Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 G1 Gaming 4G Graphics Card Review

The AMD RX 470 is currently the 2nd strongest GPU in AMD’s offerings but it is quite possible the best AMD GPU around, and in my lab is the Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 G1 Gaming 4G.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 G1 Gaming 4G Graphics Card Review

As always the G1 Gaming range of products from Gigabyte carry the same design on the heatsink shroud.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 G1 Gaming 4G Graphics Card Review

From the top, the usual RGB backlit text for the brand and the fan movement indicator, note also the awesome looking backplate that’s on this model which is really sweet. The Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 G1 Gaming requires an 8-pin PCI-E power connector to operate.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 G1 Gaming 4G Graphics Card Review

Here’s the I/O port of the unit, as you can see it still has DVI which I think is great for people with older monitors. At the bottom, no unsightly heatpipes running around.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 G1 Gaming 4G Graphics Card Review

Here’s the GPU-Z of the Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 G1 Gaming.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 G1 Gaming 4G Graphics Card Review

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

AMD’s RX series aren’t known for their overclocking prowess so I’ve decided to leave it as it is for this model too – no overclocking done.

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.

Card1080p (avg)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming47
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)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming74
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)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming82
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)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming103
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)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming30
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)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming54
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)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming35
ASUS ROG Strix RX 47033
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti20
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP36

Hitman (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Maximum

Card1080p (avg)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming73
ASUS ROG Strix RX 47067
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti42
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP69

The Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming is just amazing, not only does it look better than the competition, it performs better too.

Temperature

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

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming4474
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming (Full RPM)4460

The fan runs at 77% when under load to keep it cooling at under 80c 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.

CardGigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming
Furmark Burn-in244
Estimated Actual System Draw220
Estimated Card Power Draw130

The card seems to draw some 25% (around 25W) more than the competitor RX 470 – that’s why it has an 8-pin power connector, and the added boost allows it to perform better.

The Verdict

The Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 G1 Gaming retails at RM 999, you might think it’s pricey but just look at it – it’s a beautiful looking card with a nice backplate and it competes with directly with the Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB of which often doesn’t look as attractive. The neat part 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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