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REVIEW | MSI Radeon RX 570 Armor 8G OC

*This review has been updated on 21/04/2019*

MSI has sent us one of the renditions of the RX 570 for a product review: the MSI RX 570 ARMOR 8G OC. This card has a core clock of 1268MHz, a whopping 8GB GDDR5 memory, 256bit  memory bus and memory clock speeds of 7000MHz.

It features the classic black and white design of MSI’s ARMOR line up of graphics cards which is inspired by armor shielding. We personally are fans of black and white themed PC components and this graphics card’s design will complement such color scheme.

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The AMD Radeon RX 570 is the tweaked version of the RX 470 and still uses the same Polaris architecture of AMD’s high end gaming graphics cards.

It is more “refined and evolved” as AMD defines it and compared to the RX 470, the Radeon RX 570 has a 1,168MHz base and 1,244MHz boost clock, a mild increase from the Radeon RX 470’s 1,206MHz maximum clock. It’s a significant jump in base clocks, and that extra power also increased it’s TDP (thermal design power) from 120W to 150W. The MSI RX 570 ARMOR 8G OC is overclocked a little much higher.

Packaging

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MSI packaged this graphics card in a box with the distinct ARMOR branding in the front and the usual product specifications behind the box.

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The package comes with the graphics card itself, the usual paperwork like the “Thank you” card and user’s manual, a driver CD, a few MSI stickers, and a really cool “Lucky the dragon computer workshop” comic booklet.

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Overview

This MSI RX 570 ARMOR 8G OC is equipped with a huge heatsink with nickel plated copper heat pipes and two MSI TORX fans which provided excellent cooling performance. A notable feature of MSI graphics cards is the ZER0 FROZR feature which eliminates fan noise by literally stopping the fans in low-load situations. When idle, the GPU temperature is around 33°C-35°C. During most of our gaming tests, the graphics card was kept at pretty decent temperatures ranging between 60°C-65°C, with the scorching ambient temperature of 35°C. Unfortunately, the fans are very loud when set to 100%.

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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.

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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)

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A single 8-pin PCIe power connection is required and it is recommended to use at least a 450w power supply.

The entire card’s dimensions are 246 x 130 x 39 mm and weighs around 622 g.

Technical Specifications

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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

There was a mix in performance results between the two graphics cards but in gaming performance, the RX 570 was really close 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 570 does not disappoint in this aspect.

Nonetheless, the MSI Radeon RX 570 ARMOR 8G OC 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.
  • Can be pretty quiet and doesn’t get hot right away.
  • the white and black GPU shroud is unique
  • Good overclocker

Cons

  • Fans are noisy when at 100% so we don’t recommend setting the fan speed too high.
Ira James
Editor-in-chief | Tech Journalist | AMD Ryzen and AOC Gaming influencer | PC Hardware Enthusiast |

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