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Radeon RX 470 vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The Radeon RX 470 has core speeds of 926 MHz on the GPU, and 1650 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 590, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1469 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 2000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2304 Stream Processors, 144 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 120 Watts
Radeon RX 590 175 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (46%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 590 should in theory be quite a bit superior to the Radeon RX 470 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 262144 MB/sec
Radeon RX 470 211200 MB/sec
Difference: 50944 (24%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 should be much (about 78%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 470. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 211536 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 93008 (78%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 590 is superior to the Radeon RX 470, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 47008 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17376 (59%)

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 Radeon RX 590
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year August 2016 November 2018
Code Name Polaris 10 Polaris 30
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 926 MHz 1469 MHz
Memory Speed 6600 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 211200 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 118528 Mtexels/sec 211536 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29632 Mpixels/sec 47008 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 12 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon RX 470

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Radeon RX 590

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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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