Radeon RX 470 sports roughly 89% of the shading/texturing hardware as RX 480. So is it any surprise that our factory-overclocked 470 achieves a little more than 87% of the 480’s performance across our benchmark suite’s 10 games?
However, there is no “reference” design, so it’s unclear what you’ll find at that price. Asus passed along that the Strix RX 470 OC Edition we tested would sell for $200, with the non-overclocked model offered at $195.
This puts “premium” Radeon RX 470 cards at the same level as reference-class 4GB RX 480s, which doesn’t make sense. Small performance delta aside, at $200, a Radeon RX 480 is the better buy.
Thankfully since there will be no reference edition all flak can be directed to the board partners, though one has to wonder why they decided to use an 8 pin PCB yet only a 6 pin PCIe connector...My guess would be overclocking, since the pricing is already putting it at the level of a reference RX 480. Have to see what the other board partner's versions look like.