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

10 models of ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Sapphire tested


MSI RX 570 Gaming X & RX 580 Gaming X(+)

As ASUS, MSI is also represented by three different models. The Radeon RX 570 Gaming X and RX 580 Gaming X are the spitting image of the high-end cards of the brand, but the underlying cooler is slightly more simplistic. The RX 580 Gaming X has three heatpipes, while the RX 570-version has two. Despite the identical appearance with two fans, it has less cooling capacity.

MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming X 8GB MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming X+ 8GB
The Radeon RX 580 Gaming X+ (right) has a much bigger heatsink than the regular Gaming X (left).

The Gaming X+ is a new design and houses a Polaris 20 XTR-chip. Furthermore this card has a bigger cooler with five instead of three heatpipes. As with the RX 580 Gaming X, this model has a backplate while the RX 570 does not. MSI does not go along with the rgb-hype as much as ASUS: only an MSI-logo at the top is adjustable in terms of colour, the leds at the front are always red.

MSI Radeon RX 570 Gaming X 4GB
MSI uses a fairly simple Twin Frozr-cooler on the RX 570.

Noteworthy is that MSI follows the competition by implementing ‘VR-friendly’ monitor-outputs. By sacrificing a single DisplayPort for an HDMI-connector, you can keep an HDMI-monitor or-television connected when you use VR.

In the table below we compare all specifications of the MSI-participants.

Product nameRadeon RX 570 Gaming X 4GBRadeon RX 580 Gaming X+ 8GB
Product codeRX 570 GAMING X 4GRX 580 GAMING X+ 8G
DetailsProduct infoProduct info
GPUAMD Radeon RX 570AMD Radeon RX 580
GPU seriesAMD Radeon RX 500AMD Radeon RX 500
Clock frequency - GPU1281 MHz1431 MHz
Clock frequency - Turbo1281 MHz1431 MHz
Memory amount4096 MB8192 MB
Memory clock frequency1750 MHz2000 MHz
Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5
Memory cooling
Memory brandHynixSamsung
DirectX versionDirectX 12DirectX 12
nVidia SLI compatible
AMD Crossfire compatible
InterfacePCI-Express 3.0 x16PCI-Express 3.0 x16
GPU coolingActive (2x)Active (2x)
Extra power connector
Power connector type(s)PEG62x PEG8
Number of slots23
Length27.4 cm27.9 cm
Width12.9 cm12.8 cm
Height3 cm4.9 cm
Low profile
D-Sub connector
DVI connector
DVI output (amount)11
HDMI output
HDMI version2.0b2.0b
Number of HDMI connectors22
DisplayPort connector
DisplayPort version1.41.4
Number of DisplayPort connectors22
Interne HDMI aansluitingen00
DVI -> D-Sub convertor
DVI -> HDMI plug
HDMI -> DVI plug
Remote control
DVD softwareDriversDrivers

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