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

10 models of ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Sapphire tested


Test method

We perform our tests using a selection of the games that we use for 3D-chips. For comparing GPUs we use a lot more games, but in this article we only compare the various 570s and 580s of the manufacturers with each other. 

For this round-up we made an entirely new selection of games. On every graphics card we run 3DMark Fire Strike (DX11) and 3DMark Time Spy (DX12), supplemented with the following five games:

  • Battlefield 1 (DX12)
  • Civilization VI (DX12)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX12)
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands (DX11)
  • The Division (DX12)

The resolutions at which we test a graphics card depends with the sensibility of certain settings. This means we prevent low-end graphics cards rendering a slide show at 4K-resolution, and also limit CPU-bottlenecks by testing high-end cards on low settings. In the case of the RX 570 and RX 580 we tested all cards using the following resolutions and settings:

  • 1920x1080 (WQHD) Medium / Normal
  • 1920x1080 (WQHD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA
  • 2560x1440 (Ultra HD) Medium / Normal
  • 2560x1440 (Ultra HD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA

Our test system runs on Windows 10 64 bit and consists of the following components:

Aside from performance we also measure the power consumption and noise levels of graphics cards. Lastly we also look at how the clockspeed changes during a long gaming session, to find out if the cooler on the card is adequate enough to prevent thermal throttling.

In the graphs, all RX 570s can be recognized by a blue bar, while the RX 580s have a red bar. 

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