Over the last few months, there's been a massive influx of graphics cards on the market. However, most the newest cards are on the higher end of the pricing spectrum. But what if you’re on a tighter budget or you just don’t require the power of a high-end card? Don’t worry, because AMD has got you covered with the release of their 500 series of GPUs, a refresh of their very popular Polaris based 400 series of cards.
PowerColor Red Devil RX 570 utilizes 4GB of GDDR5 memory with 2048 stream processors, ships with 1320MHz core clock speed, and has 1750MHz memory clock speed which is connected via a 256-bit memory interface. The 6+1 multi-phases board design enhances the power efficiency and stability. In order to achieve better thermal performance the PowerColor Red Devil RX 570 adopts the newest fan technology called Double Blade III which increases airflows and prevents dust deposition on fans. The Double Blade III is made with triple 80mm 2-ball bearing fans.
When it comes to AMD graphics cards, there are several companies out there that do a good job at custom PCBs and coolers. There are few cards as popular as the PowerColor Red Devil line up. With the release of the 500 series, no doubt, there would be a new Red Devil card or two. In fact, we happened to get our hands on the new Red Devil RX 570. However, with the 500 series being a refresh, can the Red Devil RX 570 be all that different than the RX 470 from the last generation? We put the new Red Devil RX 570 through our suite of benchmarks. So, let’s see how it did.
As with most Radeon 500 series cards, this card also supports bridgeless CrossFire for using more than one GPU simultaneously, AMD FreeSync Technology that eliminates image tears and choppiness, and AMD Eyefinity for a panoramic multi-screen gaming experience that supports up to five monitors.
The Red Devil logo lights up when the card is operational, but PowerColor, perhaps sensibly, avoids any RGB lighting. Power is sourced by a single 8-pin connector wedged between the heatsink and shroud, and it's capable of delivering 225W of power, which should be enough even with this RX 570 is overclocked.
A problem facing all board partners is price. AMD wants to mark out the RX 5x0 series as genuine improvements over last year's cards... but that's not the case. The upshot of such an approach is that RX 570 4GB pricing is currently comparable to RX 480 4GB, meaning that you receive less performance for more money.
- 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5
- Boost Clock 1320 MHz
- 1 x DL-DVI-D 1 x HDMI 3 x DisplayPort
- 2048 Stream Processors
- PCI Express 3.0
- Boost clock 1320 MHz
- Memory 1750 MHz (7.0 Gbps)
Along the top edge of the card you’ll find the you’ll see a single 8-pin PCIe power connector configuration to ensure the Polaris GPU gets all the power that it ever should need. With the PCI Express x16 connector and the 8-pin connector this board can consume 225 Watts of power and that should be more than enough for a Radeon RX 570 that is overclocked as high as one can get it. PowerColor recommends a 450 Watt or greater power supply for proper operation.
Along the top left edge of the Red Devil Radeon RX 570 you’ll come across a BIOS DIP switch that allows you to switch between ‘Ultra Overclock’ or ‘Silent Overclock’ mode. The Silent Overclock mode puts the core clock at 1270MHz and Ultra Overclock puts it at 1320MHz. We left the card on ‘Ultra Overclock’ for our testing.
As with many AMD-based graphics cards, the Red Devil Radeon RX 570 also has a small switch on the PCB, near the port section. The box says this lets you choose between "Ultra Overclock" and "Silent Overclock," though we couldn't find any details about clock change differences. Our test results below resulted from the card running in Ultra Overclock mode. But we ran several tests on the Silent setting as well, and never saw more than a 1fps difference between modes. The card wasn't appreciably louder or quieter between those settings, either.
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