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AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB Review

Conclusion

AMD has no qualms about slapping new names on old GPUs. Radeon RX 580 is, for the most part, Radeon RX 480. Sure, the Ellesmere processor is pushed to higher clock rates now than it did last June. And a new intermediate memory clock state helps bring power consumption down when you have multiple monitors attached. But if you jumped on either Radeon RX 480 or GeForce GTX 1060 6GB last year when they launched, this isn’t an upgrade.

Rather, Radeon RX 580 is for gamers with older graphics cards. If you’re still using a Radeon HD 7850 or GeForce GTX 660, for example, the RX 580 would be a tremendous step up.

In the context of its modern contemporaries, though, Radeon RX 580 helps make up some of GCN’s lost ground against GeForce GTX 1060 6GB in the DirectX 11-based apps where it trailed previously, and extends AMD’s lead in a growing list of DX12 titles. That means you get playable performance at 2560x1440 using the highest quality settings. Or dial back to 1920x1080 and add anti-aliasing.

Further, AMD continues working to improve the software supporting its graphics processors. WattMan gives you the flexibility to manually undervolt/underclock if you want to pursue greater efficiency (overclocking really isn't an option here), while Chill arms eSports enthusiasts with a tool to bring power consumption and temperatures down. Our testing from last December shows this technology works well in certain cases and isn't as ideal in others. Have a look at Benchmarking AMD Radeon Chill: Pumping The Brakes On Wasted Power for specifics.

The only real drawback to Radeon RX 580, aside from the mistaken presumption of a next-gen product, is higher power consumption under load. AMD needs to use more voltage to get additional frequency out of the same Ellesmere GPU, necessitating better coolers from the company's board partners to keep thermals under control.

AMD tells us that Radeon RX 580 will start at $230 and go up from there. The Sapphire Nitro+ model we tested represents the upper range of what you'll find at $275. But that's not a bad place to be, since the next step up is GeForce GTX 1070 for $360+. Value-seekers may want to look at more basic models, though, which should still come close to Sapphire's performance.

Because the competing GeForce GTX 1060 6GB already utilizes a complete GP106 GPU, we expect that Nvidia will respond to a slightly faster Radeon RX 580 with more aggressive pricing/rebates/game bundles and premium models sporting 9 Gb/s GDDR5 memory. Of course, that assumes the 580 doesn't launch at one price and sell for something higher, as the Radeon RX 480 did during its early days. Best-case, gaming enthusiasts enjoy the consequence of two closely-matched graphics cards capable of smooth frame rates at 2560x1440 and pay less for more performance.


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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?
    Reply
  • 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