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Radeon RX 470 – the NBT for impoverished gamers

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If you can’t afford a nice, very fast Radeon RX 480 it's smaller sibling, the 4GB, GDDR5 RX 470, is the next best thing. At US$179, it has all of the Polaris 10 features the average gamers will need – until the next upgrade.

AMD has publicly stated it is “out to win in graphics” and the RX 470 is a key part of that policy, as will be the even lower-cost RX 460 which is still in the pipeline.

Early overseas reviews state that the Radeon RX 470 is an extremely capable 1080p, up to 100 fps, performer — even doing well at 1440p but as most gamers only want 1080p this is the right card for them. It also comes from AMD as a “chip only”, allowing its OEMs to add a little flair to the designs (by comparison the RX 480 comes as a finished board, and OEMs can’t do too much to it).

AMD says that in comparison to the RX 480, there is about a 10% reduction in SPU and TMUs and the same ROP. In other words, it is pretty close at 4.9 TFLOPS versus 5.8.

“We are delivering the next chapter of the Radeon rebellion with the new Radeon RX 470, a GPU which offers brilliant HD gaming and is packed with future-proof technology at an impeccable price,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice-president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “We’ve defined the Radeon RX lineup with feedback from gamers and enthusiasts who use our graphics technology. They have spoken, and we have listened. The Radeon RX 470 is a premium card with compelling features that will entice enthusiasts worldwide.”

The Radeon RX 470 dramatically outperforms AMD’s previous generation in gaming with its 32 compute units, 2048 stream processors, and up to 4.9 teraflops processing power with typical board power draw of 120 watts. This produces outstanding gaming with greater than 60 fps at ultra settings on a wide variety of the latest game titles.

Radeon RX 470 Features

Gamer optimised – Powered by 4th generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture featuring asynchronous shaders and an enhanced geometry engine, it offers exceptionally smooth gameplay at HD resolutions on the latest DirectX 12, Vulkan, and e-Sports titles.

Cool efficiency – It features FinFET 14nm technology bringing new levels of performance and low system power requirements.

Stunning HDR pixels – Supports the new generation of HDR content and displays for video and gaming.

Game changing control Radeon software drivers enable the ultimate in performance, features, and stability to ensure an exceptionally smooth and fast out-of-box experience. The latest Radeon settings give per state control overclocks and voltage.

Quiet Gaming – It has silent gaming features that dynamically optimise sound volumes based on actual temperature and workloads.

Availability

It is available now from retailers and e-tailers. Australian and New Zealand distributors include Ingram, Synnex, Dove, PB Tech, Rectron, Leader, and Mittoni.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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