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Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 Desktop Graphics Card Review

Sebastian Bade (translated by Mark Riege), 09/02/2017

Merely upper mid-range? After AMD revealed the Polaris Architecture by introducing the AMD Radeon RX 480, this has now been improved again. The AMD Radeon RX 580 is based on the Polaris 20 chip and with 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, it offers enough leeway for high resolutions. Or does it? You can find out in our detailed review, how our Sapphire test model fares.

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Due to the mining boom, the search for an AMD Radeon RX 580 turned out to be harder than we thought. But finally we received a test sample from AMD. However, the Sapphire model is based on a PCB that was specially designed with considerably better cooling than the reference model from AMD. Furthermore, Sapphire improves the visuals with lit-up lettering (RGB capable). It is now based on the Polaris 20 chip, which replaces the Polaris 10 of the AMD Radeon RX 480/470. It is also produced in the 14-nm process and combines about 5.7 billion transistors on the 232 mm² die. The clock speed was slightly increased and is now 1,257 MHz, which can automatically be raised to 1,340 MHz via boost. The AMD Radeon RX 580 can be equipped with 4 GB or 8 GB VRAM. In order to be prepared for the future, we would always prefer the 8-GB variant. Our test unit, the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5, is equipped with 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM, which communicates via the 256-Bit storage interface. In connection with the storage speed of 8 GHz, this results in a maximum storage bandwidth of 256 GB/s. From the get-go, the manufacturer slightly overclocks the graphics card, so that the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 possesses a standard clock speed of 1,340 MHz. With the second BIOS, which can be activated with a slider, the graphics card can then even be operated with a speed of 1,411 MHz. 

Visually, our test unit clearly differs from the reference design, which also shows in the dimensions. With a length of about 26 cm (~10.2 in) and a height of about 13.5 cm (~5.3 in), you should check before the purchase whether the case offers enough space for this. Even though the graphics card takes two slots, in order to avoid impeding the cooling unit, we advise against inserting another component into the adjacent PCIe slot.

For external devices, the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5 offers one DL-DVI-D connection, two HDMI 2.0b connections, and two DisplayPort 1.4 connections. Internally, the graphics card requires two power adapters (1 x 6-pin + 1 x 8-pin).

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5
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Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5
Specifications Radeon RX 580 Radeon RX 480 Radeon RX 570 Radeon RX 470 GTX 1060 FE GTX 1070 FE GTX 1080 FE
Chip Polaris P20 Polaris P10 Polaris P20 Polaris P10 GP106 GP104 GP104
Manufactured 14 nm 14 nm 14 nm 14 nm 16 nm 16 nm 16 nm
Shader 2,304 2,304 2,048 2,048 1,280 1,920 2,560
Texture Units 144 144 128 128 80 120 160
GPU Base Clock 1,257 MHz 1,120 MHz 1,168 MHz 926 MHz 1,506 MHz 1,518 MHz 1,607 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1,340 MHz 1,266 MHz 1,244 MHz 1,206 MHz 1,709 MHz 1,708 MHz 1,733 MHz
Memory Bus 256 Bit 256 Bit 256 Bit 256 Bit 256 Bit 256 Bit
Memory Bandwidth 256 GB/s 256 GB/s 224 GB/s 211.2 GB/s 192 GB/s 256 GB/s 320 GB/s
Memory Size 4 GB / 8 GB 8 GB 4 GB / 8 GB 4 GB / 8 GB 6 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Power (Watt) 185 W 150 W 150 W 120 W 120 W 150 W 180 W

Test System

An AMD platform based on the Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5 serves as our test system. The CPU, an AMD RYZEN 7 1800X, provides sufficient CPU performance and is cooled by a Be Quiet Silent Loop (280 mm, ~11 in). However, this was manually overclocked to 4 GHz. The 16 GB of working memory comes from Corsair, and the Acer Predator XB321HK does not limit us even in high resolutions due to the UHD suitability. At this point, we would like to sincerely thank AMD who provided us with the test platform as well as the graphics card.

