AMD Radeon RX 570 & RX 580 round-up: Polaris update

10 models of ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Sapphire tested


ASUS RX 570 Strix OC, RX 580 Strix OC & Strix Top

ASUS sent us three graphics cards for this round-up. For starters they sent us the Strix OC-versions of the Radeon RX 570 and RX 580. The RX 570 Strix OC resembles the Strix-card from the previous generation and uses the exact same cooler as the RX 470. For the RX 580 Strix OC, ASUS used the two and a half slot MaxContact cooler of the GTX 1080 Ti, with six heatpipes and three fans.

ASUS Radeon RX 570 Strix OC 4GB
The Radeon RX 570 Strix OC is the spitting image of the RX 470 of the same brand.

Both graphics cards have a few noteworthy features. Of course both have rgb-lighting that you can control via Aura Sync and synchronize with other products. For the RX 570 this is limited to a small ROG-logo on the top, while the RX 580 has coloured leds all around the card. FanConnect makes a return as well, allowing you to control extra casefans according to the GPU-temperature. If you want you can even give them their own profile. On the RX 570 we find a single PWM-header, the RX 580 has two.

ASUS Radeon RX 580 Strix Top 8GB
The ASUS RX 580s have a much bigger cooler.

The RX 580 Strix Top has the same 30 cm long cooler as the Strix OC, but is based on a Polaris 20 XTR-chip. Most cards have the so-called XTX-variant. The XTR-version is supposed to be better for overclocking, but AMD remains vague about the technical differences between the chips. At least physically there is no difference and according to AMD they are both manufactured by Globalfoundries. In our overclocking test we will find out whether or not they are actually better at overclocking.

You can compare the specifications of the ASUS-cards in the table below. 

Product nameRadeon RX 570 Strix OC 4GBRadeon RX 580 Strix OC 8GBRadeon RX 580 Strix Top 8GB
DetailsProduct infoProduct infoProduct info
GPUAMD Radeon RX 570AMD Radeon RX 580AMD Radeon RX 580
GPU seriesAMD Radeon RX 500AMD Radeon RX 500AMD Radeon RX 500
Clock frequency - GPU1300 MHz1360 MHz1411 MHz
Clock frequency - Turbo1300 MHz1360 MHz1411 MHz
Aantal rekenkernen204823042304
Memory amount4096 MB8192 MB8192 MB
Memory clock frequency1750 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz
Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5GDDR5
Memory cooling
Memory brandElpidaSamsungSamsung
DirectX versionDirectX 12DirectX 12DirectX 12
nVidia SLI compatible
AMD Crossfire compatible
InterfacePCI-Express 3.0 x16PCI-Express 3.0 x16PCI-Express 3.0 x16
GPU coolingActiveActive (3x)Active (3x)
Extra power connector
Power connector type(s)PEG8PEG8PEG8
Number of slots222
Length24.1 cm30.1 cm30.1 cm
Width11.5 cm11.2 cm11.2 cm
Height3.7 cm5.2 cm5.2 cm
Low profile
D-Sub connector
DVI connector
DVI output (amount)211
HDMI output
HDMI version2.0b2.0b2.0b
Number of HDMI connectors122
DisplayPort connector
DisplayPort version1.41.41.4
Number of DisplayPort connectors122
Interne HDMI aansluitingen000
DVI -> D-Sub convertor
DVI -> HDMI plug
HDMI -> DVI plug
Remote control
DVD softwareDriversDriversDrivers

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