The Radeon Rebellion Storms Ahead with the Gamer Optimized Radeon™ RX 470 GPU

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August 6, 2016


Following the launch of the game-changing Radeon™ RX 480 in June, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today unveiled the new Radeon™ RX 470, which delivers AMD’s renowned Polaris architectural DNA and an extraordinary value proposition to an even larger cross-section of the world’s most demanding gamers, with a starting SEP of just $179 USD.

Supercharged with true asynchronous compute, support for high dynamic range monitors and designed from the ground up for low-overhead APIs, the Radeon™ RX 470 delivers on the promise of uncompromised HD gaming with exceptional graphics performance and low power consumption.  Details of the new Radeon™ RX 470 graphics card and related technologies are available at AMD’s new gamer-focused content portal,

“We are delivering the next chapter of the Radeon Rebellion with the new Radeon™ RX 470, a GPU which offers brilliant HD gaming and is packed with future-proof technology[i]at an impeccable price,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “We’ve defined the Radeon RX lineup with feedback from gamers and enthusiasts who use our graphics technology. They have spoken and we have listened. The Radeon RX 470 is a premium card with compelling features that will entice enthusiasts worldwide.”

The Radeon™ RX 470 dramatically outperforms the previous generation in gaming[ii] with its 32 compute units[iii], 2048 stream processors, and up to 4.9 teraflops processing power, yet typical board power is just 120 watts. This produces outstanding gaming with greater than 60 fps at ultra-settings on a wide variety of the latest game titles[iv].

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Radeon™ RX 470 Features

Gamer Optimized – Powered by 4th generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture featuring asynchronous shaders and an enhanced geometry engine, the Radeon™ RX 470 graphics card offers exceptionally smooth gameplay at HD resolutions on the latest DirectX® 12, Vulkan™, and e-Sports titles.

Cool Efficiency – The Radeon™ RX 470 graphics card features premium technology with optimized FinFET 14nm technology that brings new levels of performance and low system power requirements. This allows for new levels of gaming performance to be realized in smaller, less power demanding solutions.

Stunning HDR Pixels – Featuring a brand new display engine, the Radeon™ RX 470 is ready to power the new generation of HDR content and displays for video and gaming.[v]

Game Changing Control – As sophisticated as the Polaris architecture-based Radeon™ RX 470 graphics card is, the software that powers the card is equally as sophisticated. Radeon Software drivers enable the ultimate in performance, features and stability to ensure an exceptionally smooth and fast out-of-box experience. The latest Radeon Settings software takes customization to a whole new level. With per state control over clocks and voltage, users can easily customize their system for new levels of performance.[vi]

Quiet Gaming – The latest Radeon™ RX 470 GPUs offer silent gaming features that dynamically optimizes sound volumes based on actual temperature and workloads.


Radeon™ RX 470 Availability

Radeon™ RX 470 graphics cards are available now from retailers and e-tailers around the world starting today. For more information on where to buy, visit


[i] Statement of “future-proof” refers to support of current and upcoming technology standards including 14nm FinFET process technology, DirectX®12 and Vulkan™ API support, new display technology, and experiences such as VR. “Future-proof” statement is not meant to serve as a warranty or indicate that users will never have to upgrade their graphics technology again. Support of current and upcoming technology standards described above has the potential to reduce frequency of graphics upgrades for some users.
[ii] Testing by AMD Performance Labs July 14, 2016 on the AMD Radeon™ RX 470 and Radeon ™ R7 370 on a test system comprising an Intel Core i7 5960X (3.0GHz) CPU, 16GB (DDR4-2666 MHz) memory and Windows 10.  RX 470 driver used: 16.30-160628a-304042E. R7 370 driver used: 16.15.2211. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. The following games were run on the following settings: Project Cars 1080p (Ultra Quality, DS2X, 16xAF), Hitman 1080p (Max settings 16xAF), Overwatch 1080p (Epic presets). The RX 470 scored: 64.81 fps, 64.20 fps, and 90.16 fps respectively. The R7 370 scored: 33.271 fps, 31 fps, and 43.1 fps respectively. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Test results are not average and may vary. RX-27
[iii] Discrete AMD Radeon™ and FirePro™ GPUs based on the Graphics Core Next architecture consist of multiple discrete execution engines known as a Compute Unit (“CU”). Each CU contains 64 shaders (“Stream Processors”) working together.
[iv] Testing by AMD Performance Labs July 7, 2016 on a test system comprising an Intel Core i7  5960X (3.0GHz) CPU, 16GB (DDR4-2666 MHz) memory, Radeon RX 470 Graphics, AMD driver 16.30-160628a-304042E and Windows 10. PC Manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. The following AAA games were tested at a resolution of 1080p on the following settings: Rise of the Tomb Raider (High Presets, 4xAF, FXAA), Fallout 4 (Ultra Presets 16xAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (High preset, NV HairWorks: Off, AA ON), Metro: Last Light(Very High Preset, 16xAF), Total War: Warhammer (Ultra Preset, MLAA, 16xAF), Project Cars (Ultra Preset DS2X, 16x AF), Alien Isolation (Ultra Preset, SMAA), Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Extra/High settings, SMAA, 16x AF), Crysis 3 (Very High Preset FXAA), Far Cry Primal (High Preset, SMAA), Battlefield 4 (Ultra Preset 4xMSAA), Civilization: Beyond Earth (Ultra Preset, 8xMSAA), Bioshock Infinite (UltraDOF Preset, AA ON, 16xAF), Far Cry 4 (Ultra High Preset SMAA), Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Max Preset, 100% SSAA), Hitman (Ultra Preset, SMAA, 16xAF), Thief (Very High preset, High AA), Sniper Elite 3 (Ultra Preset, 2xSSAA, 16xAF), Grand Theft Auto V (Ultra Settings, 16xAF), Battlefield Hardline (High Settings, High Post-AA), Tomb Raider (Ultra Quality, FXAA, 16xAF) Radeon RX 470 received the corresponding frame rates on the above games, all of which were 60 fps and over: 7.00, 76.60, 68.08, 69.57, 66.10, 64.81, 105.75, 74.60, 70.22, 71, 65.62, 83.06, 94.84, 76.60, 72.22, 64.20, 73.20, 65.60, 79.10, 108.89, 76.50 respectively. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Test results are not average, may not be typical and may vary. RX-28
[v] HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, monitor/TV, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support.
[vi] AMD’s product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking, even when overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software.
[vii] Not all notebooks or tablets feature AMD XConnect™ technology, and not all electronic graphics (eGFX) enclosures are pre-configured with an AMD Radeon™ graphics card and/or feature user upgradability. Base system’s software package and BIOS must be configured to support AMD XConnect™ technology. System must have Thunderbolt™ 3 connection. Check with your manufacturer for full specifications and capabilities and visit for a list of compatible devices.
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