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AMD Sapphire Mining RX 470 GPUs Confirmed – Crypto Mining GPU


If you’ve been looking to purchase some RX 470s for your mining rig lately, you surely noticed the crazy price tags on those GPUs. Today I checked the prices again and the best deal I could find was 700 USD for one card. That’s crazy!

You probably know that the inflated price is due to the fact that AMD fails to satisfy the growing demand on mining GPUs. Cryptocoin mining is really profitable nowadays and it keeps attracting new people to the business. The norm for a GPU mining rig is between six and eight GPUs, with many people having multiple of those rigs at home. No wonder why miners emptied all shelves and stocks, leaving no GPUs to be purchased.

It is interesting how Sapphire reacted to the issue. Instead of manufacturing more classic RX 470s and 480s, they took the time to create a new branch of GPUs aimed for cryptomining.

RX 470 Mining Series

As for today, Sapphire issued five new GPU models that are meant to be used for mining alone.

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There are similarities and differences between the GPUs’:


  • All of the Mining series GPU feature no display ports. The GPUs are meant to be used for cryptomining only, thus display ports are not necessary.*
  • All GPU models have two high-diameter fans with dual-bearing mechanism. This is a great leap forward since it proved to be about 85% more durable and 10% more silent than the traditional sleeve bearing system, which is employed in most gaming GPUs. Mining GPU cards are supposed to work 24/7 non-stop, thus it was a good idea to make them more adapted to that schedule.*
  • Fan IC Control further improves fan performance and reduces noise levels by reducing the difference between their fan rotation cycles by 70%, compared to the traditional RX470.
  • Finally, all five models share one common downside, which is only one year of warranty period. The classic RX 470s come with two or even three year warranty, but not the mining series.

(*) With the Radeon RX 560 Pulse Mining being the exception here, as explained below


There are five GPU models, each of which differs in price and performance. They differ from each other according to these two criteria:

– Memory size (either 4 or 8 GB)

– Memory manufacturer, either Samsung (which is faster) or not.

The fifth model – the Radeon RX 560 Pulse Mining is, again, an exception here. I will explain it in a minute.

Sapphire RX 470 Mining 4GB
Power Draw: 122W
ETH Hashrate (base/overclocked): 23-26MH/s
Price: £299 (~ 393USD)

Sapphire RX 470 Mining 4GB (Samsung)

Power Draw: 122W
ETH Hashrate (base/overclocked): 24-27MH/s
Price: £289 (~ $ 381 USD)

Sapphire RX 470 Mining 8GB
Power Draw: 128W
ETH Hashrate (base/overclocked): 24-27MH/s
Price: £259 (~ $ 341 USD)

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Sapphire RX 470 Mining 8GB (Samsung)

Power Draw: 128W
ETH Hashrate (base/overclocked): 25-28MH/s
Price: £248 (~ $ 327 USD)


What About the Exception?

While the Radeon RX 560 Pulse Mining 4GB is not a black sheep of the family, it does differ a lot from the four GPUs mentioned earlier. Unlikely the RX470-based Mining GPUs, the RX 560 Pulse Mining does have a DVI output, which makes it somehow fit for gaming or other purposes other than mining. It also comes with only one fan instead of two. Other than that, here are the specs:

Radeon RX 560 Pulse MINING Edition 4GB
Power Draw: 60W
ETH Hashrate (base/ one year of warranty period overclocked): 12-16MH/S
Price: £169 (~ $ 223 USD)

60 W is ridiculously low power consumption, which might be great news for those of you who live in New York, Connecticut or other places where electricity costs a lot. The card is basically a Mining RX470 cut in half both power consumption- and hashrate-wise.

What is the Takeaway From this News?

Honestly, I wouldn’t expect those new Mining GPUs to be a step forward of any kind. In fact, they are some kind of downgrade, compared to their non-mining counterparts. However, the fact that they’re downgraded versions of the RX 470 gives them certain advantages. The absence of HDMI ports makes them less fit for gaming, which probably means that unlikely the RX470, Mining Sapphire RX 470s will be available for sale.

I really hope that those new GPUs will stabilize the market so both miners and gamers can have access to the GPUs they need at normal prices.

Disclaimer: This is not financial advise, I am not a financial advisor, this is for educational purposes only. If you want to invest in cryptocurrency please do your own research and invest at your own risk, 1stMiningRig is never liable for any decisions you make. 1stMiningRig may receive donations or sponsorships in association with certain content creation. 1stMiningRig may receive compensation when affiliate/referral links are used.
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