AMD RYZEN 7 1800X
AMD RYZEN 7 1800X
AMD RYZEN 7 1800X
AMD RYZEN 7 1800X
Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5
Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5
Case Corsair Carbide Air 540 ATX Cube
CPU AMD RYZEN 7 1800X @ 4 GHz
CPU Cooling Be Quiet Silent Loop 280 mm
RAM Corsair Vengeance 16 GB DDR4 3.000 MHz
Mainboard Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming 5
Monitor Acer Predator XB321HK 4K
SSD ADATA SP900 M.2 SSD
HDD 2 TB Western Digital
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit
Driver Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2

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Clock Speeds

Under load, the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 reaches a stable clock speed of 1,340 MHz without any trouble, and the VRAM operates continuously at 8,000 MHz. In order to prevent the graphics card from reaching the temperature target (76 °C, 167 °F), good case ventilation should be obligatory despite the generous cooling. The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 offers one special feature. With a slider, you can select another BIOS that raises the chip's clock speed to 1,411 MHz. This can also be stably maintained.

GPUZ (Standard BIOS)
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Synthetic Benchmarks

In the synthetic benchmarks, the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 is able to place ahead of the AMD Radeon RX 480, sometimes by up to 20%. However, compared to the Nvidia competitor, the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 remains clearly behind the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. Our test sample can only hold up against the slightly slower GeForce GTX 1060 here.

3DMark Ice Storm
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3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
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3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
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3DMark Cloud Gate
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3DMark Sky Diver
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3DMark Fire Strike
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3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
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3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
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3DMark Time Spy
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3DMark 11
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3DMark Vantage
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3DMark 06
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Unigine Valley
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Unigine Heaven
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Fire Strike Extreme Graphics
Desktop PC Ryzen 7 1800X + Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ 8 GB
6145 Points ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
5444 Points ∼89% -11%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
28366 Points ∼100% +107%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
17899 Points ∼63% +31%
Desktop PC Ryzen 7 1800X + Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ 8 GB
13692 Points ∼48%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
12984 Points ∼46% -5%
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
12186 Points ∼43% -11%
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
11869 Points ∼42% -13%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
104764 Points ∼100% +20%
Desktop PC Ryzen 7 1800X + Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ 8 GB
87394 Points ∼83%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
80879 Points ∼77% -7%
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
72213 Points ∼69% -17%
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
66398 Points ∼63% -24%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
38959 Points ∼100% +95%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
23990 Points ∼62% +20%
Desktop PC Ryzen 7 1800X + Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ 8 GB
19961 Points ∼51%
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
17919 Points ∼46% -10%
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
17738 Points ∼46% -11%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
17401 Points ∼45% -13%

Legend

 
Desktop PC Ryzen 7 1800X + Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ 8 GB AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop),
 
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference Intel Core i7-4790K, AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
 
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB Intel Core i7-4790K, AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
 
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB Intel Core i7-6700K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop),
 
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Intel Core i7-4790K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
 
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Intel Core i7-4790K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000

Games Benchmarks

Synthetic Benchmarks are one thing, but it is much more important how the gaming performance of the pixel accelerators is implemented. It shows here, that the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 often delivers more frames than our test card, even though it cannot place clearly ahead of it. The GeForce GTX 1070 remains unreachable (holding second place) and is only surpassed by the GeForce GTX 1080, which is again clearly faster.

However, the subjective gaming performance of the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 can be considered good throughout. The graphics card can display all the current games smoothly in maximum detail. Only in some particular games, such as "Deus Ex Mankind Divided" or "Ghost Recon Wildlands," we would recommend reducing the details to the "high" preset. If anyone wants to purchase this card to play beyond the 1080p resolution, we cannot recommend this purchase, though. We cannot assure a consistent 4K suitability since the performance of the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 is only sufficient to provide stutter-free gaming pleasure in a few games with such a high resolution.

