%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 7.6 $ 11.2 3.6 (47%)
Overall Combination Score 72/100 66/100 6 (8%)
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 GTX 970 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
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
54.0
63.0
2019 Anthem
34.8
40.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
51.0
59.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
65.4
72.1
2019 Metro Exodus
29.2
32.1
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
69.0
52.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
26.0
27.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
54.0
57.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
48.0
44.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
45.0
64.0
2018 Fallout 76
52.0
61.5
2018 Hitman 2
41.0
48.0
2018 Just Cause 4
42.1
46.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
45.4
50.0
2018 Battlefield V
62.0
61.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
40.0
41.0
2017 Destiny 2
87.0
91.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
41.0
48.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
45.5
64.4
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
58.3
64.3
2017 For Honor
77.8
85.7
2017 Project CARS 2
55.1
60.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
66.7
73.5
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
41.7
39.5
2016 Hitman
73.8
59.8
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
63.1
70.5
2016 The Division
54.5
52.3
2016 Overwatch
70.7
100.1
2016 Dishonored 2
40.2
44.3
2015 DiRT Rally
86.1
94.5
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
47.7
56.8
2015 The Witcher 3
47.6
52.2
2015 Rocket League
226.8
249.9
2015 Need For Speed
62.9
69.3
2015 Project CARS
60.3
66.4
2013 Crysis 3
54.2
62.1
2013 Battlefield 4
63.5
80.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
155.5
171.4
2009 League of Legends
291.6
321.3

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AMD Radeon RX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
40.2
46.9
2019 Anthem
27.6
32.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
39.6
46.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
44.1
48.6
2019 Metro Exodus
22.7
25.0
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
47.0
29.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
24.0
26.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
39.0
40.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
31.0
29.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
38.0
54.0
2018 Fallout 76
45.0
40.0
2018 Hitman 2
27.0
31.0
2018 Just Cause 4
31.1
34.3
2018 Monster Hunter: World
31.8
35.0
2018 Battlefield V
43.0
48.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
28.0
27.0
2017 Destiny 2
74.0
78.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
31.0
37.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
29.4
42.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
42.1
46.4
2017 For Honor
45.4
50.0
2017 Project CARS 2
38.9
42.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
60.3
66.4
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
39.0
34.4
2016 Hitman
53.1
43.2
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
43.1
48.4
2016 The Division
40.0
38.2
2016 Overwatch
49.0
68.6
2016 Dishonored 2
34.3
37.8
2015 DiRT Rally
59.9
63.9
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
32.6
38.2
2015 The Witcher 3
35.3
38.7
2015 Rocket League
97.2
107.1
2015 Need For Speed
48.6
53.5
2015 Project CARS
46.0
50.7
2013 Crysis 3
32.9
38.0
2013 Battlefield 4
41.2
51.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
129.6
142.8
2009 League of Legends
162.0
178.5

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AMD Radeon RX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
24.0
28.0
2019 Anthem
15.0
17.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
21.0
24.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
21.7
23.9
2019 Metro Exodus
14.3
15.7
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
28.0
30.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
17.0
18.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
23.0
24.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
17.0
15.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
25.0
36.0
2018 Fallout 76
25.0
22.0
2018 Hitman 2
16.0
18.0
2018 Just Cause 4
16.2
17.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
15.2
16.8
2018 Battlefield V
25.0
25.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
13.0
15.0
2017 Destiny 2
37.0
39.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
18.0
21.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
16.1
22.4
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
29.2
32.1
2017 For Honor
22.7
25.0
2017 Project CARS 2
32.4
35.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
50.5
55.7
2016 Overwatch
25.2
35.7
2016 Dishonored 2
27.2
30.0
2015 Rocket League
45.4
50.0
2015 Need For Speed
32.4
35.7
2015 Project CARS
32.4
35.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
116.6
128.5
2009 League of Legends
64.8
71.4

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.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz

At 1440p, GTX 970 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 GTX 970 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. With regards to max load temperature, the GTX 970 's cooling is excellent at keeping it cool and under control. This combination between GTX 970 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 GTX 970 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the GTX 970 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

RX 470 vs GTX 970 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 470 GTX 970
Board NumberC940, D000-03, D009-07PG401
Length9.5 inches 241 mm10.5 inches 267 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin2x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W148 W

Clock Speeds

RX 470 GTX 970
Boost Clock1206 MHz1178 MHz
GPU Clock926 MHz1050 MHz
Memory Clock1650 MHz 6600 MHz effective1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 470 GTX 970
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)GeForce 900
Launch Price179 USD329 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateAug 4th, 2016Sep 19th, 2014

Graphics Features

RX 470 GTX 970
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL21.2
OpenGL4.54.6
Shader Model66.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX 470 GTX 970
ArchitectureGCN 4.0Maxwell 2.0
Die Size244 mm²398 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereGM204
GPU VariantPolaris 10 PRO (215-0876204)GM204-200-A1
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million5,200 million

