Introduction, Design Performance (Part I)
[Editors’ Note: Be wakeful that pricing and facilities for video cards formed on a given graphics chip can vary, depending on a tangible label maker. AMD and Nvidia make video “reference cards” formed on their graphics processors, that they mostly send out for review. Third-party partners—MSI, Sapphire, Gigabyte, EVGA, Asus, and many others—make and sell cards that mostly belong closely to a settlement of these anxiety play (“stock boards”), as good as versions with slight differences in pier configuration, clocking, a volume and speed of onboard memory, and a cooling fans or feverishness sinks installed. Be certain a specs and ports/connections on any “partner” house you’re looking during compare what we’ve reviewed before creation any assumptions. Here, we’re reviewing Gigabyte’s upticked chronicle of a Radeon RX 470; AMD didn’t emanate a anxiety chronicle of this board.]
Now that AMD’s Radeon RX 470 graphics processor (GPU) has been out in a furious for a bit, tricked-out cards from AMD’s partners are starting to find their approach to a contrast lab. We’ve already sampled a burning chronicle of this sole GPU from PowerColor, that was a decent value and ominously named a Red Devil Radeon RX 470. We also usually landed a theme of today’s review, a Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 G1 Gaming 4G, that has even some-more flair.
Gigabyte’s chronicle is designed likewise to a Red Devil, in that it offers a same “Polaris 10”-architecture GPU, a large dual-fan cooling apparatus, and a bit of overclocking right out of a box. The many apparent disproportion between this Gigabyte label and a PowerColor various is that a Gigabyte offers swanky RGB lighting. Gigabyte’s label cost about a same when we wrote this; a Gigabyte was around $189.99 from many retailers, while a PowerColor label sole from $179.99 to $199.99. We’ll call a pricing a wash. At this writing, AMD was also charity a 2016 diversion Hitman as a reward with purchasing name Radeon cards, including these; we beheld this privately on Newegg.com.
This G1 card, in particular, is Gigabyte’s reward charity among a Radeon RX 470-class cards—or maybe we should contend more premium. Gigabyte offers usually dual versions of a Radeon RX 470 (the other is a Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 WindForce 4G), unlike some other chip lines, that might come in 4 or 5 variants make-up a same GPU. Then again, for midrange video cards, there’s not a whole lot we can do over slap on a fat cooler, maybe overclock it a smidge, supplement some buzzwords, and call it a day.
The Radeon RX 470 G1 Gaming 4G has a aforementioned outrageous cooler, RGB lighting on a tip corner (in dual spots), a steel backplate (which, like on a Red Devil, seems a bit tributary in a label this price, yet looks cool), and a “binned” GPU. What that means is that Gigabyte has pretested a RX 470 chips and put a highest-performing ones aside to use in a G1 Gaming 4G cards.
In theory, then, a GPU here should boost and overclock improved than a ones in a lower-end WindForce Radeon RX 470 it sells. That label is unequivocally many identical to a G1 Gaming 4G, yet facilities a…let’s call it “un-binned” GPU, and is set to run during AMD’s batch speeds for a RX 470. Otherwise, a cards are many a same, both given with RGB lighting, a backplate, and a dual-fan cooler. Also roughly a same? The simple specs. The out-of-the-box core-clock delta between a G1 Gaming 4G and a WindForce 4G is usually 24MHz, that we think won’t make many difference.
As distant as specs on a G1 Gaming 4G go, as we noted, it’s easily overclocked, with a limit boost time speed of 1,230MHz, or 24MHz over a batch boost-clock spec. The label sports 4GB of GDDR5 RAM that runs on a far-reaching 256-bit interface, and has a thermal settlement energy (TDP) rating of 120 watts. (Gigabyte recommends a 500-watt energy supply for use with this card, that is roughly positively approach some-more than required unless you’re pairing it with a massively overclocked high-end CPU or other power-hungry components.)
This sole label facilities an eight-pin PCI Express energy connector, which, like a backplate, seems a bit impassioned for a label of this class. Because a PCI Express container provides usually 75 watts, there’s positively a need for additional power, yet many partner cards are usually glorious with a six-pin connector, so it’s engaging that a medium out-of-the-box overclock here is job for a dual additional pins. Maybe it’s there for overhead, to give a label some additional overclocking cred. We’re not angry too many (it’s always improved to have some-more energy in haven than not enough), yet you’ll wish to make certain your energy supply has a connector, or collect adult an adapter.
