AMD RX 580 was not much of an attractive product since it was a refresh of RX 480 with slightly better performance as its clock speeds were a little higher. However, the pricing of RX 580 always made it a special product, except for the mining era where it was insanely priced. In recent months, the release of RX 590 has further pushed down the prices of RX 580 graphics cards and that is why it is a perfect GPU for 1080p gaming. It can, in fact, easily run most of the games at 1440p too, providing more than 60 FPS at normal-high settings, although do not expect that for every game.
The RX 580 is slightly more aggressive in terms of power consumption than the RX 480 but most of the variants of RX 580 have much beefier heat-sinks too, like the Nitro+ variant of RX 580 improved a lot over the RX 480 version. In this article, we will look upon some of the best variants of AMD RX 580 which will provide you with a spectacular gaming experience.
1. XFX GTS RX 580 XXX
Our Rating: 9.5/10
- Among the best value variants of RX 580
- Large fans provide superior cooling
- XFX inductors are free from coil whine
- The graphics card provides horrible looks
- Could have at least used non-RGB lighting
Boost Core Clock: 1366 MHz | GPU Cores: 2304 | Memory: 8GB GDDR5 | Memory Speed: 2000 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 256 GB/s | Length: 10.63 Inches | No. of Fans: 2 | RGB Lighting: N/A | Graphics Outputs: 1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin | Maximum Power Consumption: 185W
XFX GTS RX 580 XXX is a simple looking graphics card with not much bells and whistles but it packs quite much power under the hood. The card features a dual-fan design with black color fan shroud which is not very pleasant but it helps in the airflow. It is a two-slot graphics card which is why it will not have any issues width wise, although the length of the graphics card might be troublesome for some people.
The graphics card uses four heat-pipes for cooling in vertical alignment and as for the power delivery is concerned, it uses a 4+1 phase digital controller which is satisfactory.
We observed that the card uses a little passive cooling policy and the fan speeds were spinning at around 55-60 percent when the graphics card reached 75-degree temperature. This keeps the card very quiet but you can easily change the fan curve for cooler operation.
As for the overclocking capability is concerned, the graphics card provided minimal results and the stable clocks were around 1420-1425 MHz while having a 2025 MHz clock on the memory. This graphics card is priced very well and if you want the best bang for the buck, this product will be perfect for you.
2. POWERCOLOR RED DEVIL RX 580
Our Rating: 9.5/10
- Uses high-grade components
- Fairly smaller in length than other variants
- Provides BIOS for silent operation
- The design of the graphics card feels unimpressive
- The graphics card does not match most of the PC themes
Boost Core Clock: 1380 MHz | GPU Cores: 2304 | Memory: 8GB GDDR5 | Memory Speed: 2000 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 256 GB/s | Length: 10.04 Inches | No. of Fans: 2 | RGB Lighting: N/A | Graphics Outputs: 1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin | Maximum Power Consumption: 185W
Powercolor Red Devil RX 580 is one of those graphics cards which is seriously under-rated. This graphics card might not provide you with beautiful aesthetics, although there is red lighting at the top of the card but the cooling capability and overclocking ability of this card matches the high-tier variants.
The card features a black theme with red stripes which is fine but the shroud of the fan feels ugly and too basic. The length of the card is good at around ten inches, although things are a bit different width wise. It features a tri-slot design which shows that it packs a beefy heat-sink which is a great thing, although make sure that there is enough space between the cards if you plan to do Crossfire.
The graphics card uses high-quality components while the power delivery is also quite good with a 6+1 phase. This enables the card to achieve a 1450 Mhz core clock and 2250 memory clock with overclocking.
At full load, the card reaches around 73-75 degrees, which is perfectly fine at the stock fan curve and things get a lot better when you turn the fan up a little. This card might not give you the looks but if you want to get sheer performance and avoid any RGB stuff, it will fit you very nicely.
