Quite simply, the Radeon RX 470 graphics card delivers radical performance with the latest future-ready technologies to bring affordable AAA HD gaming to gamers. For the more technically minded, that means the following…
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Distilled down to the core experience, expect up to 2.6x the performance-per-watt of a Radeon™ R9 270 card at 1080p resolution with Ultra detail levels.2 Key AIB partners will offer their own unique take on the Radeon RX 470 card, addressing a diverse range of consumer needs, from enhanced cooling through custom component design, varied display outputs, and 6- or 8-pin power configurations.
All of this is made possible with Polaris architecture as the foundation of the new Radeon RX series graphics cards.
A closer look at the AMD Polaris architecture
At the end of June 2016, AMD introduced our latest GPU architecture named Polaris. Designed to offer class-leading performance, it brings to market significant features that benefit a wide range of consumers. Gamers, streamers, media enthusiasts, and those interested in VR can all find something for their needs with Polaris-based graphics cards.
What exactly is Polaris? And why should consumers care?
Polaris architecture is known to consumers as the foundation of the new Radeon RX series of graphics cards: the Radeon™ RX 460, Radeon™ RX 470, and Radeon™ RX 480. Built on the latest FinFET 14 process, these new products benefit from that architecture's low power requirement (one 6-pin connector!), which helps provide lower temperatures and reduced fan speed (noise) for end users.
Some might assume that creating a graphics card that requires less power would result in lower framerate performance too, but that is not the case here. The new process allows AMD to deliver playable framerates with no image quality compromises at up to 1440p resolution on the Radeon RX 480.
There is more to life than gaming…
Today's consumers don't just play games on their Radeon GPUs. They consume high resolution video, capture and stream their gameplay, and many are looking to venture into VR with the Radeon RX 480 card. Polaris-based Radeon RX cards can handle all this and more.
For those who want to consume video from the likes of Netflix and Amazon, Polaris-based cards are fully capable of outputting 4K resolution over HDMI™ 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.4 and supports HDR, the next evolution in display quality.3
The streamers will love the built-in GPU compute functionality and latest codec support, which works with leading capture software such as OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), minimizing the processor's use and optimizing performance. Streaming a high resolution game to a wide audience in real-time can put considerable strain on even the very best gaming systems. Built with the modern gamer in mind, the Radeon RX 470 can live up to all the demands of the day.
For those who are VR curious, the Radeon RX 480 card is fully compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Through features such as native support for asynchronous compute, it offers a world-class performance.
Polaris fully supports:
- DirectX® 12
– providing developers better access to the GPU, lower CPU overhead and increased draw call throughput.
- TrueAudio Next
– for real time GPU audio physics processing.
- Radeon WattMan – redefining the overclocking and tweaking experience for enthusiasts. Fine tune the graphics card to your exact power, thermal, and acoustic needs.
The continued domination of DX12 titles!
2016 has seen the first batch of DirectX 12 titles arrive; Hitman™ and Ashes of the Singularity™ both show outstanding performance on Radeon RX GPUs. Additionally, the latest Vulkan™ API, which AMD had a significant role in developing, led DigitalTrends.com to say the following: "Doom running on new Vulkan API is simply insane".
Get more information about the Polaris architecture and related Radeon RX products, and find out how this technology can benefit your customers.