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MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G Review

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MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G Conclusion:

At first glance, the performance results for the MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G look a bit lackluster by comparison to the rest of the heavy hitters in the comparison stack of cards. Admittedly, it's a murderer's row, but you can get a feel for where the AMD Polaris 10 graphics cards are going to perform. Now take away the comparisons and what are you left with? A card that delivers respectable FPS performance results at the target resolution of 1920x1080 and in some games even up to 2560x1440 using high graphics settings. In its wheelhouse, the RX 470 Gaming X 8G gives the user a great level of performance for its price point. There is not one game in my testing that it could not play well at 1920x1080. Step up to 2560x1440 and you still get well above 30FPS.

Where you can add FPS performance without compromising the settings you use in-game is by overclocking. MSI builds some headroom into its Gaming series cards and this one is no different. I was able to run the boost clock speed all the way up to 1410MHz using 1120mv and keep it there throughout my testing. No small feat when you look at how easily this architecture from AMD will throttle clock speeds. By building a robust power delivery system on a custom PCB using Military Class IV Super Ferrite chokes, Tantalum-filled Hi-C caps, and solid capacitors, you can set the voltage right where you need it to keep from overloading the circuitry. Delivering clean reliable power is but one part of the equation. Keeping the silicon cool is another.

MSI's Twin Frozr VI cooling solution is so much more than it looks like from the 10-yard view. You start with the Torx 2.0 fans that push 22% more airflow than a standard propeller blad fan. This additional airflow makes its way through the robust multi heat pipe fin array with special air diverters that keep air in the fin array a little longer and then direct it to components on the PCB to improve cooling of the whole assembly. If you think this would be a loud cooling solution, you couldn't get further from the truth. In most cases, you would be hard pressed to hear this card operating in a chassis. Under 2D loads, the card is dead silent. Under a 3D load, the card stays quiet even under a heavy 3D load. Quiet is good!

The one issue I can find is that the $234 USD asking price is a bit steep when you can find GTX 1060 cards that are less expensive and for the most part out-perform the RX 470; even this top-end, factory-overclocked card from MSI. Gaming video and image capture are all the rage right now, so MSI is currently running a promotion bundling a 12-month Premium license of XSplit Broadcaster with the card to add some value to the deal (a $50 value). MSI's Gaming APP and Dragon Eye are both available for the end user and function well in my testing. You can use the Gaming APP to set several different clock speed profiles for the RX 470 Gaming X 8G, as well as setting up an on-screen display or setting the LED color to match the theme of your rig. If you are looking for an AMD card in the $200-$250 range, the MSI RX 470 Gaming X cards come in several flavors, including 4GB and 8GB models. Each support the AMD ecosystem and are VR-ready right out of the box, allowing you to get a great gaming experience without breaking the bank.

 

Cons:

  • Twin Frozr VI
  • Zero Frozr Technology
  • Low Noise
  • Torx 2.0 Fans
  • Low Temperatures
  • Overclocking
  • Military Class Construction
  • Good Looks
  • VR-ready

 

Cons:

  • Price
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