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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 Testing:

Finding out just how much gaming FPS performance the XFX Radeon RX 580 8GB GTS Black Edition 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:

  • XFX RX 580 8GB GTS Black Edition: 1440MHz Core, 2106MHz Memory

After cranking up the clock speeds on the PowerColor RX 580 8GB Golden Sample, I was jacked up to push the clock speeds on this card from XFX. I quickly found out that once again not all silicon is created equal, much like each of us! I started out by increasing the fan speed to 100% and then moved on to tweaking the core clock speeds. I backed off 40MHz from the maximum clock speed I reached on the PowerColor card and used the voltage and Power Limit settings to see just how well this card would do. The truth is not as well. But that does not mean the card can't overclock; it just means it is running with tighter margins. After backing all the way down to stock settings, I set the power limit at +50% and started boosting the core clock speed in 10MHz increments until I get the black screen of death that pops up when the AMD driver crashes. I then tweaked the voltage up and pushed further until I reached a stable 1440MHz on the core. I then backed down the voltage to the core until the driver crashed and bumped it up again to +42mv to get the best mix of voltage, clock speed, and cooling performance. Any higher on the voltage only increased the GPU core temperature.

The 8GB of GDDR5 memory ended up within 13MHz of the result seen on the PowerColor card, showing some consistency across manufacturers cards using the same Samsung memory IC's.


 

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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