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PowerColor Radeon Red Devil RX 580 8GB Golden Sample Review

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PowerColor Radeon Red Devil RX 580 8GB Golden Sample Testing:

Finding out just how much gaming FPS performance the PowerColor Radeon RX 580 8GB Golden Sample can deliver will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustments will be made to the respective control panels during the testing to approximate the performance the end user can expect with a stock driver installation. I will be testing the cards at their stock speeds to see how they stack up and will test each one to find the maximum stable overclock. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. Resolutions of 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440, and 3840 x 2160 will be used.

 

Testing Setup:

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

  • PowerColor Radeon Red Devil RX 580 8GB Golden Sample: 1528MHz Core, 2103MHz Memory

Knowing that the overclocking on the RX 480 was not too terribly robust, I was curious as to how well this revision of the silicon would do when it came time to push the clock speeds into overdrive. I quickly found out that this card is indeed blessed with some overclocking chops. Just over 1400MHz was the highest clock speed I could get on the RX 480's that I tested. The bar starts higher than that here with the Red Devil RX 580 8GB Golden Sample. I used MSI's Afterburner to overclock this card and started by increasing the fan speed to 100% and the power limit to +50%, followed by bumping the clock speed up in 20MHz increments until I would get the black screen of death that signals a driver failure. Each time I would get this screen, a reboot was in order, along with a bump in the voltage to the core. I kept up this routine until I was reaching the limits of the voltage I could apply in Afterburner and settled for a final clock speed on the core of 1528MHz. A very solid result, if I may say.

The memory overclocking was not nearly as robust as the core overclocking, but a bump of 103MHz was an easy enough grab for full time use. This was about 90+MHz shy of the overclocks I saw on the RX 480's, but every bit helps. I could push the core and memory a little bit faster for targeted tests, but those results are not what I could run each and every day for gaming. THey were however good enough for that added headroom if you are in a bench-marking contest with your site mates.


 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consisted of looping Unigine Heaven 4.0 for thirty minutes each to see where the clock speeds failed when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment failed, then the clock speeds and tests were re-run until they passed a full hour of testing.

 
  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Fallout 4
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
  4. Tom Clancy's The Division
  5. Hitman (2016)
  6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  7. Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
  8. DOOM
  9. Watch Dogs 2
  10. For Honor
  11. 3DMark
  12. VRMark

 

  • Usage:

  1. Temperatures
  2. Power Consumption



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