** Right, if you ran into some spelling errors, my apologies. All cards pretty much arrived late last week and with Good Friday and Easter in-between the launch window, I had very little time available.
Much like the Radeon RX 580 review, this conclusion will sound a little familiar. AMD refreshed the very same Polaris GPU, yet thanks for improved 14nm fabrication nodes (revisions) is a bit more refined in the sense it can clock a notch higher. So basically you are looking at an RX 570 with a higher boost frequency which will perform at the older Radeon RX 480 performance level. There's nothing wrong with that, but the RX 470 already was quite close to that RX 480 of course. The board partners will improve on everything the reference product does half-half. As such this Nitro+ model has a MASSIVE cooler and custom PCB design. The card comes fitted with both a 6-pin and 8-pin power connector, a bit overkill. Expect a 225 USD / € 235,- price-tag for this 4GB version.
The Nitro+ is a bad boy alright, big, hefty and proper looking. I do wish the backplate would have been black much like the front side. That is the only thing a little off. Furthermore there is little to say really, it is a good looking card from A to Z.
The RX 570 is sitting in that RX 480 performance level, sometimes a little higher, sometimes a notch slower. It is lacking the the shader processors the 480 has and needs to deal with that differential over a clock frequency that is the turbo. And that turbo will throttle based on limiters like power consumption hence there are some perf differentials. Basically fast in fill-rate limited games, a little less with GPU stringent ones but overall you are looking at a product that still competes with the GeForce GTX 1060, 970 and Radeon 380 series. Our 4GB model an excellent choice for 1080p gaming.
Value wise the Radeon RX 570 is making sense, a lot of it actually when compared to anything the market currently offers. I think anyone will agree with me on that. Nvidia has been driving the prices upwards, and, being a bit of an underdog, AMD traditionally always tries to offer that little extra value wise. The Radeon RX 570 4GB as tested today in the Nitro+ version will be a 225 USD / € 235,- product with roughly similar prices throughout the EU.
Cooling and Noise levels
The Nitro+ model has a temperature seems to hover at roughly 74 Degrees C under full stress. That's a notch below the reference cooler. Much like the 580, temperatures on this 570 indicate that extra voltage we needed to feed the higher-clocked GPUs. The good thing here is that the Nitro+ does not make any substantial noise. it is a relatively silent card.
The board is rated at roughly 150 Watts TDP, that means when you completely stress it, that's the power consumption. Our measurements showed that the board TDP is even a notch higher, in the 168 Watt region. Keep in mind that this figure is indicative as some games utilize a bit more, other a little less.
Overclocking wise you'll get the card at roughly at 1400~1450 MHz on the GPU. Anything higher seems to be pushing it though. The memory will reach anywhere from 8.0~8.5 Gbps (for the 4 GB model). Overall these are satisfying results. With a default temperature profile the card will remain to be silent and at the very same temperature levels as default.
The Radeon RX 570 series is not something you to need to run to the stores for if you already purchased a Radeon 470/480 last year. In fact even the Radeon R9 390(X) or the R9 290 series can keep up perfectly fine with this product series. That means that the guys and girls in the 280/380 range (or older) that are in need for an upgrade might be the ones looking at this 570/580 rehash. Effectively AMD killed off a lot of potential buyers with this release as I for-see very few people actually upgrading. Sorry, but I am just stating the obvious here. The good news is that the ones on an older graphics card that do need an upgrade, well for them the Radeon RX 570 offers great value at the same price and performance levels of last years Radeon RX 480. Make no mistake, it is a fun and lovely product series that offers a lot of value and gaming performance. But for something really new, we'll need to wait on that big one, VEGA. So yes, recommended but it is more of the same with a tiny clock increase. We do recommend 8GB over the 4GB models btw. The rise and demand for bigger framebuffers has grown at a very fast pace the past year or so. Then again, at 1080p, 4GB is totally fine of course. Recommended, but only if you are in need of a long awaited upgrade.
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