AMD RX580 PowerColor Red Devil Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

PowerColor RX580 Red Devil Review


With the recent release of the Ryzen CPUs on the Zen architecture it is clear that AMD has very much returned to the fray when it comes to their motherboard and CPU range. Given where they were just even as recently as last year it must have taken an enormous amount of research and development time and money to make such a huge leap forwards. If there is one thing we know about the PC Hardware world it is that most improvements are gradual, incremental enhancements made over years, rather than a giant leap for all silicon kind.

For what has felt like years the only thing propping AMD up has been their range of Radeon graphics cards. Whilst the 380X didn't quite set the world on fire, their 4th Generation GCN hardware, in the form of the RX 480 and Fury GPUs, was a serious option for anyone looking to game on a tight budget.

When you take into account the already successful RX 480 and the enormous amount of resources ploughed into the development of their Zen architecture, it is perhaps not surprising that this latest entrant into the Radeon pantheon is more of a refinement of an existing card than a massive leap forwards.

As you can see from the comparison table the RX 580 is a slightly faster GPU with some slightly better memory bandwidth, largely gained from an increase in TDP headroom. Very much a case of evolution rather than revolution. Given that Ryzen has probably saved the company though it is understandable that you can't reinvent everything in one go without crippling development cost.

One trick that the RX 580 does have up its sleeve though is AMD Chill technology, which works with a handful of titles to help keep your card cool and the power draw down when there isn't much action on screen. It's probably best thought of as a gaming version of a video codec. Rather than use tons of power to keep rendering something that hasn't changed, the algorithm powers down the card and frame rate when little is happening, and seamlessly returns to full power when the gaming gets heavy. Now the titles currently supported - Counter Strike, DOTA2, League of Legends, Overwatch - aren't part of our benchmark suite so we only have AMDs figures to go on, but they claim 30% power consumption reduction and 12°C average temperature reduction when the Chill technology is activated compared to regular running. Perfect if the eSports world is your main gaming pleasure.

 Radeon RX 580Radeon RX 480
GCN Architecture4th Generation4th Generation
Manufacturing Process14nm FinFET14nm FinFET
Compute Units3636
Stream Processors23042304
Clock Speed 1340MHz Boost, 1257MHz Base1266MHz Boost, 1120MHz Base
Memory Size8 GB8 GB
Memory Bandwidth256 GB/s224 GB/s
Memory Interface256 bit256 bit
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5
Freesync SupportYesYes
DirectX 12 SupportYesYes
Vulkan SupportYesYes
DisplayPort Version1.3 HBR/1.4 HDR1.3 HBR/1.4 HDR


  RX 580RX 480RX 570 RX 470 
GPU Cores 23042304 2048 2048 
Base Clock1257MHz1120MHz 1168MHz 926MHz 
Boost Clock1340MHz 1266MHz 1244MHz 1206MHz 
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Most Recent Comments

18-04-2017, 13:29:38

What's the likely price? Mid-£200's I'm thinking - the 1060 Strix that it fairly-closely matches is around £290-300 and the 480's are about £230-260 or so, expect it to fill that range I guess.Quote

18-04-2017, 13:57:04

Added this in with my Ryzen system it would of taken the price to around the £650 mark which in fairness is a really nice price range for a proper gaming system, though that red needs to be white

Originally Posted by Chopper3 View Post
What's the likely price? Mid-£200's I'm thinking - the 1060 Strix that it fairly-closely matches is around £290-300 and the 480's are about £230-260 or so, expect it to fill that range I guess.
Probably why I kept seeing Asus post with specials for 480's on FBQuote

18-04-2017, 14:15:53

Nice review, I have a mates customer who was told to hold off and not get an RX480 by me and just as well as the RX580 is going to be much better for him and he will be gaming at 1080 so this will give him all the bells and whistles Quote

18-04-2017, 15:10:04

Not bad. Saw a couple of 580's hit 1500Mhz, but most were slightly below.Quote

18-04-2017, 15:12:46

Genuinely glad that AMD have allowed the AIBs to put their coolers on the cards from the start and not forcing them to use reference designs initially. They should do the same for Vega as wellQuote

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