• GPU: RX 580
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR5
  • Ports: DVI-D, HDMI, 3x Display Port
  • Slot Size: Triple
  • Dimensions: 255 x 157 x 57mm
  • Pros:
  • High boosted clock
  • Runs cool and quiet
  • Cons:
  • Size
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3D Mark Fire Strike: 12,017 points
  • 3D Mark Fire Strike Extreme: 5,976 points
  • 3D Mark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,217 points
  • 3D Mark Time Spy: 4,529 points

The Devil That Wears No Prada

The PowerColor Red Devil Golden Sample Radeon RX 580 landed onto our review table this month, and you must be wondering why is Golden Sample in the name. Golden Sample in this instance could just be drawing its name from the popular novel turned movie, ‘‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” where the kids who got to visit the factory using a ‘‘Golden Ticket”.

There are two versions of the PowerColor Red Devil RX 580, the Basic and Golden versions. The Golden version can clock up to 1,425MHz with boost, while the Basic can clock up to 1,380MHz boosted. However, it is worth noting that to get the extra clock speeds, you would have to pay an extra price.

On the aesthetics side of things, this GPU is a little taller due to its increased fin and chassis size, which helps with keeping the card cool. But, this card takes up a lot of space due to its size, and despite being a dual slot, the chassis above the fin takes up extra space, and encroach on the neighbouring PCIE slot. On the board, there is a LED switch that lets you turn the LED on the card on and off. Present on the board as well is a BIOS overclocking switch, which allows you to change your overclocking BIOS from Silent to Ultra. Ultra would allow you to reach faster clocks, while Silent will keep the clocks balanced.

This card is VR Ready, but with only one HDMI port on the card, hooking it to another display may pose a problem for you, unless you’re prepared to buy some converters. In writing, the RX 580 is on par to NVIDIA’s GTX 1060. But it is a tussle between them as some games perform better in different cards. In addition, it also features the latest Freesync 2 technology from AMD. Do note that to run this card, Powercolor recommends a PSU rated at 600W. If your PSU isn’t sufficient, then you might have to upgrade it as well.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A great graphics card for those who skipped upgrading in the recent years, would provide you with a substantial upgrade over what you have, but provides no substantial upgrade if you are using an RX480 or GTX 980.

(previously published in issue June 2017)

PowerColor Red Devil Golden Sample Radeon RX 580