AMD Radeon RX 470 Review: Polaris Gets Even More Affordable

RX 470 Time Spy And Steam VR Performance

3DMark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test from Futuremark. It features a DirectX 12 engine, built from the ground up, to support bleeding-edge features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading. Time Spy is designed to test the DirectX 12 performance of the latest graphics cards using a variety of techniques and varied visual sequences. This benchmark was developed with input from AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and the other members of the Futuremark Benchmark Development Program, to showcase the potential of close-to-the-metal, low-overhead APIs like DirectX 12.

3DMark Time Spy
Direct X 12 Performance
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3DMark Time Spy



We have just recently begun to compile numbers with Time Spy, and had to burn through testing in a relatively short period of time for this one, so we only have comparisons with a handful of cards here. Nonetheless, the RX 470 still lands where it should -- ahead of the entry-level GeForces, but behind the RX 480.

Steam VR Performance Test
DirecX11 VR Performance

The Steam VR Performance Test measures a system's performance using a 2-minute sequence from Valve’s Aperture Robot Repair VR demo. After running the test, it determines whether your system is capable of properly running VR content at 90Hz and whether or not the visual fidelity can be increased to the recommended level for a given application. Both a system’s CPU and GPU are factored into the score.

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Steam VR Performance Test

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The Radeon RX 470 just misses the mark for being VR Ready according to Steam VR benchmark, but it does land in the VR Capable category. With some overclocking and driver tuning, however, we wouldn't be surprised of the RX 470 breaks through that 6.0 mark.

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