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:
- Intel Core i7 5960X @ 4,0 GHz
- MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC motherboard
- 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory @ 2133 MHz 13-13-13-36-2T
- Samsung 840 Evo 1TB SSD
- Seasonic Platinum Series 1200W PSU
- NZXT Kraken X60 CPU cooler
- Cooler Master Test Bench
- Iiyama G-Master 'Gold Phoenix' GB2888UHSU-B1
- Driver version: Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.1
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.