If the current high-end graphics card of the Vega series is too expensive for you, with the AMD Radeon RX 580 you get a solid graphics card with which you can enjoy all the current games in Full HD without any problems.

Far Cry Primal - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
121 (min: 81) fps ∼100% +95%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
90 (min: 72) fps ∼74% +45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
67 fps ∼55% +8%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
62 (min: 49) fps ∼51%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
59 (min: 47) fps ∼49% -5%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
54 (min: 43) fps ∼45% -13%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
215 fps ∼100% +85%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
152 fps ∼71% +31%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
116.1 (min: 14.1) fps ∼54%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
110 (min: 20) fps ∼51% -5%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
161 (min: 148) fps ∼100% +146%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
94 (min: 85) fps ∼58% +44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
66.9 fps ∼42% +2%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
66.5 fps ∼41% +2%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
65.4 (min: 57) fps ∼41%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
57 (min: 49) fps ∼35% -13%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
54.3 (min: 49) fps ∼34% -17%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
98 (min: 83) fps ∼100% +115%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
62 fps ∼63% +36%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
45.6 (min: 37) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
44.4 fps ∼45% -3%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
43.9 (min: 40) fps ∼45% -4%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
40.7 (min: 35) fps ∼42% -11%
Deus Ex Mankind Divided - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:2xMS AF:8x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
73 (min: 57) fps ∼100% +96%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
37.3 (min: 29.6) fps ∼51%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
33.4 (min: 26) fps ∼46% -10%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
28.4 (min: 22) fps ∼39% -24%
Watch Dogs 2 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
93 (min: 71) fps ∼100% +110%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
44.2 (min: 35) fps ∼48%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
40.6 (min: 32) fps ∼44% -8%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
37.4 (min: 29) fps ∼40% -15%
Battlefield 1 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
158 (min: 141) fps ∼100% +79%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
89.4 (min: 76) fps ∼57% +1%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
88.5 (min: 72) fps ∼56% 0%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
88.5 (min: 75) fps ∼56%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
83 (min: 73) fps ∼53% -6%
Resident Evil 7 - 1920x1080 Very High / On AA:FXAA+T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
222 (min: 190) fps ∼100% +68%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
132.4 (min: 104) fps ∼60%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
112 (min: 90) fps ∼50% -15%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
37.6 (min: 25) fps ∼17% -72%
GTA V - 1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
85 fps ∼100% +55%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
73 fps ∼86% +33%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
54.9 fps ∼65%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
45.6 fps ∼54% -17%
Rainbow Six Siege - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
247 (min: 125) fps ∼100% +84%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
176 (min: 115) fps ∼71% +31%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
134.6 (min: 101.7) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
130 fps ∼53% -3%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
127 (min: 86) fps ∼51% -6%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
120 (min: 77) fps ∼49% -11%
The Division - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
130 (min: 75) fps ∼100% +105%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
80 (min: 41) fps ∼62% +26%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
63.3 fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
59.6 fps ∼46% -6%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
57.5 (min: 39) fps ∼44% -9%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
53.3 (min: 32) fps ∼41% -16%
Dishonored 2 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:TX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
99 (min: 70) fps ∼100% +58%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
62.8 (min: 50) fps ∼63%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
60.6 (min: 41) fps ∼61% -4%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
46.4 (min: 32) fps ∼47% -26%
For Honor - 1920x1080 Extreme Preset AA:T AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
173 (min: 115) fps ∼100% +117%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
79.8 (min: 61.5) fps ∼46%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
77 (min: 58) fps ∼45% -4%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
69.8 (min: 53) fps ∼40% -13%
Battlefield 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
200 (min: 196) fps ∼100% +128%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
148 (min: 131) fps ∼74% +69%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
87.6 (min: 76) fps ∼44%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
82 (min: 67) fps ∼41% -6%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
77 (min: 62) fps ∼39% -12%
