PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 470 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card Review

Posted by Paul Malfy on Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 8:00am

Introduction

PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 470 Graphics Card

Compared to the RX 480, the RX 470 had a rather quiet launch. It seems that unless a product is plagued with issues, or its cost is near $1,000, their launch flies under the radar. This was the case with the RX 470. Labeled as the little brother to the RX 480, the RX 470 is in that price range that few people tend to pay attention to. The $100-$200 range. However, with advances in technology over the last few years, maybe it’s time we start to watch the more budget oriented cards. With the launch of the Red Devil RX 470, I think PowerColor agrees. But to play games at anything over 1080p, you must spend $400 or more, right? The answer may surprise you. I’d like to thank Power Color for providing us with the Red Devil RX 470 for this review. Now, let’s see how the budget card held up.

About PowerColor

PowerColor Red Logo

The PowerColor brand was established in 1997 by the TUL corporation, based in New Taipei, Taiwan. PowerColor maintains office locations in several countries, including Taiwan, the Netherlands, and the United States. The United States branch is in City of Industry, California, and serves the North and Latin American markets. TUL also has another brand, VTX3D, which serves the European and some Asian markets. PowerColor is a licensed producer of AMD Radeon video cards. Most PowerColor cards are manufactured by Foxconn.

About TUL Corporation

“TUL is a leading supplier of AMD graphics cards under the PowerColor brand. We offer award-winning products based on our technology leading components, quality design and superb engineering. TUL employs more than 150 talents worldwide, with offices in China, Europe, Russia and USA to support over 300 channel partners and distributors in 50 plus countries.”

About the Polaris Architecture

AMDs Polaris is based on their 4th-Gen GCN, or Graphics Core Next, architecture. Overall AMD is is claiming that with the 4th-Ggn GCN architecture in the RX 480 you’ll see a 15% improvement in shader efficiency over the R9 290 using GCN 1.1. Polaris is based on the latest 14 nm FinFET manufacturing process. This is by far, AMDs best version of the GCN architecture to date. Its excellent asynchronous compute performance and new geometry capabilities enable unique support for both DirectX® 12 and the Vulkan™ API.

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