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Radeon RX 470 4GB vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The Radeon RX 470 4GB uses a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 926 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1650 MHz on this card. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 590, which comes with GPU core speed of 1469 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 2000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 2304 SPUs, 144 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 120 Watts
Radeon RX 590 175 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (46%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 590 should be quite a bit faster than the Radeon RX 470 4GB in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 262144 MB/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 211200 MB/sec
Difference: 50944 (24%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 should be much (approximately 78%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon RX 470 4GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 211536 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 118528 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 93008 (78%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 will be much (more or less 59%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon RX 470 4GB, and also able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 47008 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 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 4GB Radeon RX 590
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year August 2016 November 2018
Code Name Polaris 10 Polaris 30
Memory 4096 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 (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon RX 470 4GB

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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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