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
Aantal rekenkernen20482304
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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