Sims 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
150.3 fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
148 fps ∼98% -2%
Doom - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
200 fps ∼100% +172%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
162 fps ∼81% +120%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
134 (min: 111) fps ∼67% +82%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
99.7 fps ∼50% +35%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
80 (min: 68) fps ∼40% +9%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
80 (min: 68) fps ∼40% +9%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
73.6 (min: 62) fps ∼37%
Overwatch - 1920x1080 Epic (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
263 (min: 210) fps ∼100% +81%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
161 (min: 135) fps ∼61% +11%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
145.7 fps ∼55%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
139 fps ∼53% -5%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
116 fps ∼44% -20%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
94 (min: 77) fps ∼36% -35%
FIFA 17 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
323 fps ∼100% +6%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
305.4 (min: 280) fps ∼95%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
295 fps ∼91% -3%
Farming Simulator 17 - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:4xMS AF:4x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
238 (min: 228) fps ∼100% +164%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
233 (min: 224) fps ∼98% +158%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
90.2 (min: 74) fps ∼38%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
77 (min: 72) fps ∼32% -15%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
72 (min: 66) fps ∼30% -20%
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare - 1920x1080 Ultra / On AA:T2X SM
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
97.6 (min: 84) fps ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
90 fps ∼92% -8%
Ghost Recon Wildlands - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
70.3 (min: 62) fps ∼100% +87%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
37.6 (min: 31.5) fps ∼53%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
35.1 (min: 29) fps ∼50% -7%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
29.7 (min: 23) fps ∼42% -21%
Mass Effect Andromeda - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset (Resolution Scale Mode off) AA:T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
95 (min: 80) fps ∼100% +68%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
56.4 (min: 49) fps ∼59%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
53.8 (min: 47) fps ∼57% -5%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
50 (min: 44) fps ∼53% -11%
Prey - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:2TX SM AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
139 (min: 129) fps ∼100% +20%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
116.1 (min: 91) fps ∼84%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
96 (min: 80) fps ∼69% -17%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
91 (min: 76) fps ∼65% -22%
Rocket League - 1920x1080 High Quality AA:High FX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
214 (min: 144) fps ∼100% +24%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
172.6 (min: 140) fps ∼81%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
156 fps ∼73% -10%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
142 (min: 116) fps ∼66% -18%
Dirt 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
109 (min: 60) fps ∼100% +55%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
70.2 (min: 59) fps ∼64%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 480, 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
64.3 (min: 55) fps ∼59% -8%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K, Intel SSD 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A
59.4 (min: 51) fps ∼54% -15%
Team Fortress 2 - 1920x1080 maximum AA:8x MS AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
171 (min: 146) fps ∼100% +39%
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Radeon RX 580, 1800X
123.1 fps ∼72%
low med. high ultra4K
BioShock Infinite (2013) 265.1212.9202.5116.1fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 197187.718387.647fps
Sims 4 (2014) 183.3168.7161.2150.3fps
GTA V (2015) 148.2143.598.954.956.8fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 215142.879.345.628.1fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 290.6246.7166134.655.4fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 247158.983.965.427.8fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 9786786231fps
The Division (2016) 188.3143.883.363.333.1fps
Doom (2016) 81.680.47573.631.9fps
Overwatch (2016) 300299.9213.4145.768.6fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 105.7101.27237.323fps
FIFA 17 (2016) 332.3327.6306.8305.4154.4fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 173.6155101.888.540.2fps
Farming Simulator 17 (2016) 184.1152.1141.390.289.6fps
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare (2016) 118.6105.9103.497.651.5fps
Dishonored 2 (2016) 94.889.66662.826.6fps
Watch Dogs 2 (2016) 88.47966.144.223.8fps
Resident Evil 7 (2017) 357220.5139132.438.8fps
For Honor (2017) 196.2115.8110.579.833.5fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 107.173.26837.627.5fps
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017) 127.397.966.556.425fps
Prey (2017) 142.2141.1133.4116.138.8fps
Rocket League (2017) 249.9232.2172.672.6fps
Dirt 4 (2017) 250185.6120.170.239.8fps
Team Fortress 2 (2017) 129125.5123.1123.1107.9fps
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (2017) 124.884.870.448.618fps
F1 2017 (2017) 2041841607746fps
Ark Survival Evolved (2017) 1165637.526.19fps

