PowerColor Radeon RX 470 4GB Red Devil

Published: 5th Aug 2016, 07:58 GMT

PowerColor Radeon RX 470 4GB Red Devil: Product showcase

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The RX 470 from PowerColor is well built dual-slot graphics card. The shroud is actually made of plastic, but the red plates, including the one with the logo are metal (here I should mention that the logo is upside down when card is installed in the case, but according to PowerColor this will be ‘fixed’ soon).

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Of course this would be no Devil card without a backplate. It’s a full cover brushed metal plate with devil pentagram printed on it. It’s also a fingerprint magnet, so you need to be extra careful when installing it in the case.

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Here’s the picture of the board, which as you might’ve notice is fully custom. The display connectors are also non-reference, as we get extra DVI-D output.

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Here’s the main power section with six phases, and single 8-pin power connector on the second photo. There are 6+1 phases in total.

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Apparently two modules are covered in glue, I hope this is not a new technique of memory installation.

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Here’s the whole cooler and Double Blade III fans. This card features ‘Mute Fan Technology’, which you should know as 0db technology. This basically means fans will  not spin unless certain temperature is reached, in this case that’s 50+C.

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The rear of the card is where the most heat will be pushed outside the card. A good front case fan could really do wonders in this regard.

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The heat sink is well designed. It distributes heat between three heat pipes.

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The card is rather heavy, but no excessive sagging was present (our motherboard has reinforced PCI-E slot). The GPU base plate is similar MSI’s GAMING X series.

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In the box you will find some leaflets and drivers on CD.

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Specifications

Now, lets move on to specs. The RX 470 Red Devil has Dual-BIOS feature. You can chose between ‘Silent BIOS’ and ‘OC Bios’. The first one has boost clock of 1220 MHz and the OC gives you 1270 MHz. Whether those frequencies are reached in games and synthetics I will explain later in this article.

The RX 470 has Polaris 10 PRO GPU with 2048 Stream Processors, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs. This GPU configuration is not new for AMD, as the company had other cards with such specs in the past few years, the HD 7970, RX 280X and R9 380X. I didn’t have 380X for comparison, but I can tell that this card is faster than 280X, according to some of my older benchmarks.

The RX 470 has 4GB GDDR5 256-bit memory by default. Some manufacturers will offer 8GB version, but those cards will be more expensive than RX 480, so I’m not sure who is willing to buy those cards.

Our sample has 100 MHz higher memory clock than non-existent reference model (1650 MHz).

PowerColor RX 470 Red Devil Specifications
AMD RX 470PowerColor RX 470
Red Devil
AMD RX 480
GPU14nm FF Polaris PRO14nm FF Polaris 10
Unified Cores2048 : 128 : 322304
Boost Clock1206 MHz1220 MHz (Silent)
1270 MHz (OC)
1266 MHz
Memory Clock1650 MHz1750 MHz2000 MHz
Memory Configuration4GB GDDR58GB GDDR5
Memory Bus Width256-bit256-bit
CoolerDual-slot,
Single-fan
Dual-slot,
Dual-fan
Dual-slot, Single-Fan
Display Outputs3x DisplayPort
1x HDMI
3x DisplayPort
1x HDMI
1x DVI-D
3x DisplayPort
1x HDMI
Typical Board Power120W120W150W
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 8-pin1x 6-pin

PowerColor Radeon RX 470 4GB Red Devil: Overclocking

As always we start with overclocking. The first thing to mention are problems with Crimson 16.7.3. This is the latest driver for RX 400 cards, which brings better performance in some games like Rise of the Tomb Raider. This is also the driver that limits overclocking by introducing maximum clock speeds for memory. There are no other tools to overclock RX 470 right now with this driver, so I’ve settled with maximum 1800 MHz clock.

This card can probably go higher on the memory, but don’t forget it doesn’t have any heat spreaders over the modules, so I wouldn’t really advise to overclock it higher.

As for the GPU, the OC Bios already ships with the highest voltage allowed by this driver (1175mV), so we can’t go any further than 1350 MHz. Of course to keep the clock stable, we are enabling power limit of 150%. The fan speeds were also increased, which unfortunately means much nosier card.

PowerColor Radeon RX 470 Red Devil Overclocking

PowerColor Radeon RX 470 4GB Red Devil: Stability and thermal testing

As mentioned earlier, RX 470 Red Devil has two BIOSes. The silent BIOS has 1220 MHz clock, while the OC BIOS has 1270 MHz. In our stress testing it appears that both modes share almost identical average clock of 1030 MHz in Furmark and 1220 MHz in FS Stress Test.

It means that the card is reaching its power limits and as a result the actual performance is quite similar. Only by increasing power limit we can achieve a stable clock speed, which we were using in our overclocking profile.