Memory

RX 470 GTX 970
Bandwidth211.2 GB/s224.4 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit256 bit
Memory Size4096 MB4096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 470 GTX 970
ROPs3256
Shading Units20481664
TMUs128104

Theoretical Performance

RX 470 GTX 970
FP32 (float) performance4,940 GFLOPS3,920 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance308.7 GFLOPS (1:16)122.5 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate38.59 GPixel/s65.97 GPixel/s
Texture Rate154.4 GTexel/s122.5 GTexel/s

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rubbishlibrary 1 month ago
i'm confused betweent these two cards which one will run smoothly on 1080p
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tactiletheme 1 month ago
yes absolutely
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endnotetokahee 2 months ago
I want to know which graphic cards perform better and also should i take this over the gtx 950 that i was planning on buying in a couple of months for my first pc build
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synthesisgem 2 months ago
I think it's safe to say the 470 is going to be much better than the 950, but it's anyone's guess at this stage if it will be better than the 970.
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radiatorspiffy 2 months ago
I was originally going to get the xfx rx 480 for £182 but it was discontinued, which one of these cards should i get there is the sapphire rx 470 oc 4gb and sapphire rx 480 4gb and then there is gtx 970, bear in mind that i dont want to get any card over £200
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muscleacceptor 2 months ago
Look for benchmarks of the games YOU play.
The best card may well differ.
as to vram, I think it should be a non issue.
VRAM has become a marketing issue.
My understanding is that vram is more of a performance issue than a functional issue.
A game needs to have most of the data in vram that it uses most of the time.
Somewhat like real ram.
If a game needs something not in vram, it needs to get it across the pcie boundary
hopefully from real ram and hopefully not from a hard drive.
It is not informative to know to what level the available vram is filled.
Possibly much of what is there is not needed.
What is not known is the rate of vram exchange.
Vram is managed by the Graphics card driver, and by the game. There may be differences in effectiveness between amd and nvidia cards.
And differences between games.
Here is an older performance test comparing 2gb with 4gb vram.
http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Video-Card-Performance-2GB-vs-4GB-Memory-154/
Spoiler... not a significant difference.
A more current set of tests shows the same results:
http://www.techspot.com/review/1114-vram-comparison-test/page5.html

And... no game maker wants to limit their market by
requiring huge amounts of vram. The vram you see will be appropriate to the particular card.
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romenike 2 months ago
Hi
I am torn between sapphire Rx 470 nitro + 4gb and gigabyte gtx 970 g1.
The second card(gtx970) is second hand but almost cheaper than Rx 470.
Given the fact that amd is better than nvidia at directx 12 and vulkan
What do you think I have to do?
Thanks
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gongwood 2 months ago


COnsidering the horsepower difference between the two, i find only no. 4 to be valid. And yeah, if you plan on buying a monitor, getting the 470 because FreeSync monitors are way cheaper is very much merited because adaptive sync absolutely rocks.
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peltdetrital 2 months ago
So guys pls help me about my desicionmaking.Soon I will buy new GPU which is gonna work with i5 4690 8 GB ram mobo GB h81 p2sv 1tb HDD 120 GB ssd and 650w PSU.Which is the best of them for gaming/streaming.That's what I wanna know pls help
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balearicventricle 2 months ago



makes no difference, in fact BECAUSE it is cheaper


1060 >>> 480 > 970 >> 470
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cleaversculling 2 months ago
Hi guys, i'm planning to buy a new graphics card to replace my ASUS DirectCU II TOP R9 280x 3GB but i can't decide for a GPU. I want one of these three GPU:

GTX 970
R9 390
RX 470

These are the components of my PC:

AsRock Fatal1ty Z97x Killer
Intel Core i5 4590
Kingston HyperX Genesis 2x4GB 1600Mhz DDR3
ASUS DirectCU II TOP R9 280x
Cooler Master V6 GT
EVGA 600B 80 Plus Bronze

So, what GPU is better for me? Actually i play in 1080p and i want one of that GPU's to have it for 2 o 3 years
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keroseneengorge 2 months ago


I will go from what I know.

I have the same processor and a GTX 970, and there is no bottlenecking at all, and I can play most games in really high quality, things like far car 4 at maximum settings, this is at 1080p as well.

The 4590 and 970 seems like a really good match-up to me, but you can get a GTX 1060 for an extra £30-40, and that is just a little behind the GTX 980, and you can get 6GB of VRAM.

So I would recommend either a 970, or a 1060. I don't know too much about AMD Cards, but the 390 and 470 are both really good cards. Although I would recommend a 480 over the 470.
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shirleyglazing 3 months ago
Hey guys!!! Some doubts on gpu. Will the gtx 970 be better or Rx 470 on an i3 3220. Which will bottleneck more? I just want a rx 470 equivalent in nvidia since (Nvidia) drivers have better optimisations. Just want to play Just cause 3, Batman Arkham Knight, Watch dogs 2 etc. Above 40-45 fps is good on high settings. Will the Crimson drivers be okay on these games? Nvidia has total rollback of drivers and Geforce experience and kther stuffs too. Thanks a lot guys!!! Gtx 970 vs rx 470 ( ok with a good 500w psu?)
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prudishlydrizzly 3 months ago
Not sure where this 30-40% bottleneck is coming from either.

