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XFX Radeon RX 580 8GB GTS Black Edition Review

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XFX Radeon RX 580 8GB GTS Black Edition Conclusion:

As I have seen in the past, XFX puts together a pretty solid package from card to card throughout the product stack. There are subtle differences between the cards that offer the end user parts from mild to wild. There are no less than 10 different RX 580 cards that XFX offers with different cooling solutions, core clock speeds, and the amount of onboard memory. The card I have looked at today is the 8GB GTS Black Edition card. As a factory overclocked card, it fell slightly behind the PowerColor card I looked at due to the slight difference in the factory overclock. This means the performance deltas I saw over the GTX 1060 6GB card are a little tighter than they were with the comparison RX 580.

Overclocking helps maintain an edge over the GTX 1060 except in those games where NVIDIA cards are normally the higher performers, specifically Ghost Recon Wildlands and For Honor. As far as out of the box performance metrics go, the XFX RX 580 8GB GTX Black Edition holds its own at 1920 x 1080 and 2560 x 1440 where the card offers up a great gaming experience. At a resolution of 1920 x 1080, I saw framerate averages from 39 FPS in Ghost Recon to 125 FPS in DOOM, while at 2560x 1440 I saw a low of 28.88 again in Ghost Recon and a high again in DOOM of 80.4 FPS, showing the range of FPS results you can expect. Of course, this is with high or better quality settings, so just tweaking the settings a bit manually, or by using AMD's game optimization tools in the driver package, you can improve upon these results.

What surprised me most about this card when I was overclocking was that I was not able to get it above a 1440MHz clock speed no matter what I tried. This is 88MHz less than I was able to push out of the PowercColor card I just looked at last week. Kind of a downer after those lofty results, but not every GPU or CPU is going to deliver stunning OC results. That does not mean another card will overclock better or worse. It just means this card was not the best overclocker. Temperatures were not a limiting factor while overclocking this card, with a maximum temperature of 57 °C while overclocked, putting it just three degrees warmer than the RX 480 GTR. The four massive copper composite heat pipes that carry the thermal load to the large fin array in XFX's Quad Com heat sink package coupled with the 100mm Supercell fans really do work to keep the silicon, memory, and digital VRM cool. If anything should go wrong with the card, XFX has you covered for three years with its limited warranty. Just in case.

Polaris Refreshed, i.e. the RX 580 and RX 570, are in that odd timing sequence between last year's introduction of the 14nm FinFET process-based Polaris 10 and this year's Polaris "20" GPU. For those that bought the earlier version, the RX 480, there is not a whole lot of upside to making a change. However, if you are looking for a video card upgrade right now from an earlier AMD or NVIDIA card, the XFX RX 580 8GB GTS Black Edition is not a bad option, priced at just $259. Polaris Refreshed is just that and offers up better performance metrics than the RX 480 by way of its higher clock speeds, along with a few added features such as Chill. If 1920 x 1080 or 2560 x 1440 gaming is where you roll, then step up to the plate. XFX has you covered.

Pros:

  • Good looks 
  • Composite heat pipes
  • Factory overclocked
  • Supercell fans
  • Quadcom cooling
  • Three-year warranty
  • Chill

Cons:

  • Limited OC margin
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