PowerColor RX 470 Red Devil Stress testing
 IdleFire Strike
Stress Test
Furmark
Silent BIOS
Max. GPU Temperature 51 C 80 C80 C
Fan Speed 0 RPM1747 RPM1523 RPM
Typical Clock Speed300 MHz1217 MHz1035 MHz
Memory Clock 300 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz
OC Bios
Max. GPU Temperature50 C84 C80 C
Fan Speed0 RPM1340 RPM1480 RPM
Typical Clock Speed300 MHz1224 MHz1031 MHz
Memory Clock300 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz
Overclocking
Max. GPU Temperature50 C79 C 86 C
Fan Speed0 RPM2267 RPM2860 RPM
Typical Clock Speed300 MHz1350 MHz1350 MHz
Memory Clock300 MHz1800 MHz1800 MHz

Furmark: Silent BIOS

PowerColor Radeon RX 470 4GB Red Devil Furmark Silent BIOS

Furmark: OC BIOS

PowerColor Radeon RX 470 4GB Red Devil Furmark OC BIOS

Furmark: Overclocking

Furmark is the only benchmark that generates 86C temperature on this GPU, however this is only when card is overclocked and power limits are increased.

PowerColor Radeon RX 470 4GB Red Devil Furmark Overclocking

FireStrike Stress Testing

PC RX 470 RD Clock Stability

As you can see the variation of boost clock with OC mode is rather high, the frequency jumps to 1240 MHz only to decrease to 1215 MHz. One thing is certain, it does not reach stable 1270 MHz boost clock. Meanwhile in silent mode, the clock speed is almost stable at 1220 MHz.

PC RX 470 RD GPU Temp

In OC mode the GPU temperature raises up to 84C, while in silent mode it never goes beyond 80C. Our overclocking profile has rather high fan speeds, so the temperature never goes beyond 79C.

PC RX 470 RD Fan Speed

Here you can see the difference in fan profiles in both modes. In OC mode the fan speed increases more rapidly, while in silent mode you get less noise under 70C. However once it goes beyond 75C the fan speed is actually higher than in OC mode.

Testing platform

ComponentModelProvided by
CPUIntel Core i7 6800K @ 4200 MHz 
MotherboardASUS X99-A II 
MemoryG.Skill Trident Z DDR4 3200 MHz 16-18-18-38-2NG.SKILL
DisplayYamakasi Catleap Q270 
SSDSamsung 950 Pro M.2 
PSUOCZ 850W ZX 
OSWindows 10 x64 PRO
GPUPowerColor Radeon RX 470 Red Devil (Crimson 16.7.3)POWERCOLOR
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6G TOC (GeForce 368.81)MSI
MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4G (GeForce 368.81)
 HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC (Crimson 16.7.3)HIS

Other card specifications:

  • HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 OC –1070/1500 MHz (boost/memory)
  • MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 4GB — 1216/1279/1750 MHz (base/boost/memory)
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6G TOC  — 1544/1759/2000 MHz (base/boost/memory)

 Performance

 Performance metrics
PowerColor
RX 470 RD
“Silent”
PowerColor
RX 470 RD
“OC Mode”
PowerColor
RX 470 RD
“Overclocking”
MSI
GTX 1060
6GT OC
HIS
R9 390X
ICEQX2
MSI
GTX 960
GAMING 4G
Synthetic performance

DirectX11: 3DMark Fire Strike Performance

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Here we have some of the olders scores from old test bench. In this example RX 470 RD is almost as fast as factory-overclocked GTX 780 Ti.

 (1920×1080, GPU Score) 11811
98%
11997
100%
 12544
105%
 13300
111%
13111
109%
 7659
64%

DirectX11: 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

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 (2560×1440, GPU Score)5244
98%
5324
100%
 5568
105%
 6262
118%
5945
112%
3581
67%

DirectX11: 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra

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This is 4K benchmark, which is probably the most demanding test for GPUs right now. The results of RX 470 RD are very close to reference RX 480 range. We will make sure to compare these cards when we have the chance.

(3840×2160, GPU Score)2618
97%
2686
100%
2825
105%
3025
113%
2976
111%
1753
65%

DirectX12: 3DMark Time Spy

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In this DX 12 benchmark we have very small gap between RX470 and 390X, where Grenada-based card is just 8% faster.

  (2560×1440, GPU Score, Async On)3626
97%
3755
100%
3845
102%
4132
110%
4048
108%
2261
60%

DirecX12: 3DMark Time Spy (Async OFF)

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 (2560×1440, GPU Score, Async Off)3243
96%
3377
100%
3451
102%
3964
117%
3563
106%
2266
67%

DirectX11: 3DMark 11 Performance

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Here we have higher almost identical performance between RX 470 Red Devil and factory-overclocked GTX 1060 from MSI. However this benchmark is run at HD-Ready resolution, which is not really that popular these days (1280×720).

