The AMD Radeon RX580 has been launched to catalyse interest in the lull between the red team's Polaris and Vega GPU architectures. Essentially an overclocked RX 480 card in all but name, AMD and its add-in board (AIB) partners target gamers who play at high-framerate 1080p, or 1440p with the preferred 60Hz refresh rate. At the time of writing, RX 580 GPU stock is in constraint, hampered by generally low volume in the market that has, in recent months, been taken up by cryptocurrency miners with glee.
Such thinking hasn't perturbed the likes of MSI, who continues to build on the good work established by recent cards. It is no surprise to see this model equipped with Twin Frozr VI technology, meaning two 100mm fans attached to a card-wide cooling solution that is built like the proverbial tank.
The card is outwardly identical to the RX 480 model, a revelation that should come as no surprise as MSI seeks to reduce the transition time and cost associated with changing models.
The backplate, too, is built nicely and becomes warm to the touch when under load. The cooling isn't wholly enclosed, though, and MSI has a couple of heatpipes snaking out of the bottom. Another backplate is situated between the GPU and heatsink on the top side and it cools the VRMs and memory by being directly attached to them.
This TwinFrozr VI cooled mainstream graphics card series will allow you to play your games in both the Full HD 1080P range as well as gaming in WQHD (2560x1440) range. And all that at a rather reasonable price of roughly 269 USD. This review is all about Polaris 20, a code-name indicative of the mainstream Radeon RX 580 series, The new GPU is basically the same as the Radeon RX 480, it however is fabbed with a 3rd generation 14nm process which is a little more refined.
A side-on shot shows what is going on, and it is interesting to see that MSI uses a single 8-pin power connector, offering a total of 225W to the card once the PCIe slot is taken into account. A standard RX 580 pulls 185W under load, according to AMD, so this overclocked variant gets close to the maximum provided by the single power plug.
This Radeon RX 580 is armed with 8 GB graphics memory which will be clocked at 8.0 Gbps / 256-bit to give you a little more leash with the higher resolutions and image quality settings. The reference clocked product will run with clock frequencies up-to 1257 MHz on its 2304 shader processors with a 1340 Boost, this model comes clocked in at 1393 MHz at default settings. The card itself is a dual-slot solution, it is composite heat-pipe based, the GPU is cooled by a nickel-plated copper base plate connected to Super Pipes (8mm heat pipes) on this MSI GAMING series graphics card. A SU heat pipe layout increases efficiency by reducing the length of unused heat pipe and a special SU-form design. Zero Frozr technology eliminates fan noise in low-load situations by stopping the fans when they are not needed. Up-to roughly 60 Degrees C, the fans will not spin. The LEDs embedded in this graphics card can be controlled with the MSI Gaming APP and is RGB configurable with a few animations as well. Also, check out that backside where there is a thick sturdy metal back-plate with plenty of venting spaces applied as well. A proper one as well with lots of ventilation gaps.
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