July 4

Best RX 580

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The RX 580 is a mid-range card that’s become pretty popular over the past few years due to its performance and relatively cheap price when compared to higher-end graphics cards. Of course, it’s popularity has spawned several versions across the board, and it can be a bit hard knowing which is the best RX 580 to pick. Honestly, there are so many good manufacturers coming out with versions, such as MSI and Sapphire, that they’re all pretty good.

Fortunately for you, that’s not good enough for us, which is why we’ve cherry-picked some of the better versions out there. 🎮 ✨

That being said, you should be aware that RX 580s tend to have a bit of a cooling issue at higher loads. That shouldn’t put you off of them, just be a little extra aware that you’ll need some good airflow to get the most out of the card. I say ‘the most’ because the RX 580s are a great card for doing your own overclocking. So, without further ‘ado, I bring to you…

For an Nvidia GPU in the same price/power range, check out the best GTX 1070 cards.

Best Choice: Sapphire Radeon Nitro+

Pros & Cons

  • Has an aesthetically pleasing look
  • Good performance
  • Can run hot without a fan control application

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 8Gb DDR5
  • Speed: 1430 Mhz/2100 Mhz boosted
  • Ports: Dual HDMI, Dual DPI, and DVI – D

Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ Review

This entry from Sapphire brings a special and cool-looking flair to what is otherwise a very basic looking card. The ice-blue coloring really lends to the feeling that you’re getting some really good cooling, and it does if you have some fan control applications like MSI Afterburner.

The silver and blue backplate also add to the aesthetics, and if is a great option if you already have those colors in your build.

Performance is good, with a boosted frequency of 1430Mhz or 2100Mhz if you switch the BIOS settings. Of course, with the higher boosted frequency the fans do tend to run very fast, so it can get a little bit noisy if you aren’t used to it. Thankfully, it doesn’t impact performance unless your internal desktop temperature is already really bad.

For 1080p, you can run most games at ultra settings and not get less than 60fps. It can similarly handle 2k reasonably easily, although you’re likely going to have to go to high settings to maintain 60fps. As for 4k, it has a bit more of a difficult time, sometimes hitting 60fps on lower settings, and sometimes only hitting 30fps, a lot of which will rely on your own optimization.

Actually, this card does especially well with games that are optimized for Vulcan, such as DOOM, where you could easily hit 70 or even 100 fps.

Of course, it is a bit big and bulky, so if you don’t have a lot of space in your case, it might be hard to get in. Similarly, the cooling pipes might make it a bit difficult to plug in and do cable management. Even so, the Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 580 is a great card, specially priced at just under $220 dollars. In fact, I’d even call it a steal.

If you want to explore more options at this price range check out our guide on the best graphics cards under $300.

Premium Pick: ASUS ROG STRIX RX 580 8G GAMING OC Edition

Pros & Cons

  • Great potential for overclocking
  • Premium look and feel
  • Expensive

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 8Gb DDR5
  • Speed: 1360 Mhz boosted
  • Ports: Dual HDMI, Dual DPI, and DVI – D

ASUS ROG STRIX RX 580 8G GAMING OC Edition Review

Asus’s ROG department really specializes in premium and high-end gear, and the Strix is no different. It has a sleek, sharp-looking design with lots of angles and straight lines which really make it stand out, especially if you have a transparent case.

It’s not all about the looks though, because the three-fan and bladed design offer more cooling than traditional three-fan and two-fan GPUs.

Idle temperatures will hover around 40-45 C with temperatures hitting 60-70 C on full load. So as you can see, the fan design really gives this card a kick when it comes to thermals and dissipation. Of course, that’s assuming you have optimal airflow in your desktop, I don’t want you to come running back at me with pitchforks!

In terms of performance, the 1360 Mhz boosted engine clock can offer you a lot in the way of gaming. The Strix should easily handle any game running at 1080p and with some games even hitting a stable 144 fps.

In fact, you could probably attach up to three monitors and see the performance in the 70 – 90 fps range, which is especially useful if you’re into the immersiveness of multiple-monitor gaming.

Unfortunately, the price isn’t the only thing that’s massive, and the graphics card itself is quite big. This can be an issue if you have a smaller case, so make sure to measure and double-check before you go buying the Strix.

Otherwise, this is a great card with some top-notch cooling. It is a little on the expensive side because of the $329 price tag, but that’s the nature of a premium product. For more amazing options, check out our guide on the best graphics cards for gaming.

