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AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB Review

GTA V, Hitman, Metro, and Rise of the Tomb Raider

Grand Theft Auto V (DX11)

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Back when the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB launched, most of our benchmark suite consisted of DirectX 11-based games that favored Nvidia’s Maxwell and Pascal architectures. But those first Ashes numbers hinted at a change in the air.

A combination of new titles and old ones patched with DirectX 12 support clearly affected change in the way our performance analysis shakes out. GTA V is a reminder of the way things used to be as Nvidia’s 6GB GeForce GTX 1060 beats the Radeon RX 580 by ~9% and the older RX 480 by ~16%.

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At 2560x1440, the 6GB 1060’s advantage over Radeon RX 580 contracts slightly to just over 8%. Previously, the 6GB card averaged more than 13% quicker than GeForce GTX 480. Even the 3GB model showed up ahead of Polaris.

We have a couple more DX11-based tests to cover, and we’ll be looking to see if Pascal continues to maintain its advantage over GCN in those benchmarks. After all, the list of DX11 games is much longer than those utilizing DX12.

Hitman (DX12)

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Hitman shifts favor back over to Radeon RX 580, which beats the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB by almost 6% thanks to a near-11% gain over Radeon RX 480.

The only real loser is Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, which chokes after losing half of the original 1060’s on-board GDDR5 memory. A less expensive GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB roughly triples the hobbled card’s performance.

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The Radeon RX 580 puts AMD in front of Nvidia at 2560x1440, where the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB is a little faster than Radeon RX 480.

Naturally, the 1060 3GB’s plight worsens. A higher resolution hits the 1050 Ti especially hard though, so it’s only two times faster than the 3GB board this time around. In comparison, AMD’s slightly more expensive Radeon RX 470 achieves an average frame rate 65% higher and is actually playable in Hitman.

Metro: Last Light (DX11)

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Strong performance under DirectX 11 allows the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB to hold its top position in Metro: Last Light, though the Radeon RX 580 essentially ties it.

Prior to RX 580, the 1060 would have led RX 480 by more than 7% at 1920x1080, so this latest round of Ellesmere-based cards serves to close some gap between GCN and Pascal left in DX11 apps and open up more of an advantage in a growing list of DirectX 11 games.

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The good news for AMD is that its Radeon RX 580 maintains playable frame rates using Metro’s Very High quality preset at 2560x1440. Unfortunately, a more taxing resolution hits the 580 harder. Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 6GB finishes in first place, while the GTX 970 and RX 580 demonstrate almost identical performance.

Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX12)

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The benchmark built into Rise of the Tomb Raider switches scenes twice, so the minimums we record aren’t as problematic as they appear. A number of these cards do spend time under 40 FPS, though. Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and 1060 3GB fare worst, while the Radeon R9 380 struggles a bit, too.

At the other end, Radeon RX 580 bests GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, which previously beat the RX 480.

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RotTR’s most demanding quality preset remains playable on the fastest few cards, and Radeon RX 580 lands at the top of the stack we tested.


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  • max0x7ba
    Battlefield 1 2560x1440, Ultra benchmark Radeon RX 580 minimum fps does not look right.
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  • lasik124
    Unless I am really missing something, can't you just slightly overclock the 480 to match the slight performance boost the 580 has?
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  • FormatC
    19579183 said:
    Battlefield 1 2560x1440, Ultra benchmark Radeon RX 580 minimum fps does not look right.
    Take a look at the frametimes at start. I think, it's a driver issue, because it was reproducible ;)

    19579237 said:
    Unless I am really missing something, can't you just slightly overclock the 480 to match the slight performance boost the 580 has?
    No, it were in each case less than 1375 MHz. Slower as the Silent Mode of this 580 and simply too hot for my taste. The problem is not the pre-defined clock rate itself but the reduced real clocks from power tune due temps and voltage/power limtations;)

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  • lasik124
    19579253 said:
    19579183 said:
    Battlefield 1 2560x1440, Ultra benchmark Radeon RX 580 minimum fps does not look right.
    Take a look at the frametimes at start. I think, it's a driver issue, because it was reproducible ;)

    19579237 said:
    Unless I am really missing something, can't you just slightly overclock the 480 to match the slight performance boost the 580 has?
    No, it were in each case less than 1375 MHz. Slower as the Silent Mode of this 580 and simply too hot for my taste. The problem is not the pre-defined clock rate itself but the reduced real clocks from power tune due temps and voltage/power limtations;)

    So i guess what Im trying to ask is it worth buying at 580 (Currently at a 7870) or save a couple bucks pick up a 480 non reference cooler and be able to slightly overclock it to get in game benchmarks similar if closely identical to the current 580?
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  • Math Geek
    no, you'll get the 480 numbers with a 480. the tested card was already oc'ed and you won't get any better manually. the changes made to the 580 can't be done to the 480.

    want the extra few fps, then you'll want to get a 580.
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  • turkey3_scratch
    I like the design of the Nitro card.
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  • Tech_TTT
    I dont get it , for sure AMD could release this card as the original RX 480 long ago , why did they allow Nvidia GTX 1060 to steal the RX 480 share ?

    Very Stupid Strategy ... I now alot of people who bought GTX 1060 and wished AMD were better Just to take advantage of the cheaper Freesync Monitors.

    AMD you lost millions of buyers !!! for nothing !!!
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  • turkey3_scratch
    19579402 said:
    I dont get it , for sure AMD could release this card as the original RX 480 long ago , why did they allow Nvidia GTX 1060 to steal the RX 480 share ?

    Very Stupid Strategy ... I now alot of people who bought GTX 1060 and wished AMD were better Just to take advantage of the cheaper Freesync Monitors.

    AMD you lost millions of buyers !!! for nothing !!!

    Don't think it's as simple as you make it out to be. They're a huge company with a ton of professionals, they know what they're doing.
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  • madmatt30
    19579402 said:
    I dont get it , for sure AMD could release this card as the original RX 480 long ago , why did they allow Nvidia GTX 1060 to steal the RX 480 share ?

    Very Stupid Strategy ... I now alot of people who bought GTX 1060 and wished AMD were better Just to take advantage of the cheaper Freesync Monitors.

    AMD you lost millions of buyers !!! for nothing !!!
    .
    Better binning ,refinements on the power circuitry - something thats come with time after the initial production runs of the rx470/480.
    Fairly normal process for how amd work in all honesty.
    Has it lost them some custom to prospective buyers in the last 6 months since the rx series was released ?? Maybe a few - not even 1% of the buyers they'd have lost if theyd actually held the rx series release back until now though!!
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  • Tech_TTT
    19579428 said:
    19579402 said:
    I dont get it , for sure AMD could release this card as the original RX 480 long ago , why did they allow Nvidia GTX 1060 to steal the RX 480 share ?

    Very Stupid Strategy ... I now alot of people who bought GTX 1060 and wished AMD were better Just to take advantage of the cheaper Freesync Monitors.

    AMD you lost millions of buyers !!! for nothing !!!
    .
    Better binning ,refinements on the power circuitry - something thats come with time after the initial production runs of the rx470/480.
    Fairly normal process for how amd work in all honesty.
    Has it lost them some custom to prospective buyers in the last 6 months since the rx series was released ?? Maybe a few - not even 1% of the buyers they'd have lost if theyd actually held the rx series release back until now though!!

    Thats the Job of the R&D in the beta testing interval .. not after release, I am not buying this explanation at all.
    Reply