Conclusion

 The Conclusion

The Red Devil RX 470 does surprisingly well considering that it was held back in our testing by its original BIOS which limited it to reference RX 470 clocks.  It beats the R9 280X and the price-competitive GTX 960 handily and comes rather close to stock RX 480 performance.  Considering that the Red Devil is PowerColor factory clocked 64MHz higher than the stock RX 470, it is easy to see that its performance will come much closer to the reference RX 480.  However, we will have to wait until next week to see just how close it comes and if it can overclock further.  And WattMan brings some nice features that we would like to use for fine tuning the PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 overclock.

Let’s sum it up:

PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 Pros

  • The PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 comes very close to RX 480 performance even though it was held back to RX 470 reference clocks and it beats the competition’s GTX 960 rather handily.
  • At $199 the Red Devil RX 470 is only $20 more than the reference RX 470, and it offers a DVI-D input and a nice backplate plus improved power delivery for better stability and overclocking potential with an 8-pin PCIe connector.  It is also $40 less expensive than the reference RX 480.
  • The Red Devil is clocked higher than the reference RX 470 and it will narrow the gap further with the more expensive RX 480 reference version.
  • The Red Devil RX 470 has a very nice 2-fan custom cooling design that is very quiet.
  • WattMan brings new features to Radeon overclocking that was not present in OverDrive.
  • RX 470 is a fast midrange card and its power draw is only 120W, 30W less than the reference RX 480.
  • New features in Polaris architecture improves on Async compute with dedicated hardware and the Red Devil RX 470 may even be well-suited for VR.
  • FreeSync eliminates tearing and stuttering.

PowerColor Red Devil RX 480 Cons

  • The original shipping performance BIOS of the PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 was locked to stock RX 470 clocks and we simply did not have time to retest it

We cannot comment on PowerColor’s higher than reference clocks as we did not test it yet.  The Red Devil may be a very good deal for those who game at 1080P, and it may be an excellent alternative to the reference RX 480 with its higher power requirements and limiting 6-pin PCIe connector.

The Verdict:4-8-2015-8;50;59-PM

  • The PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 is new architecture on a new process that uses significantly less power and has more refinements than AMD’s last generation.  It is solidly built and it has higher clocks out of the box than the reference RX 470 which has only a 6-pin PCIe connector.  It represents a solid value at $199 in our opinion and it deserves BTR’s Good Value Award – even at reference RX 470 clocks!

We do not know what the future will bring, but right now, the PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 brings solid improvement over AMD’s last generation and it also beats the competing GeForce cards in the same price range while coming very close to reference RX 480 performance for $40 less.

It will be interesting to see if Nvidia responds soon with their own “GTX 1050” card, or with price cuts on their current line up.

Stay tuned, there is a lot coming from us at BTR. Next up we will continue with our Pascal TITAN X series with Part 2 due on Friday.  We will use our entire 25 game benchmark suite to compare it with GTX 1080 performance using 4K, 2K and 1440P resolutions. And don’t forget to check BTR forums.  Our tech discussions are among the best to be found anywhere!

Happy Gaming!

Mark Poppin

BTR Editor-in-Chief

 

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