AMD was quick to refresh its RX 400 series with better RX 500 cards, offering more features and better performance. Today we have with us the RX 570, which ups the RX 470 which made a pretty great choice for 1080p gaming. Let’s see how better the 570 fares.
Like the RX 470 was to the RX 480, the RX 570 comes as a little nerfed version of the RX 580, promising to enhance your gaming experience while still being easy on the budget. It has 32 compute units with 2048 stream processors, along with 32 ROPs. It has a base clock speed of 1168 MHz compared to the 470’s 926MHz, while the boost clock speed is 1244 MHz, compared to the 470’s 1206 MHz.
In addition to better specs, AMD has also added some new features to the 500 series, one of which is Radeon Chill. It helps in reducing the framerate in-game when the player is inactive (waiting for respawn or AFK), bringing it back up as the player becomes active. It also reduces power consumption by capping excessively high framerate, though we can’t really be sure about how it works exactly.
The ASUS Strix RX 570 comes in an all-black design, with two 100mm fans, in a dual-slot form factor. The cooing solution comprises of two nickel-plated copper pipes. There is no backplate on the card which comes as a slight disappointment. The card is powered by an 8-pin connector. It also has one 4 pin fan connector, that ASUS calls FanConnect II. By connecting a system fan to it, you can have it run on the same temperature curve as the GPU fans, thereby increasing its speed as the card heats up.
For display options, the card has four ports, two DVI ports, one DisplayPort 1.2 and one HDMI 2.0b.
For testing the card’s performance, we ran our usual suite of in-game benchmarks for the following titiles:
- Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX 12, Very High)
- GTA V (DX 11, Very High)
- Ashes of the Singularity (DX 12, Crazy)
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (DX 12, Ultra)
For Rise of the Tomb Raider, running the game on the Very High preset, we were able to obtain 48.1 FPS, which is quite impressive. Next we decided to run Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and here we did observe a drop in performance while running the game on the Ultra preset, observing an average framerate of 39.3 FPS.
Running GTA V, the RX 570 performed better, giving an average framerate of 56.4 FPS with most settings on Very High. Finally, checking the in-game benchmarks for Ashes of the Singularity, we obtained an average of 44.6 FPS on DX 12. The GPU performs better than its predecessor in all the tests, making it quite a decent upgrade over the 470.
Though you may not be able to play all the games at the best settings at 60FPS, with a little bit of tweaking you should be able to play most of them without any hassles. As the card doesn’t make a lot of noise, it won’t cause problems to the user. The only issue is the price, which seems to be the case for most graphic cards these days, thanks to the mining craze. Even though the card is a solid performer for 1080p gaming, you’ll have to wait a bit if you’re on a tight budget in order to satisfy your gaming itch.
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