This is a dual-slot label that facilities Gigabyte’s “silent fan” technology, that shuts off a card’s fans when it’s not underneath load, so we can use your mechanism in assent for day-to-day activities. One of a light-up areas on a label corner is labeled “Fan Stop”; if we have a PC box with a window on a side panel, this indicator will let we know fan standing yet carrying to rest on your ears.
The label has a customary brew of 5 outputs, standard of a dual-slot card: 3 DisplayPort connectors, one HDMI, and one dual-link DVI. It supports a limit fortitude of 7,680×4,320, that equates to a 2×2 grid of 4K displays. The label includes a three-year guaranty and also lets we tweak it around a company’s XTREME ENGINE software. (Yes, it’s spelled in all collateral letters, because, we guess, it’s that extreme.)
We lonesome Gigabyte’s gaming module in a final examination of a Gigabyte G1 Gaming card, a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming 4G. The usually disproportion we found with a Radeon RX 470 was that we weren’t means to adjust a Temperature Limit or voltage. Here’s what it looks like with a RX 470…
With a basis out of a way, let’s burst into a opening territory and see how it stacks up.
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The Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 G1 Gaming 4G faces unbending foe on dual fronts in a benchmarks: a PowerColor Red Devil RX 470, and a some-more recently expelled Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, that we tested in a chronicle from Gigabyte, a GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming 4G, with a same underline set. The Red Devil Radeon RX 470 is a approach competitor, as it uses a same GPU as a G1 Gaming 4G and is tighten in price, given a GTX 1050 Ti we’re comparing it to was $30 reduction costly during this writing. GTX 1050 Ti-based cards generally run $140 to $160, or $30 to $50 reduction than a Gigabyte label on a dais here.
3DMark (Fire Strike)
We started off a contrast with Futuremark’s 2013 chronicle of 3DMark, privately a suite’s Fire Strike subtest. Fire Strike is a fake exam designed to magnitude altogether gaming performance, and Futuremark has stretched Fire Strike today into 3 subtests of augmenting difficulty. Let’s demeanour during a simple exam (known simply as “Fire Strike”), given these are midrange and entry-level GPUs.
In this initial bout, we see a Gigabyte G1 Gaming and a PowerColor Red Devil are neck-and-neck, as they should be. The dual cards scored tighten adequate to one another to be within a domain of movement that exists when we run this exam a few times. In other words, they’re effectively equal. Both cards also kick a GTX 1050 Ti, with no contest. The GTX 1060 was a altogether fastest of a bunch, yet it costs a bit some-more (6GB versions of a GeForce GTX 1060 starts during $250), so that’s not a large surprise. Also engaging is how closely a RX 470 aligned with a boosted, last-generation GTX 970 we tested here (the Zotac GeForce GTX 970 Amp Edition, specifically).
Tomb Raider (2013)
Here, we dismissed adult a 2013 reboot of a classical pretension Tomb Raider, contrast during a Ultimate fact preset and 3 resolutions.
In a Battle of a Croft, we once again saw a dual RX 470 cards furnish scores that are similar, so it’s approaching that’ll be a settlement via testing. They were both means to holder out over 80 frames per second (fps) during 1080p, that is buttery-smooth. What’s even improved is that they were also means to grasp over 55fps during 2,560×1,440, considerable for a sub-$200 GPU. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti hold a possess in this real-world test, yet it was a noted bit slower than possibly RX 470.
Next, we rolled out a unequivocally perfectionist real-world gaming benchmark exam built into a pretension Sleeping Dogs…
The Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 G1 Gaming 4G proved to be an glorious choice for this diversion during 1080p settings, attack usually over 60fps. The Red Devil was tighten behind, creation both cards some-more than absolute adequate for this title. They weren’t utterly as able during 2,560×1,440, though, reaching a barely-smooth plateau of around 35fps, that could spin into a slideshow if there’s a remarkable support drop. Overall, though, once again a dual RX 470 cards were tied, and a transparent step faster than a GTX 1050 Ti.