Best Value: MSI RX 580 Armor 8G OC

Pros & Cons

  • Great price
  • Reasonably good performance
  • Looks a bit dated

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 8Gb DDR5
  • Speed: 1336 Mhz boosted
  • Ports: Dual HDMI, Dual DPI, and DVI – D

MSI RX 580 Armor 8G OC Review

MSI has been a big player in the graphics card world for quite a while now, a fact which you can see in our best GTX 1060 Article. With that pedigree, it’s hard to imagine MSI going wrong, and thankfully they haven’t. While this isn’t the best card out there, it’s a reasonably priced alternative for the budget-oriented.

Performance is pretty good with it being able to handle most games at 1080p running at 50-60 FPS with high settings. That may seem a bit low, but since there’s no screen tearing or other issues you might see with trying to run higher FPS on other cards, it’s a great deal.

Even more so if you push the settings down, since then you can get it to hit 144fps something which is pretty standard for games such as CS:GO.

Unfortunately, heat dissipation could be better, although it doesn’t do a terrible job, with idle temperatures being around 50 C and full load temperatures hitting 75-80 C. That being said, you absolutely can increase fan speeds through MSI’s Afterburner, taking the full load temperature down to around 65 C, which isn’t too bad for a dual-fan graphics card.

Of course, the downside is that it’s going to get a little bit noisy at those fan speeds, but the fact that you have the option to run the card at the temperatures and fan speeds you want is a big plus. I will point out though, that if you have a BLASTING sound system, then you really shouldn’t hear the louder fan noise, so it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker.

All that being said, performance above 1080p isn’t great, and even when you run the fans at full speed the Armor might have issues keeping up frame rates at 1440p. Again, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if you only have a 1080p monitor. All in all, the MSI RX 580 Armor is a great card that has a few teething problems when it comes to temperature management.

Best 4GB: ASUS RX 580 4G Dual-Fan OC Edition

Pros & Cons

  • Good price
  • Reasonably good cooling
  • Fans can get loud under full load

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 4Gb DDR5
  • Speed: 1380 Mhz boosted
  • Ports: Dual HDMI, Dual DPI, and DVI – D

ASUS RX 580 4G Dual-Fan OC Edition Review

So far, all the graphics cards we’ve looked at are 8GB editions, and if you want to save a bit of money, then going for the 4GB version isn’t a bad idea. While there are a few different versions of the 4GB out there, the ASUS RX 580 is probably one of the better ones, although much like the MSI version, it also has a couple of problems when it comes to loud fans.

In terms of looks, it has very similar aesthetics to the Strix, which isn’t surprising since it comes from the same company. While this one sports two fans, rather than three, the cooling performance is roughly the same since we’re talking about 4GB rather than 8GB.

Of course, fan noise on high loads is unavoidable, even though the card has to deal with less heat dissipation. That being said, the fans only switch on when the graphics card hits 55 C, so when it’s idle you shouldn’t notice much noise if any.

In terms of performance though, it’s top-notch, and even for a mid-range graphics card, you should see 50-60fps on the majority of AAA titles. Although for some AAA titles you might have to lower the graphical settings a bit to see the same performance, after all, we can’t expect the card to have the same performance as the 8GB version.

Even so, you really shouldn’t see anything below 50fps for most games.

Overall, this is a great card, especially so if you’re mostly gaming on things like CS:GO or fortnight, where you don’t necessarily need the 8GB of more expensive cards. True, the heat dissipation can be an issue under heavy loads, but that’s just another excuse to crank the volume up and enjoy your immersive and awesome looking games.

Best Cheap: Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 580 8GB

Pros & Cons

  • Low power consumption
  • Cheap price
  • Not so good 4k performance

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 8Gb DDR5
  • Speed: 1366 Mhz boosted
  • Ports: Dual HDMI, Dual DPI, and DVI – D

Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 580 8GB Review

As you can see, Sapphire does a reasonably good job of providing for the RX 580 market, with this being their second entry on this list. There’s actually quite a lot of design similarities with the Nitro+ so you still get that corrugated metal at the top, but it’s finished in a sleek, black matte.

The backplate is also rather snazzy looking, with a red, black, and grey setup that fits well with the average lighting and colors you’d find on a desktop.

Much like the Nitro+ version, the cooling on the Pulse is pretty good, although fan noise can be a problem under full loads, a running theme with the RX 580. That being said, performance is excellent, with most games hitting 100fps at 1080p and 60fps at 1440p, so it’s certainly on par with even more expensive graphics cards.

