I’m not going to call this a bargain or cheap GPU but the Sapphire RX 470 OC 4GB is a very reasonable graphics card in the sub $300 price point. This now means that there is an affordable product out there capable of playing all but the most demanding titles with a resolution of at least 1080p at moderate to high settings.
The kicker is that you can also get a 4GB version of the RX 480 for about $50 more than the 4GB RX 470. As is always the case with PC components, you can always spend “just that little bit more” so in terms of pricing I’ll close off with this: If you have a budget of $300 and not a dollar more, the Sapphire RX 470 OC 4GB edition would be my choice.
I really liked the AMD RX 480 and to be honest I initially thought having the 470 bridging the performance drop to the entry level RX 460 was of limited value. I used the RX 470 for a longer than average review period and really made friends with it. We had it running in the FRAGABYTE mini ITX build and the experience was good for a console alternative in the lounge room.
Of course we’ve seen better frames per second on other more expensive cards but when we hooked the RX 470 up to a 60Hz monitor at 2560×1440 and just ‘used’ it every day for a month we didn’t find ourselves wanting for more grunt that often. We had to dial back the settings from time to time but 80% of the time we were satisfied with the performance and didn’t notice anything taking away from the immersion.
The $50 you save by going with a 4GB 470 instead of a 4GB 480 could mean the next size up in an SSD or HDD to store more games, or perhaps a better quality peripheral. Perhaps that $50 could set you up with a Steam Holiday Sale fund to splash out on that digital library later in the year.
At the end of the day, it comes down to what you play. Look at the benchmarks, and the indicative results in this review and others like it. If it plays the games you like at your monitor’s refresh rate then you’re in luck – also remember that when paired with a Freesync monitor, lower FPS in the 50s are less noticeable on an AMD GPU.
This was our first Sapphire branded card and we don’t have any complaints. The aesthetics are good for a reference style cooler but the back plate is really nice to see and is well implemented. If I had to describe the construction and appearance of the RX 470 OC from Sapphire in a single word, I’d go with “Neat”. Acoustically, it’s a blower-style cooler that is ok under normal circumstances but not as good as the more expensive dual-fan open-style coolers like the Twin Frozr or Strix.
The RX 470 is an easy GPU to recommend for casual gamers or even a serious gamer with a firm budget to meet.
|Sapphire RX 470 4GB OC|
|Solid 1080p performance at the affordable <$300 mark
Reference design with a bit of bling
| The blower cooler isn’t as quiet as the other aftermarket designs
Price point is close to 4GB RX 480 cards