 (1280×720, GPU Score)17134
98%
17511
100%
18597
106%
17590
100%
18888
108%
10296
59%

DirectX11: 3DMark 11 Extreme

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Once we apply Extreme profile, which is in fact Futuremark’s very first FullHD benchmark, we can immediately notice the difference between those cards.

 (1920×1080, GPU Score)3921
97%
4036
100%
4208
104%
5551
138%
4705
117%
3039
77%

DirectX12: Ashes of Singularity

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Another DX12 benchmark and another surprising results. The GTX 1060, which is acting more like an RX 480 competitor is only few percent faster than RX 470 Red Devil.

 (CRAZY 2560×1440, FPS)28.7
98%
29.3
100%
29,7
101%
30.5
104%
35.8
122%
18.4
63%

DirectX11: Unigine Heaven

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 (Extreme, FPS)61.7
96%
 64.4
100%
 65.7
102%
74.06
115%
73.3
114%
44.7
69%

DirectX11: Unigine Valley

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 (Extreme HD, FPS)47.0
98%
48.4
100%
49.2
102%
65.9
137%
63.0
131%
34.8
72%
Gaming performance

DirectX11: Rise of the Tomb Raider

(Very High Settings)
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DirectX12: Rise of the Tomb Raider

(Very High Settings)

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Our first game is Tomb Raider. Bear in mind that we are using latest driver, which boosts performance in this game for RX 400 cards. This is one of the very few games that we can really feel the benefit of DX12 API. TR is playable at very high settings at 1080p, however if you are using 1440p monitor, we recommend lowering the settings.

(1920×1080, DirectX11, FPS)64.62
93%
69.54
100%
69.69
100%
79.68
115%
73.76
106%
52.09
75%
(2560×1440, DirectX11, FPS)46.02
97%
47.24
100%
48.72
103%
55.00
116% 
52.31
110%
34.28
73%
(1920×1080, DirectX12, FPS)
74.10
99%
75.20
100%
78.05
104%
79.97
106%
75.95
101% 
51.52
69%
(2560×1440, DirectX12, FPS)49.00
94%
52.02
100%
51.22
98%
53.23
102%
51.25
99%
35.20
68%

DirectX11: Hitman 2016

(Maximum Preset)

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DirectX12: Hitman 2016

(Maximum Preset)

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DX12 implementation in Hitman 2016 is not really improving performance as much as we expect, with the only exception of 390X. RX 470 Red Devil should be enough to get 60 FPS in Ultra preset at 1440p.

For some reason overclocking RX 470 does not increase performance, we are assuming this is caused by limited frame buffer, which really takes a hit at those settings.

(1920×1080, DirectX11, FPS)
77.19
97%
 79.70
100%
76.97
97%
 77.29
97%
 81.53
102%
44.60 
56%
(2560×1440, DirectX11, FPS)59.58
96%
61.78
100%
 62.04
100%
58.93
95%
64.65
105%
33.90
55%
(1920×1080, DirectX12, FPS)73.86
95%
78.15
100%
 76.38
98%
75.49
97%
83.70
107%
42.30 
54%
(2560×1440, DirectX12, FPS)55.80
94%
59.51
100%
 59.62
100%
57.47
97%
66.43
112%
31.31
54%

DirectX11: Far Cry Primal

(Ultra Preset)
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Unfortunately in Primal, we can’t expect 60 FPS in 1080p resolution.

(1920×1080, DirectX11, FPS)
55.00
98%
56.00
100%
57.00
102%
 67.00
120%
 66.00
118%
37.00
66%
(2560×1440, DirectX11, FPS)40.00
98%
 41.00
100%
41.00
100%
 46.00
112%
49.00
120%
26.00
63%

DirectX11: THIEF

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RX 470 Red Devil handles THIEF nicely at 1080p. This game is one of the very few which support Mantle, but of course this API is no longer developed, so we are sticking to DX11 here.

(1920×1080, DirectX11, FPS)
75.00
99%
 76.00
100%
79.30 
104%
84.90 
112%
82.20
108%
48.70
64%
(2560×1440, DirectX11, FPS)52.00
100%
52.00
100%
 53.00
102%
 56.50
109%
58.40
112%
31.40
60%

DirectX11: Shadow of Mordor

(Ultra Preset)
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Here we decided to include 4K results (because the game allows us to render at different resolutions). All cards in this comparison deliver more than 30FPS at 4K. Also, after some tweaking, RX 470 and other cards reach 60 FPS at 1440p. This is the only game that we tested where GTX 960 was faster than RX 470.

