AMD's Radeon RX 580 is a top choice for 1080p gaming.
Radeon RX 580 at a glanceHow powerful is the RX 580? The RX 580 serves up slick 60fps performance at both 1080p and 1440p in most current games.
When did the RX 580 come out? AMD launched the RX 580 on 18 April 2017.
How much does the RX 580 cost? The 4GB RX 580 goes for around $470 while the 8GB RX 580 sits around $500.
What is the RX 580?
The RX 580 is the most powerful graphics card in AMD's Radeon RX 500 series. However, unlike the top dogs of Nvidia's competing GTX 10 series, the RX 580 is not a high-end card; its performance remains strictly in the mid-tier where 1080p and 60fps reign supreme.
That's not the only important difference between the RX 580 and its Nvidia cohorts. Where the gap between numerical models in the GTX line – like, say, from the GTX 1050 to the GTX 1060 – represents a significant jump in performance, the RX 580 isn't drastically faster than the cheaper RX 570. In fact, the difference between the RX 570 and the RX 580 is closer to that of a regular Nvidia card and its Ti version: roughly 10% to 20% higher framerates depending on the game.
The similarities don't end there. Like its more affordable sibling, the RX 580 comes in 4GB and 8GB versions, both of which feature 256-bit memory buses. Memory speed does get a slight bump, with the RX 580 running at 8Gbps compared to the RX 570's 7Gbps. The GPU also receives a boost, with the RX 580 operating at a base clock speed of 1257MHz and a boost clock speed of 1340MHz.
While the performance difference between the RX 580 and the RX 570 is relatively modest, the difference in power requirements is rather substantial. A typical RX 580 draws around 185W and requires a system with at least a 500W power supply along with an 8-pin power connector. Variants with overclocked GPUs or more powerful cooling solutions may require even more juice.
What features does the RX 580 support?
There's no shortage of extra features crammed into AMD's RX 500 series graphics cards. These range from software-driven visual enhancements to improved hardware compatibility. The most notable of these are listed below:
- Radeon Chill adaptive power-saving technology
- Eyefinity multi-display technology
- Virtual Super Resolution supersampling
- Vulkan API support
- Radeon ReLive recording software
- DirectX 12
- HDCP 2.2
- HDMI 2.0b
- DisplayPort 1.4 HDR
- TressFX hair physics
How powerful is the RX 580?
Because the RX 580 is effectively an enhanced version of the RX 570, it occupies a similar spot in the PC gaming market as its younger sibling. Modern games pose little trouble at 1080p resolution, and the RX 580 can maintain a stable 60fps even with graphical settings pushed to their max.
The RX 580's extra grunt plays a more prominent role at 1440p. Here, the 10% to 20% higher frame rates it boasts over the RX 570 produce a smoother experience at Very High and Ultra settings, allowing it to maintain a stable 60fps more consistently across modern games.
It's a similar story with virtual reality. The RX 580's additional power places it comfortably above the minimum requirements for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets, and this leads to a smooth, consistent experience across the vast majority of VR titles.
RX 580 availability and price
The Radeon RX 580 launched on 18 April 2017 alongside all the other graphics cards in AMD's RX 500 series. At retail, you'll typically see the 4GB version ranging between $450 and $500 and the 8GB version going for between $500 and $600.
If you're looking to snag a bargain, take a look at our roundup of the latest deals on the 4GB RX 580 and the 8GB RX 580 available from Aussie retailers.
RX 580 specs
- Base clock speed
- Boost clock speed
- 4GB/8GB GDDR5
- Memory speed
- Memory bus
- Card length
- Card width
- Dual slot
- Card height
- Power draw
- Recommended system power
- Power connectors
- No. HDMI ports
- No. Display Ports
- No. DVI ports
- DirectX support