Computing Performance

Overall, the 2,304 Shader units provide for a good computing performance. The processing power of the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 lies at a good 6 TFlops and was again slightly increased compared to the Radeon RX 480. Compared to the GeForce GTX 1060, the Radeon RX 580 can stand up well and achieves third place behind the two faster GeForce graphics cards (GTX 1070 / GTX 1080).

AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Ryzen 7 1800X + Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ 8 GB, 1800X
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 4790K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition, 4790K
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
-17%
-5%
-14%
40%
79%
Room GPUs-only
1757
1440
-18%
1661
-5%
1773
1%
2474
41%
3050
74%
Sala GPUs-only
3612
3020
-16%
3468
-4%
2584
-28%
5012
39%
6600
83%
ComputeMark v2.1
-12%
-5%
-10%
28%
108%
1024x600 Normal, QJuliaRayTrace
2777
2475
-11%
2746
-1%
3322
20%
4761
71%
7938
186%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Scalar
2806
2447
-13%
2539
-10%
2002
-29%
2861
2%
4949
76%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Vector
2407
2172
-10%
2162
-10%
1994
-17%
2706
12%
4391
82%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 2DTexArr
1031
911
-12%
991
-4%
963
-7%
1390
35%
2092
103%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 3DTex
1189
1039
-13%
1220
3%
985
-17%
1402
18%
2275
91%
1024x600 Normal, Score
10210
9044
-11%
9659
-5%
9266
-9%
13121
29%
21646
112%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-15% / -13%
-5% / -5%
-12% / -11%
34% / 31%
94% / 101%

Professional Uses

The AMD Radeon RX 580 comes out on top against the GeForce GTX 1060 in the professional applications as well, while the GeForce GTX 1080 is clearly ahead by more than 81%. The Radeon RX 580 is only partly suitable for these professional applications since the driver optimizations are not optimal for these computations. The graphics cards of the Fire-Pro series by AMD, or the Quadro series by Nvidia achieve considerably better performance. These graphics cards were specially designed for this use, which is why the drivers were also particularly adjusted for this.

AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Ryzen 7 1800X + Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ 8 GB, AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition, Intel Core i7-4790K
NVIDIA Quadro M5000M
MSI WT72-6QM, Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
NVIDIA Quadro M3000M
Schenker W706, Intel Core i7-6700
SPECviewperf 12
-2%
81%
60%
19%
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03)
66.26
52.32
-21%
75.4
14%
101.01
52%
92
39%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02)
20.91
6.11
-71%
10.2
-51%
86.87
315%
52
149%
1900x1060 Showcase (showcase-01)
64.65
67.18
4%
155.2
140%
44.14
-32%
37
-43%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01)
31.2
31.53
1%
59.8
92%
31.35
0%
22
-29%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04)
51.71
111.94
116%
194.5
276%
69.57
35%
61
18%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01)
5.74
6.1
6%
14.8
158%
6.86
20%
4.8
-16%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01)
43.94
40.07
-9%
67.7
54%
81.34
85%
66
50%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04)
92.92
51.3
-45%
109.1
17%
94.45
2%
77
-17%
1900x1060 3ds Max (3dsmax-05)
102.25
128.2
25%

