• GPU: AMD Radeon RX570
  • Memory: 4GB GDDR5
  • Clockspeed: 1,300MHz (base/gaming mode), 1,310 MHz (boost)
  • Ports: 2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
  • Slot Size: Dual-Slot
  • Other: 256-bit interface, 2048 stream processors
  • Dimensions: 240 x 129 x 39 mm
  • Pros:
  • Low temperatures
  • Near silent
  • Cons:
  • Little room for overclocking
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3D Mark Fire Strike: 10,617 points
  • 3D Mark Fire Strike Extreme: 5,275 points
  • 3D Mark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,808 points
  • 3D Mark Time Spy: 3,972 points

Incremental Upgrade

While some predicted it, there were many who didn’t expect AMD to release a refresh for the Polaris-based RX 400, with the launch of Vega expected this year. So, when ASUS sent us a unit of the ROG STRIX RX 570, we wanted to see how well it could perform.

The ROG STRIX RX 570 is an all-black GPU with some ROG LEDs to give it some colour. On the top is a pair of 95mm fans that may look plain at first, but have a ‘wing-blade’ design that’s generates more static air pressure onto the heat sink, without having to spin harder. There’s no back plate here, but it does have a steel frame on the edge of the card for some rigidity. Being a dual-slot card, it takes up some space and might be difficult to fit in ITX casings, but it’s a short card so it does help save space.

For I/O, this GPU comes with two DVI ports, so you can use it with two low-end/cheaper monitors, allowing them to game and monitor their stream at the same time. It’s also future proof in that sense, as it’s equipped with a single HDMI and a DisplayPort.

This time around, AMD increased the TDP of the RX 570 by 30W (to 150W) and the voltage to 1.15V. As a result, it can now be clocked at higher rates. Additionally, we found that its temperatures for idle and on typical load (gaming) remains around 27° Celsius and 65° Celsius respectively. That’s similar to the RX 400 series’ temperature levels despite the higher clockspeeds. It still uses only a single 8-pin PCIE connector for power, so don’t expect it to overclock much. Aside from the relatively low temperature levels, we also found that the ROG STRIX RX 570 is very quiet during operation, even when on full load.

Firmly aimed at the 1080p gaming segment, the RX 570 does well to handle most titles. It can even play graphics intensive games like Rise of the Tomb Raider or The Witcher 3 at very high settings, albeit not at above 60FPS with 100% consistency.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Great price to performance ratio, capable of running even the latest triple-A games at high graphics settings without feeling too sluggish.

(previously published in issue June 2017)