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Radeon RX 470 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The Radeon RX 470 comes with a GPU core speed of 926 MHz, and the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1650 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2048 Stream Processors, 128 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5500, which features a core clock speed of 1670 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 14000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 7 nm design. It is made up of 1408 SPUs, 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 is 9% faster than the Radeon RX 470 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 should be a lot (about 24%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon RX 470. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5500 is superior to the Radeon RX 470, and very much so. (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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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 28000 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. 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 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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