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PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 review

The RX 580 has been out in quite a while and here will do the PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 review (Golden Sample). This has been my main graphics card ever since I purchased it at a really low price when the mining craze subsided. I am a fan of the Devil and pentagram aesthetic and this is my favorite graphics card to date.

It features the an all metal shroud and back plate in black and red colors with the Red Devil branding. We personally are fans of black and red components and this graphics card’s design will complement the full AMD Red team color scheme.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 is an improved version of the RX 480 and still uses the same Polaris architecture of AMD’s high end gaming graphics cards.

Closer look

This PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 Golden Sample is equipped with a huge heatsink with nickel plated copper heat pipes and two fans which provides excellent cooling performance. A notable feature of these fans are eliminating fan noise by literally stopping the fans in low-load situations. They will only run when your GPU temperatures hit 60°C. At idle, the GPU temperature is around 40°C-45°C. During most of our gaming tests, the graphics card was kept at pretty decent temperatures ranging between 65°C-70°C, with the ambient temperature of 24°C.

A generous amount of video outputs are provided: 1x HDMI, 1x DVI-D, 3x DisplayPorts. You can have a maximum of 5 displays utilizing AMD’s Eyefinity technology.

This card also supports other AMD Radeon exclusive features such as FreeSync 2, AMD LiquidVR technology, Radeon Chill, and the entire Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition suite, and AMD Crossfire (2-way bridgeless).

There is also a BIOS switch that will let you choose two modes: OC and Silent. With OC, your card will boost at a maximum of 1425mhz while with silent, it will only boost at 1411mhz which will tremendously lessen GPU temperatures.

Red Devil RX 580 review

This GPU needs a 6+8-pin PCIe power connection and it is recommended to use at least a 50+0w power supply.

The entire card’s dimensions are 255 x 157 x 57 mm and weighs around 622 g.

Technical Specifications

Official product page

Testing Rig

Here is the list of hardware we used for benchmarking the GPU:

  • Processor – AMD Ryzen 7 2700x @ 4.2GHz
  • Memory – 2x8GB 3200mhz DDR4 kit
  • Motherboard – Asus ROG Crosshair VI X370
  • Graphics cards:
    • MSI Ventus XS GTX 1660 6GB
    • Zotac GTX 1060 6GB AMP! Edition
    • PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 8GB
    • MSI RX 570 Armor OC 8GB
  • Nvidia Driver – 419.35
  • AMD Driver – Radeon Adrenalin 19.3.2
Monster Hunter: World, 1080p, Highest Preset
Resident Evil 2, 1080p Graphics Priority Preset, DX12
Sniper Elite 4, 1080p Ultra Preset, DX12
Apex: Legends, 1080p, Ultra Preset
Battlefield V, 1080p, Ultra Preset, DX12
Ghost Recon: Wildlands, 1080p, Ultra Preset
Rainbow Six: Siege, 1080p, Ultra Preset
The Division, 1080p, Ultra Preset, DX12
Strange Brigade, 1080p, Ultra Preset, DX12

Conclusion

In this Red Devil RX 580 review, there was a mix in performance results in gaming performance, but the RX 580 showed that it is ahead to the performance of the GTX 1060.

Sure enough, the 8GB video memory is more than enough to bring your high end games to the highest possible presets in 1080p and still maintain a decent frame rate and the RX 580 does not disappoint in this aspect. Esports gamers will find it satisfactory as it was able to push titles like Rainbows Six: Siege and Apex Legends above 100+FPS.

Nonetheless, the PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 is definitely a graphics card to consider if you’re looking for something that is relatively quiet and can handle it’s own temperature without compromise on fan noise and graphics performance.

Pros

  • 8GB GDDR5 VRAM – more headroom for higher quality visuals in 1080p gaming, and even 1440p gaming.
  • Can be pretty quiet and doesn’t get hot right away.
  • Red Devil backplate

Cons

  • Fans are noisy when at 100% so we don’t recommend setting the fan speed too high.
Ira James
Ira James is an enthusiast who has his roots on PC hardware and gaming. His career as a tech journalist began after working in the PR industry for two years. He started GGWPTech to write PC hardware reviews, gaming, cyber security, and enterprise tech news. His works are also syndicated by other media publishers: Tech Sabado, and the Sunday and Business I.T. section of Manila Times.

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