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Radeon RX 470 4GB vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

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

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which makes use of a 7 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1717 MHz. The GDDR6 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 120 Watts
Radeon RX 5500 XT 130 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (8%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 5500 XT should be 9% quicker than the Radeon RX 470 4GB overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 229376 MB/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 211200 MB/sec
Difference: 18176 (9%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT will be a lot (more or less 27%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 470 4GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 151096 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 118528 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32568 (27%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT will be much (about 85%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon RX 470 4GB, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 54944 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 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.

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Specifications

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Model Radeon RX 470 4GB Radeon RX 5500 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year August 2016 December 2019
Code Name Polaris 10 Navi 14 XTX
Memory 4096 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 max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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