It all seems that the red camp is losing out in the quest for producing the fastest graphics card out in the market. They have changed their strategy and are targeting to gain some market share from providing graphics card of the best possible cost to performance ratio. Today, we will take a look at the AMD RX 470 graphics card to see if it lives up to its expectations.
Specifically, we have the premium ASUS STRIX RX 470 for review today. ASUS is the manufacturer for both AMD and NVIDIA graphics card, and they have released the new STRIX edition for cards coming from both brands. The STRIX RX 470 has also inherited some of the best features coming from the top of the line cards that boasts great aesthetics, cooling performance and overclocking capabilities. We will also explore these features in the review.
- 1250MHz engine clock in gaming mode
- 1270MHz engine clock in OC mode
- PCI Express® 3.0
- OpenGL® 4.5
- 4GB GDDR5 memory
- 256-bit memory interface
- 2 x Native DVI-D output
- 1 x Native HDMI 2.0 output
- 1 x Native Display Port 1.4
Cooling, Design and Features
The ASUS STRIX RX 470 features a custom cooling solution. Specifically, this solution is backed by 2 main components that ensures that heat can be dissipated efficiently away from the card. In fact, the ASUS STRIX RX 470 is one of the coolest cards available out in the market.
The colours of the ROG logo can be customized with the AURA software. There are even different light effects to choose from.
Performance and Overclocking
- Intel Core i7 6700K
- 16 GB Kingston DDR4 RAM clocked at 2400MHz
- ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mark S
- Samsung 850 EVO M.2 500GB SSD
- Windows 10 Enterprise 64bit
- AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.8.2
- ASUS ROG STRIX PG348Q Gaming Monitor
- Default ASUS OC Mode for Synthetic Benchmarks, Preset Settings
- Default ASUS OC Mode at 3440 x 1440 for Games, Maxed out Settings
- Default ASUS OC Mode at 1920 x 1080 for Games, Maxed out Settings
- User OC Mode at 3440 x 1440 for Games, Maxed out Settings
- User OC Mode at 1920 x 1080 for Games, Maxed out Settings
3DMark FireStrike 1.1
3DMark Time Spy
Unigine Heaven 4.0 (Extreme Preset)
The ASUS STRIX RX 470 is indeed a graphics card that performs very well. We are certain that it can run all games at 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution smoothly, with FPS well above 60. However, at higher resolutions nearer to 4K, the card struggles to reach 60 FPS most of the time in our Lost Planet 2 benchmark.
The 3DMark synthetic benchmarks also showed that the RX 470 is capable of running VR games and applications, as it meets the performance requirements of a VR system.
Based on our tests, we know that the specially modified ASUS STRIX RX 470 is made to perform much faster than a reference card. It is factory overclocked and provides faster performance out out the box. Moreover, we found it can be easily overclocked to even higher clock rates. We were able to squeeze out additional frames per second in all the games with a higher core and memory clock. The card remained to be cool throughout the tests, as fan speeds increased in response to the higher temperatures.
The new graphics card of 2016 has all enjoyed the benefits of the smaller manufacturing process, and was able to significantly bring down the power consumption of the GPU, while improving performance. While the green camp certainly captured the performance top spot, we feel that AMD retained the “best bang for the buck” title.
The ASUS STRIX RX 470 brings out the best that the AMD GPU has to offer. With added power phases and cooling capabilities, the ASUS STRIX RX 470 can be pushed even further from its factory settings. If you have some spare cash on hand, two of these units will can bring upon out of the world performance for your new computer system.