The renouned pretension Bioshock Infinite isn’t overly demanding, yet it’s a renouned one with stellar good looks. In a built-in benchmark program, we set a graphics turn to a tip preset (Ultra+DDOF)…
In this comparison diversion both of a RX 470 cards tore it up, attack over 100fps during 1080p, within one support per second of any other. They were also both over 65fps during 2,560×1,440. Once again, a GTX 1050 Ti lagged behind significantly, while a GTX 1060 reigned autarchic by a decent domain during all resolutions.
Next adult was Hitman: Absolution, that is an aging diversion yet still flattering tough on a video card.
Both a Gigabyte G1 Gaming RX 470 and a Red Devil RX 470 struggled a bit with this title, attack usually around 40fps during 1080p resolution. (The 8x MSAA environment on this diversion we use is a killer.) Interestingly, a GTX 1050 Ti was intensely opposition here, creation it scarcely a three-way tie. The usually GPU that could strike 60fps during 1080p on this exam was a GTX 1060.
Far Cry Primal
Next, we changed to a some-more new game, expelled in 2016. Ubisoft’s latest open-world first-person sport diversion is one of a many perfectionist titles we use, interjection to a sensuous foliage, minute shadows, and differently implausible environments. We tested during a Normal preset here.
The Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming stomped a GTX 1050 Ti in this test, and once again was in lockstep with a diabolical PowerColor rival. Both cards ran during 86fps to 87fps during 1080p, that is superb for a new title. They were even absolute adequate to run this perfectionist diversion during usually bashful of 60fps during 2,560×1,440. We see well-spoken opening scaling according to cost on this test, with a GTX 1060 during a top, a Radeon RX 480 next it, followed closely by a RX 470 and afterwards a GTX 1050 Ti.
Grand Theft Auto V
One of a many renouned diversion franchises on a planet, Grand Theft Auto needs no introduction. Version V took a lot longer than many approaching to land on a PC. But when it finally did, in early 2015, it brought a series of graphical improvements and tweakable visible settings that pushed a diversion distant over a console roots.
Note that many of a cards next have no bars given they would not run GTA V during a accurate exam settings. That’s a gift of this game, in that it will automatically rebound down settings if a diversion perceives it will not run acceptably during a given brew of fortitude and fact settings.
In a trend suggestive a film Groundhog Day, a dual RX 470s were within a few fps of any other during 1080p. Despite this game’s perfectionist graphics, they both ran during a peppery 85fps and 88fps. Both cards scaled in together with fortitude increases, too.
Rise of a Tomb Raider
Lara Croft rises once again in a early 2016 iteration of Square Enix’s long-running movement franchise. As a favourite works to exhibit an ancient poser (and exhibit a tip to immortality) forward of a ancient and lethal Order of Trinity, she traipses by a slew of formidable windy environments, from dull tombs to a wintry Siberian wilderness. A energetic continue system, and a complexities of Lara’s wind-tousled hair, supplement to a game’s visible complexity.
Interestingly, in this test, both RX 470 cards were many closer than common to their some-more costly sibling, a Radeon RX 480. That aside, both cards achieved good in this exam and steady a settlement of sky-high support rates during 1080p and roughly 60fps during 2,560×1,440. That said, commend that this is during a game’s Medium setting. We also tested during Very High, and during 1080p, and saw some-more illumination between a RX 470s and a RX 480, a RX 470 cards neared, yet did not utterly hit, a 60fps threshold during 1080p. (Gigabyte’s label was a tiny closer.)
We also tested during Very High, and during 1080p, and saw some-more illumination between a RX 470s and a RX 480, a RX 470 cards neared, yet did not utterly hit, a 60fps threshold during 1080p. (Gigabyte’s label was, though, was closer.)
The newest diversion in a Hitman authorization finds Agent 47 branch over a new leaf, and embarking on a tour of self-discovery as a clergyman during a propagandize for impecunious children. Just kidding, of course; he kills loads of people in this one, usually like a rest. It does offer beautiful graphics in both DX11 and DX12 varieties, though. We’ll tackle a former first.
We see a tiny opening delta between a dual RX 470 cards here, not not one large adequate to unequivocally contend one label is faster than a other. In a second diversion on a exam list, a RX 470s also came tighten to relating a opening of a RX 480, imprinting a RX 470 a plain value.