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Radeon RX 470 4GB vs Radeon RX 480 4GB

Intro

The Radeon RX 470 4GB features a GPU clock speed of 926 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1650 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which has core clock speeds of 1120 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 470 4GB 270 Sol/s
Radeon RX 480 4GB 267 Sol/s
Difference: 3 (1%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 470 4GB 27 Mh/s
Radeon RX 480 4GB 25 Mh/s
Difference: 2 (8%)

Monero Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 480 4GB 800 h/s
Radeon RX 470 4GB 750 h/s
Difference: 50 (7%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 120 Watts
Radeon RX 480 4GB 150 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 480 4GB should in theory be just a bit superior to the Radeon RX 470 4GB in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 229376 MB/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 211200 MB/sec
Difference: 18176 (9%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 4GB is much (more or less 36%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 470 4GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 161280 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 118528 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 42752 (36%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 480 4GB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 35840 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6208 (21%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model Radeon RX 470 4GB Radeon RX 480 4GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year August 2016 June 2016
Code Name Polaris 10 Polaris 10
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 926 MHz 1120 MHz
Memory Speed 6600 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 211200 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 118528 Mtexels/sec 161280 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29632 Mpixels/sec 35840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 2304
Texture Mapping Units 128 144
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 14 nm
Transistors 5700 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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