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Radeon RX 470 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The Radeon RX 470 comes with core clock 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 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which comes with a clock frequency of 1717 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 7 nm design. It features 1408 SPUs, 88 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 120 Watts
Radeon RX 5500 XT 130 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (8%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 5500 XT should theoretically perform just a bit faster than the Radeon RX 470 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT should be a lot (approximately 27%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 470. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 151096 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32568 (27%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT should be much (approximately 85%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 470, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 54944 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 25312 (85%)

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 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year August 2016 December 2019
Code Name Polaris 10 Navi 14 XTX
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 926 MHz 1717 MHz
Memory Speed 6600 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 211200 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 118528 Mtexels/sec 151096 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29632 Mpixels/sec 54944 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 MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to its 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 clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory 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 5500 XT

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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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