XFX Radeon RX 470 RS 4GB OC Black Edition Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2016-11-14

The Radeon RX 470 RS 4GB OC Black Edition card from XFX comes with a decent overclock from the factory and thanks to this fact, it traded punches quite a lot of times with the R9 290/R9 390 cards from HIS (which did also feature a mild overclock). This practically means that we are dealing with a solid performer at Full HD resolutions, while for 1440P we would need to lower some of the game details in order to get over 60FPS; in AMD-optimized games though, we could have some surprises, meaning that the RX 470 would perform well even when we do have all game details cranked at max.

  • prev
  • next

Product Features Part I

The First Hard Swap Detachable Fan Design


XFX patented fan design lets you change or upgrade fans in a snap.


Fans are an essential function of a graphics card and directly affect its performance, and even though we use the best fan's on the market the performance will decrease over time. In the past it was difficult if not impossible to replace GPU fans on your own but now with XFX's Hard Swap technology, you can upgrade your fan in an instant. We even offer different upgrade option for higher performance or color LED options for customization.


High Performance Unibody Heatsink


Enhances thermal efficiency by 40%


The XFX RX 470 RS series features our all new Unibody VRM Heatsink construction enable direct transfer to the primary heatsink and heatpipes. This unique combination of material and construction enhances thermal efficiency by a total of 40%.


Custom XFX Aluminum Backplate Design


Protects your GPU while providing additional cooling overall


GPUs are one of the most important, complex and delicate pieces of hardware in your computer and as a game, nothing is as important and the slightest bend can drastically affect the performance of your graphics card. But that's a thing of the past because XFX's solid backplate keeps the card strong and secure, eliminating card bend. Graphics cards also emit some heat from the back as well which rises up and affects other components but our cool aluminum backplate can absorb that heat and keep the overall case cooler.


Enhanced VRM and Memory Cooling


Cooling technologies don't stop at just the GPU.


After countless hours of research, development, and testing our engineers have developed all new VRM and Memory cooling technology, reducing temperatures VRM by up to 30' C and GDDR temperatures by 20' C, all while reducing dB noise by an additional 5%. Best in class for the GPU enthusiast.


All New Composite Heatpipe Technology


We combined technologies to create the first super heatpipe.


The new composite heatpipe design used in the XFX Radeon™ RX 470 RS combines the technologies of both Liquid and Capilary Action heatpipes into one. Doing so allows us to increase the total heatpipe surface area by 30% which tremendously increases the thermal efficiency.


XFX True Clock Technology


Always running at the best speeds


Software controlled clock speed optimizers can be hindered by overall computer performance, heavy loads can cause it to misread the maximum potential clock speed of the graphics card at any given moment. XFX's True Clock however is hardware controlled clock speed performance optimization so it's always running at peak performance all the time.


All New Zero Noise Auto Load Sensing Fans


Power when you need it and quiet when you don't.


XFX fans are equipped to run at the highest possible performance, while our Zero DB Fan System will also keep your fans running at efficient RPM in order to minimize annoying fan noise by lowering RPM all the way down to Zero RPM. When the heat is on during intense gaming, our fans will speed up as needed.


Designed for Vulkan Cross Platform Graphics


The next generation graphics API from Khronos.


Vulkan is the new generation, open standard API for high-efficiency access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs. This ground-up design, previously referred to as the Next Generation OpenGL Initiative, provides applications direct control over GPU acceleration for maximized performance and predictability.


AMD FreeSync Technology


No stuttering. No tearing. Just gaming. Gaming shouldn’t be a choice between choppy gameplay and high performance. With XFX Radeon™ RX 470 Series graphics and FreeSync technology, it doesn’t have to be. Transform the most demanding games into a liquid-smooth, artifact-free, 4K cinematic experience with the highest performance at virtually any frame rate. FreeSync works at the speed of your game for incredible responsiveness and uncompromising smoothness. Every gamer deserves perfectly smooth gameplay and peak performance. Unlike the competing technology, you don’t have to choose with FreeSync technology.


Microsoft Windows 10 and DirectX 12


Optimized for gaming performance


New features and functions bring new computing experiences to life with AMD Radeon™ graphics on the Windows® 10 platform. Take your gaming further with XBOX ONE on Windows. Play and connect with your games and friends. Everywhere.


Microsoft’s new technology enables great performance and dramatically improved GPU and CPU multiprocessing and multithreading performance thanks to Async Shaders and Multi-threaded Command Buffer Recording for more efficient rendering of richer and more complex scenes.


FinFet 14nm Technology


Unprecedented efficiency on NextGen GPUs.


Enjoy whisper quiet gaming with the revolutionary Polaris architecture. Combining the latest FinFET 14 process technology and AMD’s advanced power, gating and clocking technologies, you’ll enjoy dramatically cool and quiet gaming. The FinFet 14 process technology puts more transistors in less space, enabling dramatic increases in processing power and power efficiency helping to provide better processor performance while using less power and enabling better transistor efficiency than previous generation technology.


  • prev
  • next