AMD, the sole competitor of Nvidia in the graphics card space, has shifted its company’s direction by providing affordable graphics cards as opposed to going toe-to-toe with Nvidia in the flagship models.
In previous installments, AMD was not really able to challenge Nvidia as the latter has better graphics cards that are more power-efficient and didn’t produce quite a lot of heat.
Since then, they’ve released a more affordable RX 480 that although has great performance, was mired with some sort of power issue. That has been fixed but it did leave a bad impression in people who wanted to buy that said card.
So, if your company has suffered that kind of bad impression among the public, the only way to rectify yourself is by releasing a new product that will hopefully reinvigorate people’s attention towards your products.
That seems to be the case with AMD as they have released their newer and more affordable RX 470.
The RX 470 may have cut down specs from the 480 but it is still going to be a solid 1080p card.
Probably the best thing about the RX 470 is the price of the card. This card, at least in its suggested retail price, is going to be sold for 170-190 dollars depending on your area and depending on the supply and demand.
The RX 470 will be using AMD’s new graphics architecture called “Polaris”, which is reported to be much more power efficient than previous AMD graphics cards.
Furthermore, the RX 470 is probably the minimum requirement if you want to play VR games as AMD is looking forward to bringing VR gaming into the mainstream.
With that said, what can people expect with the RX 470? First of all, unlike the RX 480, the RX 470 will not have a reference card. It will only be sold by partner manufacturers like Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, etc.
Also, the maximum memory capacity of the RX 470 is only 4GB as opposed to the 480 having a maximum of 8GB of RAM.
As gaming currently stands, 4GB of VRAM is still pretty hefty, although it may not be as future proof as the 480.
It is also worth noting that the RX 470 is clocked down a bit lower than the 480. It comes with a base clock of 926MHz but if given a lot of temperature headroom, the card will boost its frequencies until high temperatures kick in.
It’s got 4.9 TeraFlops of compute power and only uses a single 6-pin power connector to power up the entire graphics card.
This is actually an interesting thing considering that AMD’s previous graphics cards would almost always require an 8-pin and a 6-pin power connector.
Different manufacturers will probably overclock the card right out of the box and they might include software that can OC the card even further.
If you are looking for a budget 1080p graphics card that is more than capable of delivering more than 60 frames per second, then the RX 470 is a very interesting choice. Do note that the RX 470 is priced much lower to that of the GTX 1060.