Stress Test and Emissions

Under constant load, the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 can continue to use its full potential. The stress tests we ran (Sky Diver and Time Spy) show this with a result of about 97%. In the one-hour load test with FurMark, the 76 °C (169 °F) temperature is reached after 10 minutes. After that, the temperature levels out at 75 °C (167 °F). The two 95-mm axial fans spin at a conservative 850 rpm on average. With that, the operation of the graphics card is comfortably quiet even under load. The two fans produce a quiet rather than a high-frequency whirring. The clock speed of 1,411 MHz is maintained throughout. However, we can already guess that the overclocking potential might be limited slightly. The speed of the fans is only slowly increased when the temperature exceeds the limit of 76 °C (169 °F). Of course, these settings can also be adjusted manually with various tools. The WattMan tool included in the graphics driver offers many adjustment options and at the same time a good monitoring overview. If we adjust the fan speed to 1,100 rpm, the noise level only increases minimally, but the temperature of the graphics card decreases quickly to 70 °C (158 °F). If we set the fan speed to "Auto" again, both fans spin again at about 850 rpm and the temperature rises again to 75 °C (167 °F).

3DMark Sky Diver (stress test)
3DMark Sky Diver (stress test)
3DMark Time Spy (stress test)
3DMark Time Spy (stress test)

Power Consumption and Overclocking

Power consumption under load
Power consumption under load
Settings: overclocking (manual)
Settings: overclocking (manual)

The overclocking results of the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 cannot be called very good, even though all the necessary settings can be adjusted with the WattMan tool. With the manual settings, the GPU can be overclocked to 1,475 MHz. Unfortunately, a stable operation at this clock speed was not possible with our graphics card. You can limit the maximum frequency possible for the VRAM with the tool. In this way, we could run it at 2,250 MHz without any problem. Since the power target was also increased by 20%, the temperature target also needed to be increased to avoid underclocking.  Of course the speed of the two axial fans was also adjusted to provide the graphics card with enough fresh air. Despite the large fans, the noise level rises considerably, without reaching a level that can be called annoying, though.

We tested the performance with the overclocking settings and were able to achieve an improvement from 19,961 points to 21,575 in the 3DMark 11 test. In the Fire Strike Extreme benchmark, the result could be improved from 6,145 to 6,570 points. However, we cannot speak about a noticeable improvement here. With a better cooling (liquid cooling), we could probably squeeze out another few percentage points of performance. But this will not make the graphics card 4K-capable throughout. 

With a small slider adjustment, the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 offers the option to select a second BIOS, which operates the graphics chip at a clock speed of 1,411 MHz. 

Verdict

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5 - provided by AMD Germany
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 8GD5 - provided by AMD Germany

The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 is a gaming graphics card, which currently costs the owner 390 Euros (~$463, starting at $400 in the US). This graphics card is primarily interesting for gamers who play mainly in Full HD resolution. Even though the 8-GB VRAM are also sufficient for WQHD or UHD, the performance of the graphics card is insufficient to display the current games smoothly without compromises. The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 should be labeled as partly 4K capable, since the graphics card is able to display some games with playable frame rates on the screen.

Anyone who wants to do without Nvidia and for whom features such as FreeSync are in the foreground will be pleased with the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 by all means. The graphics card offers solid gaming performance and is also suitable as an interim solution until the AMD Radeon Vega graphics cards become more affordable.

We like the high-quality build and the discrete highlights in the form of the RGB illumination. The dimensions of Sapphire's graphic card might lead to problems in some cases, since the case must offer a lot of space in terms of both length and width. Moreover, good case ventilation must be the standard. We also like the details, such as the overclocking and the power saving functions in 2D-Windows operation, which is also combined with the "Zero-Fan Mode."

And finally, the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 operates about 10% faster than its predecessor, which was based on the AMD Radeon RX 480. However, the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 is clearly beaten by the fastest graphics cards from Nvidia. The games performance is on the same level as that of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060.

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Sebastian Bade, 2017-09- 2 (Update: 2017-09- 8)