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MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G Review


MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G Testing:

Temperature Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1080 using 8x AA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.



  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920x1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius







Power Consumption:

Power consumption of the system will be measured at both idle and loaded states, taking into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0 to put a load onto the GPU using the settings below. A fifteen-minute load test will be used to heat up the GPU, with the highest power usage recorded as the final result. The idle results will be measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity on the system with the lowest recorded power usage as the final result.


  • Unigine 4.0 Heaven Benchmark
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts





MSI's Twin Frozr VI cooling solution, as seen on the NVIDIA part of the company's product stack, proves every bit as capable when attached to an AMD-based GPU. Idling at stock speeds, this robust cooling solution delivers great cooling results as a no-noise solution thanks to MSI's Zereo Frozr technology. When you apply a 3D load to the GPU, it responds in kind with a 63 °C load temperature. Overclocking with the fan speeds cranked up improve the cooling potential with an increase in the noise profile of the card. The overclocked load temperatures are nothing short of excellent at 58 °C, thanks to the massive cooling solution and new blade configuration, which improves airflow through the aluminum fin array. Although the noise profile is not objectionable, it is loud enough to be heard outside the chassis. However, you can tune the final clock speed since there is definitely some thermal headroom if you are pushing for low temperatures.

Power consumption has been a sore spot for AMD owners over the past few generations of the company's GCN architecture. The MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G is no exception to this trend. Under load, running the maximum factory overclock, I am only seeing 313 watts of consumption for the entire system. With power consumption this low, you can easily scale back the power supply to a good 500-watt unit without any issues. Comparing power consumption to that of the GTX 1060, still shows that AMD has some work to do with its power efficiency.

  1. MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G: Specifications & Features
  3. MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G Testing: Fallout 4, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  5. MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G Testing: Far Cry Primal, Battlefield 4
  6. MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G Testing: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Hitman (2016)
  7. MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G Testing: Tom Clancy's The Division, Unigine Heaven 4.0
  8. MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G Testing: Ashes of the Singularity, 3DMark
  9. MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G Testing: Temperature & Power Consumption
  10. MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G: Conclusion
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