ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 Graphics Card Review

The AMD RX 470 GPU is probably their best value offering so far and in this article we have the ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 – a card with ASUS ROG and STRIX DNA.

ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 Graphics Card Review

And so here we have the ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 – it comes with DirectCU II cooler with Patented Wing-Blade 0dB Fan Design delivers maximum air flow with 30% cooler and 3X quieter performance and also a 4-pin GPU-controlled header connected to system fans for optimal thermal performance.

ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 Graphics Card Review

From the top side you’ll see the STRIX word as part of the cooling shroud and the ROG logo that’s RGB lit.

ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 Graphics Card Review

Here’s how the ASUS RGB Aura works, though I think it’s quite pointless to RGB lit once tiny logo.

Moving on, the ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 runs on a 6-pin power connection, meaning it operates under 150W.

ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 Graphics Card Review

Lastly here’s the view of the I/O ports.

ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 Graphics Card Review

Below is the GPU-Z screen capture.

ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 Graphics Card Review

Check out the the ASUS ROG Strix RX 470’s full list of features at the official product page.

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core i7-5960X @ 4.5Ghz
RAMAvexir DDR4 3000Mhz 2x 8GB.
MotherboardASRock X99 OC Formula
Power SupplyCooler Master V850
Operating SystemWindows 10 64bit

Overclocking

Try as I may, the AMD Wattman is limited and while there’s slight improvement on the results, I deem it not worth overclocking hence the results will be just on stock performance.

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS ROG Strix RX 47046
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti34
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP62
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference54

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS ROG Strix RX 47070
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti52
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP85
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference80

Shadow of Mordor

Heaven 4.0
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync off.

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS ROG Strix RX 47077
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti53
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP89
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference71

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite
Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – FullHD / 4K

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS ROG Strix RX 47092
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti73
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP114
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference112

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V
Settings : Every option to the MAX setting available.

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS ROG Strix RX 47031
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti28
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP45
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference37

The Division

The Division
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync OFF.

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS ROG Strix RX 47051
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti32
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP58
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference61

Ashes of the Singularity (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Set to CRAZY

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS ROG Strix RX 47033
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti20
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP36

Hitman (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Maximum

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS ROG Strix RX 47067
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti42
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP69

Looks pretty good here, the ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 not nearly as fast as the higher priced GTX 1060 6GB card but it does creep up quite close on DirectX 12 games such as Ashes of the Singularity and Hitman. It also has quite a huge leap in performance when compared to the GTX 1050 Ti, the only possible card to rival it would be the GTX 1060 3GB variant.

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
ASUS ROG Strix RX 4704066
ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 (Full RPM)3563

The fan runs at 100% when under load to keep it cooling at under 70c but you can adjust this over at AMD Wattman to your liking, I certainly didn’t like it at 100%.

Power Consumption

The stress was done with Furmark Burn-in Test. Power consumption reading was taken from the watt-meter, actual power draw by the entire system from the wall point. I’m using an Cooler Master V850 with around 90% efficiency and the estimated system power draw (CPU, not including GPU) during Furmark test is 90w.

CardASUS ROG Strix RX 470
Furmark Burn-in208
Estimated Actual System Draw187
Estimated Card Power Draw97

Interesting, the card draws under a 100W power which is really good.

The Verdict

The ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 retails at RM 999 which I think is a good price and a direct contender against he GTX 1060 3GB model of which they exchange blows. The advantage of having an RX 470 based card is that should you decide to boost performance in the future, it’s as simple as buying a second card. Furthemore, many affordable boards in the market supports AMD’ Crossfire but not Nvidia’s SLI, and FreeSync monitors costs less than G-sync monitors.

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