The graphics card market is awash with custom Radeon RX 470s


— 8:21 AM on August 5, 2016

While in many cases we are still waiting on non-reference Radeon RX 480s to hit the market, the RX 470 is ushering in its launch with a full showing of custom cards from all the usual suspects. Gigabyte, MSI, Asus, PowerColor, Sapphire, and XFX all have slightly-nerfed Polaris 10s to show you, and we've taken the time to sift through all their differences so you don't have to.

Gigabyte just has one offering available right now, the Radeon RX 470 G1.Gaming 4GB. Gigabyte says this card will boost up to 1230 MHz, a modest core overclock compared to the reference design's 1206MHz. The card's memory clock matches the reference 6.6 GT/s, and it has the same port configuration we saw on the reference RX 480: one HDMI, three DisplayPort, and one DVI. Aside from that, the card has one of Gigabyte's usually-excellent Windforce 2X coolers bolted to it, along with an understated aluminum backplate. Newegg has it for $199, in stock at this time.

Powercolor likewise has one card to offer, the Radeon RX 470 Red Devil. Utilizing the same cooler as its RX 480 stablemate, the RX 470 Red Devil boosts to 1270 MHz and features a significant memory overclock to 7 GT/s. Like the G1 card above, the Red Devil wears an aluminum backplate and comes with the reference output cluster. Like the Radeon RX 480 Red Devil, it also includes a BIOS switch to change the turbo boost behavior (rather than requiring the user to install software to do so.) This card is also up on the 'Egg for $199, but is currently out of stock.

Asus is offering two different RX 470 cards, both under the Strix name. If this sounds familiar, it's because the company is doing the same thing for the Radeon RX 480. The "OC" version of the card comes with a boost clock of 1250 MHz in Gaming mode, or 1270 MHz in OC mode. Meanwhile, the non-OC-version runs at the reference 1206 MHz in Gaming mode, or 1226 MHz in OC mode. These cards only require a six-pin power connector, unlike Gigabyte and PowerColor's offerings. Gerbils with older monitors may wish to look at the Strixes, as they come with one HDMI port, one DisplayPort, and two DVI-D connections. Newegg has both cards listed, for $189 and $199 respectively.

Sapphire, then, has three versions of the RX 470. One card, called simply the Sapphire Radeon RX 470, is the closest-to-reference design we've seen. It uses a blower-style cooler, boosts to 1216 MHz, and has the standard output configuration. It does feature a nice little memory OC over the reference clocks, to 7GT/sec. It also only requires a six-pin power connector. This card is available now for $199.

Sapphire's other two cards wear the Nitro+ branding, and come with what appears to be the same "Dual-X" cooler we've seen on the company's RX 480s. The cards are virtually identical, with the same maximum boost clock of 1260 MHz, the same 8-pin power requirement, and the same 2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x DVI output cluster. However, one comes with 4GB of memory at 7 GT/s, while the other has 8GB of GDDR5 at 8GT/s. Newegg has both Nitro+ cards listed: the 4GB card goes for $209, and the 8GB for $239.

Not to be outdone, MSI has four Radeon RX 470 cards coming up. All four are equipped with the company's ubiquitous black-and-red Twin Frozr VI cooler. They also all have the same VR-friendly output cluster as Sapphire's Nitro+ cards, trading a DisplayPort for an extra HDMI. The cards will come in Gaming and Gaming X versions, and both versions will come in 4GB and 8GB models. Regardless of whether you choose 4GB or 8GB, the MSI Gaming RX 470s will boost to up to 1230 MHz. The Gaming X cards go a bit higher, to 1254 MHz, and also get a 100 MT/s boost on the memory, putting them at 6700 MT/s. Right now only the 4GB Gaming X card is listed on the 'Egg, at $199.

Finally, XFX is also coming out with four different Radeon RX 470s. One of the cards, the simply-named XFX Radeon RX 470, is a relatively short model with a single-fan cooler. It uses a six-pin power connector. Despite that, XFX still tacks on a small OC, with this card boosting up to 1226 MHz. Memory speed on these is 6.6 MT/s, and the output cluster is the standard 3x DP, 1x HDMI, 1x DVI. No listings for this card yet.

XFX's other three cards are all rather similar. Along with the RS Black Edition RX 470 we tested, there's also the slightly-slower RS Triple X RX 470, and the slightly-faster RS Black Edition Limited RX 470. These cards all use the same cooler with included backplate, have the reference output cluster, and require an 8-pin power connector. They also all include the same 4GB of GDDR5, at 7 GT/sec. The only real difference appears to be in the boost clock rates, which start at 1226 MHz for the Triple-X edition, rise to 1256 MHz for the Black edition, and rise again to 1280 MHz for the Limited model. Newegg has listings for the Triple X at $209 and the Black Edition for $219.

This is unlikely to be the entirety of the RX 470s we see on the market, but the selection of prices and features is quite healthy. Prospective RX 470 owners should be able to find a card that suits their tastes, to be sure. Let us know in the comments if you pick one up, or if there's one you like that we missed.

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