The Red Devil cards from PowerColor always come with a fairly robust air cooling solution. By doing so, the cards are usually on the larger end of the scale. The Red Devil RX 580 8GB Golden Sample does not quite fit that mold. At 9.5 inches long, it is smaller than many cards in its class. At five inches tall and just over two inches thick, PowerColor uses the space under the Red Devil RX 580 Golden Sample fan shroud for a massive cooling solution. The front view shows off the pair of 100mm "Mute Fan Technology" equipped dual ball bearing fans operating in the red and black metal shroud. The back of the card has a 1.5mm aluminum stiffening back plate with a new star logo that highlights the six tenents of the Red Devil Series video cards. Fire for the robust VRM circuitry, Dark Soul for the 1.5mm backplate and energy efficiency, MIrage for the immersive graphics, Red Magic for the BIOS Switch to go between wild and mild, and last but not least Wind for the powerful cooling system.
This three slot 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. It also comes with dual-bios and some intersting looks. As always PowerColor releases some dark matter, and this iteration it is once again a Red Devil edition. 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. That results into a GPU that can be clocked and boosted a notch faster.
Display connectivity on the PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 8GB Golden Sample consists of a single DL-DVI-D port, a single HDMI 2.0b port, and a trio of HDR-ready DisplayPort 1.4 ports that support up to four displays. The openings in the I/O panel allows for airflow to come out of the card; the bulk of the thermal load though will be dumped into the chassis. This is not a new problem as we see it on most cards with this cooling design. Modern chassis are well equipped to turn over the case air volume fairly regularly with large 120mm and 140mm fans to manage the airflow. The back end of the card is open to discharge plenty of airflow to keep the card cool.
As for the GPU, it is a true work of art and lives up to the notion that AMD Radeon, in general, prefers the spiky yet approachable look. From the angular and boxy design to the mostly black-shaded chassis that is peppered with red accents, as well as the red-hued LEDs that light up when the PC powers on, all of that is done to showcase how monstrously angry the PowerColor Red Devil GS RX 580 is.
1. Graphics Engine: AMD Radeon RX 580
2. Video RAM: 8GB GDDR5
3. Clockspeed: 1425MHz
4. Memory clockspeed: 2000MHz x4 (8Gbps)
5. Bus standard: PCIe 3.0 with 256-bit
6. Power draw: 600W
As for its power source, even if the AMD Radeon RX 580 is more efficient than its predecessor, the tweaks that PowerColor added has created a higher energy draw. Hence, instead of a single 6-pin cable present at the rear, there is an additional 8-pin jack as well. Theoretically, this should enable users to manually overclock this high-spec GPU pretty far as there is loads of headroom to work with.
Outputs for the PowerColor Red Devil GS RX 580 consist of three (3!!!) DisplayPorts, a HDMI jack, and one DVI slot. Having so many video ports clearly show this next-gen top-line GPU is loaded out for maximum display performance with the AMD Eyefinity multi-monitor feature, surround display support, and virtual reality (VR) processing.
Pulling the shroud and massive cooling solution off the Red Devil RX 580 Golden Sample shows the working components that allow this card to perform at a high level. The PCB is packed with components as parts of the Platinum Power Kit-DrMOS all-digital power circuit. This 6-phase solution is more efficient, runs cooler, and offers better voltage stability for extreme overclocking.
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