AMD Radeon RX 580 Review: Is it Good? Is it Bad?

In this AMD Radeon RX 580 review, we look at one of the best mid-range gaming graphics cards in the market right now.

The 580 is AMD’s attempt at controlling the budget graphics card segment of the market. Most of the gaming happens at the 1080p range, making it the most important market. The Radeon RX 580 provides almost similar if not better performance than the most popular GPU among Steam users, the GTX 1060 which is used by more than 15% of the gamers surveyed. This means the GU should be able to hit 60 fps at 1080p in most titles, at least in theory.

AMD Radeon RX 580 Specs

AMD called the updated 500’ GPUs series the Polaris Enhanced. This is an upgrade to the previous generation Polaris cards released a year before. Despite the GPU in the RX 580 being named Polaris 20, AMD just used the same Polaris 10 chip they had used in the previous generation’s RX 480 and 470 GPUs.

This means that the production processes of the chips improved and AMD was able to improve the yields. AMD tightened the manufacturing and used the peak performance of the previous chips as the starting point to work up from.

The RX 580 is manufactured in the 14 nm process technology using GCN 4.0 architecture. The card offers 2304 stream processors or shaders, 144 texture-mapping units and 32 Render output processors. All these specs are the same in the faster and newer AMD RX 590.

The core of the RX 580 is clocked at 1257 MHz base clock speed with the boost going up to 1340 MHz. This is the only difference in specification between the 580 and the RX 590. The 590 has 1469 MHz base clock and 1545 MHz boost clock, making it faster.

The graphics card used in this AMD Radeon RX 580 review is fitted with a maximum of 8 GB GDDR5 type memory. Although, there exists a 4 GB variant. The memory run at 8000 MHz and is connected using a 256-bit bus interface. The resulting bandwidth is therefore 256 GB/s.

The Radeon RX 580 features one HDMI and three DisplayPort video connectors. It also supports OpenGL 4.6 and DirectX 12.0 (12_1) APIs. There are no reference models made for the RX 590 or the RX 580, the specifications of the card you buy depends on the manufacturer.

Benchmark results

The performance of the RX 580 is just a little bit behind the updated RX 590 and at par with the GTX 1060 6 GB. Generally, there are only a few frames per second between them. At 1080p resolution and maximum settings, the RX 590 averages at 69 fps in PUBG, 93 fps in Fortnite and 151 fps in CS GO. In Overwatch, the RX 580 provides 100 fps and 72 fps in Battlefield 1.

Verdict

The RX 580 is undisputedly one of the best-value graphics cards in the market. It battles the GTX 1060 6 GB closely in performance. However, it consumes more power than its Nvidia counterpart does. (185 vs 120 watts). That is all for our AMD Radeon RX review, if you have any questions ask in the comments.