Where it does falter though is in 4k performance, and I very much doubt you’d get really good frame rates even with lower graphical settings. To give an example of a modern-day game, you could get The Division 2 to run at 1080p with Ultra settings and have 60fps, which is pretty impressive for what you’re paying.

One thing I should mention is that even though the Pulse has a lot of similarities to the Nitro+, it doesn’t come with a dual-bios option with different engine clock boosts. Of course, that isn’t a bad thing, and the 1366 Hz can easily handle most games, as I’ve mentioned above.

Also, these graphics cards, including the Pulse, are ripe for you to do your own Overclocking, so you could probably tease out a little bit more performance if you’re so inclined. Finally, one of my favorite things about this card is that it’s pretty power-efficient, with below 225 Watt draw, you don’t have to have a decidedly massive PSU to run it.

So, at the end of the day, the Sapphire Pulse is a great budget option if you’re thinking of upgrading, or even just buying a new graphics card altogether. The sleek, dark, and sharp look of the graphics card should make the internals of your desktop look even cooler, although the actual temperature might not match.

That being said, with some great internal airflow, you shouldn’t feel the issue with heat as much. For more cheap options check out our guide on the best budget graphics cards.

RX 580: Buying Guide

The RX 580 is a great card for the middle-bracket of GPUs, but there are certain things you should keep in mind in regards to all the different versions out there. After all, a graphics card is an investment, and you don’t want to spend your hard earned money on something that doesn’t fit your needs. So here are some things to keep in mind when you buy your RX 580.

Connectivity

This is one of the more important aspects of a graphics card and while it shouldn’t affect the majority of users, if you are somebody who prefers a multiple-monitor setup, this is something you should consider.

XFX RX-580P8DFWR RX 580 8GB GDDR5

For the most part, all RX 580 versions tend to come with two DP, two HDMI, and one DVI-D. As you can see, if you have two monitors, you should be fine going with either the DP or the HDMI setting. Unfortunately, running more than two monitors might net you into problems, and I believe the reason we only see two of each is partially to encourage people to stick to one or two screens on this GPU.

That doesn’t mean you can’t run a three-monitor setup, after all, there are tons of users who do it on an RX 580, it just means you might have to do a little bit of extra work to get things running.

Overclocking

As you may have noticed, a lot of these cards come with factory overclocking, raising the base clock speed of the RX 580 to the stats you see here. If you’re not sure how to do that, check out our guide on how to overclock your GPU.

Now, I have mentioned throughout the article that these cards are a good opportunity for overclocking, and that still remains true, even if you take into account the manufacturers overclocking. Usually, manufacturers will balance the overclocking based on what they believe users are comfortable with in terms of fan noise and temperatures, so you do actually have some wiggle room.

AMD Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX Edition 8GB

As I mentioned, proper airflow is important, and if you manage to liquid cool these, or just generally have excellent airflow and heat dissipation inside your tower, then there’s no reason you can’t suss out a little bit extra performance.

Size

This one relies a lot on what tower you have and what exactly you can fit in there. While most of these cards should do fine in the majority of towers, triple-fan designs tend to be a bit bigger due to the larger heat sink. You should always make sure that you have enough space inside your tower if you’re buying one of the bigger versions of the RX 580 (or any graphics card really).


Frequently Asked Questions

Is AMD Radeon RX 580 good for gaming?

Absolutely, in fact, it’s probably one of the better options out there in terms of bang for your buck. The fact alone that the majority of RX 580 cards come with 8GB of VRAM means that you’re going to get great performance across the board.

AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB

What power supply do I need for RX 580?

For the most part, you really should get a minimum of 500W. A lot of it also depends on what other components that you have in your PC and getting a more powerful PSU won’t hurt, especially if you plan to add parts or do upgrades in the future.

What is the RX 580 8gb equivalent to?

The RX 580 8GB is roughly equivalent to a GTX 1060 6GB. Of course, you should take that with a massive grain of salt, since there’s a bit of variability depending on the manufacturer and the drivers available for each game.


Conclusion

The RX 580 is a really great card, even though it’s considered the middle of the road. The price per performance is nearly unbeatable, and the great availability and options for 8GB VRAM mean you get both performance and choice.

If you’re thinking of buying an RX 580, now’s a great time, as it should still stay relevant for at least another 2-3 years, maybe even more. It can already handle 2k at 60fps reasonably well, and 4k gaming is still a little bit into the future. Either way, I hope I’ve given you some insight into the Best RX 580 version to buy.

Still, having doubts? Check out the AMD vs. NVIDIA debate before dedicating to a brand.


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