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MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G Review

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MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G Testing:

Finding out the just how much gaming FPS performance the MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G can deliver will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustments will be made to the respective control panels during the testing to approximate the performance the end user can expect with a stock driver installation. I will be testing the cards at their stock speeds to see how they stack up and will test each one to find the maximum stable overclock. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. Resolutions of 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440, and 3840 x 2160 will be used.

 

Testing Setup:

Comparison Video Cards:

  • XFX R9 390X DD
  • MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G
  • PNY GTX 980 XLR8
  • XFX R9 Fury
  • PowerColor R9 390
  • NVIDIA GTX 980Ti
  • NVIDIA GTX Titan X
  • NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  • NVIDIA GTX 1070 Founders Edition
  • NVIDIA GTX 1060 Founders Edition
  • MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G
  • MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G
  • MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G
  • Sapphire Nitro+ RX 480 4GB
  • PowerColor Red Devil RX 480 8GB

 

Overclocking:

  • MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G: 1410MHz Core, 1900MHz Memory

Getting the most out of AMD's latest architecture is a little more challenging with the amount of tweaks you need to do within AMD's Global Wattman Tuning utility. To reach a consistent repeatable overclock that does not constantly drop clock speed like a hot potato takes some time and effort. If it was easy, everyone could do it, right? Well they can, it just takes a little more time or settling for a lower clock speed. Overclocking starts with adjusting the fan and thermal target parameters, then boosting the state 7 clock speed up and testing... wash, rinse, and repeat, until you get a driver crash or outright video failure. At this point, you can step back a few MHz and retest or start tuning the voltage you are applying to state 7. Tuning the memory requires using pretty much the same methodology until you find the best memory clock speed for your card. The caveat here is how well the manufacturer tuned the card and BIOS parameters. What I have seen so far in this round of AMD GPU testing, is that you need to test with more than one graphically intense game to make sure the applied clock speeds do not drop under a heavy load. Here is where you can get frustrated to no end. Fortunately on this card from MSI, the applied clock speeds would stick in every game and did not drop in my testing once I fully tuned the card and its operating parameters.

After tuning this card from MSI, I was finally able to have a Polaris 10 GPU that stuck at over 1400MHz on the core. My final Boost speeds on this card were 1410MHz on the Polaris 10 GCN core and 1900MHz on the GDDR5 memory. Pretty stout when you look at these results. If you really do not want to fool around with all the parameters in AMD's Global Wattman Tuning utility, MSI has its own easy to use utility called the MSI Gaming APP. This handy little tool allows the user to set the clock speeds at any one of three specific profiles for some factory-sponsored adjustments. The front end of this MSI Gaming APP has three profiles: OC, Gaming, and Silent. The Boost clock speeds that each profile sets ranges from a low of 1206MHz for the Silent profile to 1274MHz for the OC profile, while Gaming sits comfortably in the middle at 1253MHz. Overall, a final boost clock speed over 1400MHz was a fun journey.

 


 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consisted of looping Unigine Heaven 4.0 for thirty minutes each to see where the clock speeds failed when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment failed, then the clock speeds and tests were re-run until they passed a full hour of testing.

 
  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Fallout 4
  2. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  3. Far Cry Primal
  4. Battlefield 4
  5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  6. Hitman (2016)
  7. Tom Clancy's The Division
  8. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
  9. Ashes of the Singularity
  10. 3DMark

 

  • Usage:

  1. Temperatures
  2. Power Consumption



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