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Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 Review Roundup: The Best Reasons Yet To Upgrade

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[Originally posted on 04/19/17.]

Today we took the esteemed “Polaris” architecture into faster, more refined territory with the launch of our Radeon RX 500 Series, serving up the most compelling reasons yet to upgrade your graphics card.

Believe it or not, 9 out of 10 PC gamers are still playing on outdated graphics cards1. Take a minute to really let that sink in. It means not being able to maintain smooth framerates in the newest games. It means being unable to power smooth VR experiences. It means missing out on awesome display tech like HDR2 and Radeon FreeSync3, and on innovative features like Radeon Chill4  that lets users adjust frame rates and save power during gaming.

Stepping up from a graphics card like the Radeon RX 380 to the new Radeon RX 580 literally means the difference between ~40 frames per second to a solid 60+ frames per second at 1440p in games like Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Resident Evil 7, For Honor, and DOOM5. To me, that’s a game changer.

But hey, I’m a marketing guy. I’d rather have you read the overwhelming praise being served up by the global tech press. So, here’s a comprehensive snapshot of what tech journalists are saying about our Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570 graphics cards.

“Despite many things pointing to the contrary, this is much more than a rebrand since these cards are being offered with higher clock speeds and some notable updates to their power consumption profiles. Some may argue that a 1340MHz speed bin for Polaris was already widely available on board partners’ overclocked SKUs but now AMD is making those higher clocks the new norm […] Conclusion: One of the best just got better.” – Michael Hoenig, HardwareCanucks

“The MSI Radeon RX 570 Gaming X consistently outran the Radeon RX 470 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti cards” – Marco Chiappetta, HotHardware

“[…]both PowerColor’s Red Devil RX 580 and Sapphire’s Nitro+ RX 570 left me impressed. Their hulking size feels a bit out of place, but I can’t argue with the build quality. Both cards are very well built, and both cards are nearly whisper silent while gaming, even with their full factory overclocks in place.” – Ryan Smith, Anandtech

“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 2560×1440 using the highest quality settings.” – Igor Wallosek, Tom’s Hardware


XFX Radeon RX 580 8GB GTR-S | Photo by Jason Evangelho

“The MSI Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 Gaming X cards we tested performed well in our tests. The MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming X clearly outpaced the Radeon RX 480, and was faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 Founder’s Edition more often than not.” – Marco Chiappetta, HotHardware

“I think the RX 580 is the best possible drop-in upgrade solution that money can buy provided your PSU is up to the task of powering it…Not only can this card offer superlative 1080P performance but it has the chops to power through high detail level 1440P content as well. NVIDIA’s GTX 1060 6GB can’t even come close, even when EVGA’s Superclocked edition is thrown into the mix.” – Michael Hoenig, HardwareCanucks

“[…]AMD does have a small lead in the bang-per-buck table with the RX 580.” – Antony Leather, Forbes

Jason Evangelho, Sr. Technical Marketing Specialist for the Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

  1. PC gamer segmentation based on Steam Hardware Survey Feb 2017. Gamer upgrade estimate based on Steam peak daily users. 88% of users (approximately 9 out of 10 gamers), are gaming on Radeon R9 380X class GPUs or lower resulting in not being able to keep up in the latest games at 2560x1440 resolution including Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, For Honor, Doom, and Resident Evil resulting in tearing or being forced to move to lower settings; are unable to drive VR experiences by scoring higher than 6.0 on the SteamVR test; and are missing out on the latest display technologies including 160 FreeSync™ monitors, HDR, DisplayPort and HDMI advances, and game streaming in real-time at 4K resolution.
  2. HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, monitor/TV, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-96
  3. FreeSync disclaimer to use is: Requires a monitor and AMD Radeon™ graphics, both with FreeSync support. for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-117
  4. Compatible with Radeon™ consumer graphics products in supported DirectX®9 and DirectX®11 games for Windows®7/8.1/10. For more details and a whitelist of supported games, see GD-115
  5. Testing done by AMD Performance Labs March 9 2017 using an Intel Core i7 5960X (@3.0GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, AMD display driver 17.10 and Windows 10 (64bit). PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. The following games were tested at 1440p: Battlefield 1 (Ultra Presets, DX12), Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (High Quality, DX11), For Honor (High Preset, DX11), DOOM (Ultra Presets, Vulkan), and Resident Evil 7 (Ultra Presets, DX11). The Radeon™ RX 580 (8GB) scored 65.0, 66.9, 69.5, 73.3 and 74.2 respectively. The Radeon™ R9 380 (4GB) scored 43.5, 43.2, 40.3, 45.3, and 42.1 respectively. All scores in average FPS and are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-92