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

Processor Intel Core i7-5960X @ 4.5Ghz
RAM Avexir DDR4 3000Mhz 2x 8GB.
Motherboard ASRock X99 OC Formula
Power Supply Cooler Master V850
Operating System Windows 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.

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming 47
ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 46
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti 34
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 62
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 54

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming 74
ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 70
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti 52
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 85
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 80

Shadow of Mordor

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

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming 82
ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 77
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti 53
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 89
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 71

Bioshock Infinite

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

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming 103
ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 92
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti 73
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 114
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 112

Grand Theft Auto V

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

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming 30
ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 31
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti 28
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 45
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 37

The Division

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

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming 54
ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 51
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti 32
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 58
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Reference 61

Ashes of the Singularity (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Set to CRAZY

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming 35
ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 33
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti 20
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 36

Hitman (DX12)

Ashes of the Singularity
Settings : Maximum

Card 1080p (avg)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming 73
ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 67
ASUS Expedition GTX 1050 Ti 42
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP 69

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.

Card Idle(°C) Load (°C)
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming 44 74
Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming (Full RPM) 44 60

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.

Card Gigabyte RX 470 G1 Gaming
Furmark Burn-in 244
Estimated Actual System Draw 220
Estimated Card Power Draw 130

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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