AMD Radeon RX 470 vs RX 480

AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon RX 480

General info

Comparison of Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 480 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
GCN 4.0
 
GCN 4.0
Code name
Ellesmere
 
Ellesmere
GCN generation
n/d
 
4th Gen
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
n/d
 
reference
Release date
4 August 2016
 
29 June 2016
Launch price (MSRP)
$179
 
$229
Price now
$399
 
$360

Technical specs

Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 480's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 480's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2048
 
2304
Compute units
n/d
 
36
Core clock speed
926 MHz
 
1120 MHz
Boost Clock
1206 MHz
 
1266 MHz
Transistor count
5,700 million
 
5,700 million
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
120 Watt
 
150 Watt
Texture fill rate
154.4 GTexel / s
 
182.3 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
4,940 gflops
 
5,834 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 480 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
n/d
 
n / a
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
241 mm
 
241 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
1x 6-pin
Bridgeless CrossFire
-
 
+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 480: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
8 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
6600 MHz
 
2000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
211.2 GB / s
 
224 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 480.
Display Connectors
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Eyefinity
-
 
+
HDMI
-
 
2.0
DisplayPort support
-
 
1.4HDR

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 480. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
AppAcceleration
-
 
n / a
CrossFire
-
 
+
Enduro
-
 
n / a
FRTC
-
 
+
FreeSync
+
 
+
HD3D
-
 
n / a
LiquidVR
-
 
+
PowerTune
-
 
+
TressFX
-
 
+
TrueAudio
-
 
n / a
ZeroCore
-
 
+
UVD
-
 
+
VCE
-
 
+
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
+
 
+
HDMI 2.0b
+
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 480, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0 (12_0)
 
DirectX® 12
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.5
OpenCL
n/d
 
2.0
Vulkan
-
 
+
Mantle
-
 
n / a

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 480. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

RX 470 39.87
RX 480 42.06 +5.5%

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

RX 470 380689
RX 480 383333 +0.7%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

RX 470 68475
RX 480 72213 +5.5%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RX 470 9507
RX 480 10329 +8.6%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

RX 470 11885
RX 480 12186 +2.5%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

RX 470 17625
RX 480 17919 +1.7%

Passmark

RX 470 7671
RX 480 8135 +6%

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4501 +0%
 
4501 +0%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4501 +0%
 
4501 +0%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 480. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
495 Mh/s −23.2%
 
610 Mh/s +23.2%
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
30 Mh/s +11.1%
 
27 Mh/s −11.1%
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
200 Sol/s −35%
 
270 Sol/s +35%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 480 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 470

Somewhat newer (4 August 2016 vs 29 June 2016)
Cheaper ($179 vs $229)
Less power hungry (120 vs 150 watts)

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 480

5.5% faster in synthetic tests
More pipelines (2304 vs 2048)
Higher memory bandwidth (224 vs 211.2 GB/s)
Bridgeless CrossFire
Eyefinity (allows using several displays with an AMD GPU)
CrossFire
FRTC
LiquidVR
PowerTune (dynamically increases AMD GPU's voltage and frequency while there's still enough temperature headroom. Similar to NVIDIA GPU Boost)
TressFX
ZeroCore
UVD
VCE
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

So, RX 470 or RX 480?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon RX 470 and AMD Radeon RX 480. The differences in performance seem too small.
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