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Radeon RX 470 vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The Radeon RX 470 features a clock frequency of 926 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1650 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It is comprised of 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 590, which makes use of a 12 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1469 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this model. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 Texture Address Units 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

Theoretically, the Radeon RX 590 should perform quite a bit faster than the Radeon RX 470 in general. (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 (approximately 78%) faster with regards to 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

The Radeon RX 590 will be a lot (approximately 59%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 470, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions better. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum 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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