(2560×1440, DirectX11, FPS)
59.87
97%
 60.72
100%
61.87
102%
68.86
113%
74.84
123%
65.59
108%
(3840×2160, DirectX11, FPS)31.52
99%
32.59
100%
33.82
104%
37.67
116%
42.10
129%
 33.70
103%

DirectX11: The Division

(Ultra Preset)

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The Division is clearly a very demanding game, running it at Ultra with 199 USD GPU is probably not the best idea, but this is how we test cards here, by squeezing all the juice at highest settings. Here we can’t recommend RX 470 for 1440p/Ultra, but it was playable at 1080p. By lowering settings you can enjoy much better frame-rate.

(1920×1080, DirectX11, FPS)
54.50
95%
57.10
100%
56.50
99%
61.60
108%
 56.40
99%
36.50
64%
(2560×1440, DirectX11, FPS)40.4
100%
40.06
100%
41.80
103%
43.30
107%
44.20
109%
25.40
63%

DirectX11: Rainbow Six Siege

(Ultra Preset)

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Is RX 470 enough to enjoy Rainbow Six Siege at Ultra? Well, on paper yes, but I have to say that 4GB memory is really having trouble buffering all the necessary assets. The performance was good, but sudden drops or freezes were present in online gaming. It all disappeared once lower settings were activated.

(1920×1080, DirectX11, FPS) 118.40
96%
 123.60
100%
 123.00
100%
129.10
 104%
129.00
104%
76.70
62%
(2560×1440, DirectX11, FPS)66.20
98%
 67.90
100%
68.50
101%
82.80
122%
68.50
106%
48.60
72%

DirectX11: Grand Theft Auto 5

(Very High Preset)

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In GTA5 the RX 470 Red Devil is doing quite well at Very High Settings. This configuration is basically what is applied by the game automatically if we choose the highest settings in game options. However we are not enabling any of the advanced settings, as those have very big impact on performance, and often generate strange results. This card should be offer very playable framerate at 1080P and even at 1440P.

(1920×1080, DirectX11, FPS)107.20
96%
111.60
100%
111.80
100%
133.40
120%
 118.20
106%
80.20
72%
(2560×1440, DirectX11, FPS) 76.00
100%
76.00
100%
78.40
103%
90.60
119%
85.00
112%
33.20
44%

DirectX11: Metro Last Light

(Very High, Tessellation High, PhysX Off)

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Metro LL is still a very demanding game. Only few cards on the market can deliver 60+ FPS in 1440p resolution, unfortunately RX 470 is not one of these cards.

(1920×1080, DirectX11, FPS) 74.4
97%
77.1
100%
 78.9
102%
 87.0
113%
87.0
113%
56.9
74%
(2560×1440, DirectX11, FPS)48.6
99%
49.1
100%
50.3
102%
62.0
126%
58.0
118%
36.6
75%

Vulkan: Doom

(Maximum Settings)

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Lastly, we have the only fully working Vulkan implementation. We really tried to include Talos Principle in this comparison too, but that game is still very buggy. In Doom we have very solid numbers from RX 470, not only does it beat GTX 1060, but even R9 390X. In fact, It doesn’t even need overclocking to reach higher frame-rate.

(1920×1080, DirectX11, FPS)122.0 
97%
126.0
100%
127.0
101%
99.0
79%
 124.0
99%
65.0
52%
(2560×1440, DirectX11, FPS)74.0
99%
75.0
100%
77.0
103%
63.0
84% 
85%
113%
42.0
56%

 



PowerColor Radeon RX 470 4GB Red Devil WhyCry

PowerColor Radeon RX 470 Red Devil (AXRX 470 4GBD5-3DH/OC)

Performance - 85%
Cooling & Design - 90%
OverClocking - 90%
Price & Bundles - 85%

0db fan technology
quiet operation in games
backplate
DVI-D port
Red Devil logo is upside down
glue on memory?
price

88%



This model will cost 199USD/215€/199£, which close to the MSRP of RX 480 4GB. The RX 470 Red Devil offers performance close to full Polaris10 based RX 480. There was no coil whine or strange fan buzzing when they start spinning. There were also no problems with overclocking to 1350 MHz. This card really is a tiny beast. The only worrying thing is the temperature reaching 80C, it actually increased the temperature in the room by 2C when playing Rainbow Six. Those who own GTX 960 may find this solution very interesting, as NVIDIA doesn't really have anything new in this segment right now, so technically this makes RX 470 the best solution under 200 USD. Whether you prefer a blower type cooler of RX 480 4GB or this fully custom design with some extra features, it's up to you.


by WhyCry