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Radeon RX 470 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5500, which has core speeds of 1670 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 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 5500 150 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 5500 should perform just a bit faster than the Radeon RX 470 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 229376 MB/sec
Radeon RX 470 211200 MB/sec
Difference: 18176 (9%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 will be quite a bit (approximately 24%) better at AF than the Radeon RX 470. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 146960 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 28432 (24%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 will be a lot (about 80%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon RX 470, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 53440 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 23808 (80%)

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 5500
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year August 2016 October 2019
Code Name Polaris 10 Navi 14 XT
Memory 8192 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 926 MHz 1670 MHz
Memory Speed 6600 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 211200 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 118528 Mtexels/sec 146960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29632 Mpixels/sec 53440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 1408
Texture Mapping Units 128 88
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 7 nm
Transistors 5700 million 6400 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon RX 470

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Radeon RX 5500

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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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