If you grabbed even a flagship GPU you wouldn't see too much trouble with the i3. You might have 10-15 FPS less than someone running an i7, but it won't be quite as dramatic as only running 30-40% as fast.

The GPU will do its thing most of the time. Just needs the CPU to feed it a little data. The CPU becomes a limiting factor when you run a game that requires more CPU horsepower. On high end recently released games you probably will perform less than others with faster processors, but you will still have that GPU available for less CPU demanding games.

Bottlenecks really only apply at the top end when you are trying to get the most performance out of a system. When you are mixing new/old parts you get what you get. You should spend the most amount of money you are willing on whatever computer component you are buying to maximize potential performance.
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balearicventricle 3 months ago
So, I am looking to upgrade my GPU since my current one is a R9 270 and isn't doing as good now. My current CPU is a AMD FX 6300, I was going to upgrade it but I don't mind the bottleneck on certain games plus it seems good for many 1080P current gen games right now as well.

So, a recent friend of mine told me that the GTX 970 will just be a waste and I should just wait for the RX 470-480 and it comes out tomorrow I believe. I am not sure on what card to get now, what card would be better for gaming and would be good towards my CPU as well? Thanks.

Also, my motherboard is a Gigabyte 970A-DS3P so will the cards work in my motherboard as well? Thanks.
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fakesquiggle 3 months ago
1) CPU bottleneck:
This seems to confuse a lot of people. A gtx970 is not "a waste" paired with an FX-6300 because there are many games with minimal CPU bottleneck. The 2013 Tomb Raider is one example:
http://www.techspot.com/review/645-tomb-raider-performance/page5.html

In other games you may see over 40% higher FPS with a good GPU and recent i5/i7 CPU, but again it VARIES a lot by the game.

Future DX12 games will start to use the six threads in your CPU much better than they do know so you'll less of a bottleneck in many future games.

2) CPU bottleneck Part 2:
AMD's DX11 drivers are not nearly as efficient as NVidia's. So for games with a CPU bottleneck, the GTX970 is going to do better (relatively). Having said that, the RX-480 should do better in games that have minimal CPU bottleneck.

3) RX-480:
First, I'd get the 8GB version, non-reference such as Asus Strix (not 4GB, not reference).

We don't have all the RX-480 details but we do know:
a) much better DX12 support (when properly optimized for) due to ASync Compute, preemption etc than the GTX900 series and previous
b) 8GB VRAM is an option
c) VR support is better due to asynch time warp/preemption (though we don't know if there's a performance enhancement like the GTX1080/1070 has which can boost FPS by up to 1.6X due to rendering a single pass for both images)

d) other stuff: HDR, HEVC, higher bandwidth (all stuff for better monitors)
e) Freesync is cheaper than GSYNC (though still expensive. The one I recommend is 0USD. Asus, 27", 2560x1440, IPS). Note that not all Freesync works well. Must be at least 2.5X max to min (such as 30Hz to 75Hz range.) or there is no support below the minimum. Some are only 40Hz to 60Hz which is horrible.

Summary:
I'd wait for a good RX-480 8GB card.

Note that the consoles have a GCN GPU so game code is going to be optimized for this. In fact, the 2017, XB1 Scorpio appears to have an RX-480 GPU (as part of the APU). The new Polaris GPU's are slightly tweaked versions of the previous GPU's.

Now NVidia can and will have ways of performing tweaks so this is not to say that AMD is superior, just that the GCN architecture is in the current and updated consoles so there's an incentive to optimize for this now that DX12 is starting to allow more hardware level access.
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neogenedealt 3 months ago
So I'm working on building a computer and I'm in the process of putting the list together. I haven't purchased anything. What I've got on the list so far:

CPU (i5-6500)
Motherboard (MSI Z170A SLI)
16GB HyperX Fury DDR4 Ram
600W EVGA B1 PSU
Corsair Spec-02 case

Peripherals:
Mouse + Keyboard + Headset
24" ViewSonic FreeSync monitor.

All of the above totals roughly 0.
I'm wanting to keep my budget under 00, and I just need to decide on a GPU now.

I've had my heart set on the RX 480, but from what I've seen, they are either sold out everywhere or the prices are jacked up to 0+. Newegg seems to have reasonable prices under the 0 mark, but I'm not sure when they'll be in stock again.

So my question is this.
For maxed settings in games at 1080p, would the RX 470 be best? Or should I opt for a 970?

Or would it be better to play the waiting game for the RX 480?
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crispclad 3 months ago
z170a mobo is not needed since you can't oc your 6500
970 should perform a little better than a 470.
http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/radeon-rx-470-benchmarks.html
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