3. ASUS ROG STRIX RX 580 GAMING OC
Our Rating: 9/10
- Premium design along with Aura-Sync RGB lighting
- Tri-fan design minimizes the noise of the fans
- Uses 4-pin fan headers which can be connected to PWM fans
- Lengthy enough to have a lower compatibility than other variants
- A bit pricier for such a mid-range graphics card model
Boost Core Clock: 1380 MHz | GPU Cores: 2304 | Memory: 8GB GDDR5 | Memory Speed: 2000 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 256 GB/s | Length: 11.73 Inches | No. of Fans: 3 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 1 x DVI, 2 x HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin | Maximum Power Consumption: 185W
We all know about the Asus ROG Strix models and this tri-fan design of Asus has gotten very popular. This is probably the most beautiful looking variant of AMD RX 580, although these features come at a premium price. The card features a complex-looking fan shroud with RGB lighting, providing pleasant looks and you can sync the lighting with other compatible components like peripherals and motherboard, thanks to the Aura-Sync technology.
This card is also among the longest variants of RX 580 due to three fans, although it is fairly packed in a two-slot design.
The graphics card features a 7+1 phase power delivery which is quite good for such a mid-range graphics card and thanks to this, we noticed that the graphics card could easily jump as high as 1470 MHz on the core and 2250 MHz on the memory.
Meanwhile, the cooling capability of the card is also quite good and it reached around a maximum reading of 65 degrees which is fabulous. If you want the best of RX 580 variants and do not care about the price difference then this card will provide you great performance along with nice aesthetics.
4. MSI RX 580 GAMING X
Our Rating: 8.5/10
- Quietest variant of RX 580 due to Torx Fans
- The design is impressively magnificent
- Suffers from coil while
- The VRM cooling could have been better
- A bit wider heat-sink would be much better
Boost Core Clock: 1393 MHz | GPU Cores: 2304 | Memory: 8GB GDDR5 | Memory Speed: 2025 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 259.2 GB/s | Length: 10.83 Inches | No. of Fans: 2 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 1 x DVI, 2 x HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin | Maximum Power Consumption: 185W
MSI Gaming X models are as famous as the ROG Strix models because of their looks. MSI RX 580 Gaming X features a Twin Frozr VI design which uses two Torx 2.0 fans. These fans are extremely quiet and yet provide a wonderful performance.
This card also uses a black and red theme like the Red Devil model but the aesthetics of this card are tons better because of the design. It also has RGB lighting at the top which can be customized using the MSI software. The card has a fairly big height, although the length and the width are not much of an issue.
The card uses a 6+1 phase power delivery which is adequate and one can overclock the graphics card very aggressively after increasing the power target. We examined that the card easily absorbed a 100 MHz offset on the core and 250 MHz offset on the memory, which might be due to luck.
This pushed the graphics card to the upwards of 75 degrees which is a bit high, although the temperatures on stock clocks were around 70 degrees. If you want a graphics card with quiet operation while not compromising on the performance and looks, MSI RX 580 Gaming X will not disappoint you in any way.
5. SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 580
Our Rating: 9/10
- Provides highest stock core clocks
- Supreme cooling with big-fin fans
- Surprisingly good overclocking capability
- Reasonably noisy at high load
- Higher power consumption than other variants
Boost Core Clock: 1411 MHz | GPU Cores: 2304 | Memory: 8GB GDDR5 | Memory Speed: 2000 MHz | Memory Bandwidth: 256 GB/s | Length: 10.23 Inches | No. of Fans: 2 | RGB Lighting: Yes | Graphics Outputs: 1 x DVI, 2 x HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort | Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin | Maximum Power Consumption: 235W
Sapphire is among the most notable vendors in the AMD lineup and their graphics cards have greatly improved over the past few years. Sapphire Nitro+ RX 580 features a dual-slot dual-fan design with mighty heat-sink having thick heat-pipes coming out from the top.
The front of the card has a nice premium look and the top features RGB-lit Sapphire logo which can be controlled through Sapphire’s software facility. Overall, this is the most balanced graphics card variant with attractive dimensional ratios.
The graphics card features 6+1 phase power delivery and it is to be noted that this graphics card features one of the highest core clocks out of the box. Also, the overclocking capability of the card is very good and we could achieve stable clocks of 1480 MHz while 1500 MHz was full of crashes.
We were able to achieve 2250 MHz on the memory thus leading to an effective clock rate of 9 GHz. The temperatures of the graphics card were pretty impressive at around 65 degrees during load and 70 degrees during the overclocking session. The fans get a bit noisy at full load but apart from that, it could be said that this is the perfect variant of AMD RX 580.
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