AMD is trying to fill the gap between the Radeon RX 460 and RX 470, with a cut-down version of RX 470. We previously saw leaked images of an XFX Radeon RX 470D, and now Sapphire’s RX 470D NITRO has been spotted as well. So this means the new card could be named the “Radeon RX 470D,” after all.
The RX 470D is cut down from the RX 470, in featuring 1,792 stream processors, by enabling just 28 out of 36 GCN compute units physically present on the chip. The SKU further features 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and 4 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 256-bit wide memory interface.
Although, AMD is clocking the RX 470D slightly higher than the regular RX 470, with clock speeds of up to 1266 MHz (Boost clock), and its memory at 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective), compared to the 1206 MHz (Boost clock) and 6.60 GHz (GDDR5-effective) speeds of the RX 470. As you can see the Sapphire RX 470D NITRO is shorter PCB than RX 470 and the cooler also smaller. Chinese tech publication PCOnline got its hands on a sample and found to be faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, yet slower than the RX 470.