I recently tested the new Asus Radeon RX 580 Dual OC graphics card, and its performance was impressive.
The RX 580 is the first Polaris-based graphics card I have used for an extended period of time, and the increase in performance compared to AMD’s previous hardware is significant.
Once you open the pretty box, the graphics card is wrapped in an anti-static bag and includes a disk with drivers and Asus GPU Tweak II software.
The Asus Radeon RX 580 Dual OC doesn’t have a back plate, but this wasn’t a problem as the card mounted vertically inside my ITX case – showing off the cooler.
The graphics card supports HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI outputs, allowing it to power VR headsets and multi-monitor set-ups.
The specifications of the Asus Radeon RX 580 Dual OC 8GB are below.
Asus Radeon RX 580 Dual OC
|Clock Speeds||1,380MHz (OC Mode) / 1,360MHz (Gaming Mode)|
|Power Connectors||1x 8-pin|
|I/O||1x DVI-D, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x DisplayPort|
After installing the AMD drivers and Asus GPU Tweak software, I customised the card’s fan speed profile and played with the clock speed settings.
The card has a decent amount of headroom for simple clock speed adjustment, and I could push the performance quite far without causing drastic changes to noise levels or temperature.
At stock settings, the Radeon RX 580 was surprisingly quiet.
My current graphics card is a Radeon R9 380X 4GB, which is powerful, but not the quietest GPU on the market – especially as my chassis has no soundproofing or insulation.
The difference in noise levels between the two was especially noticeable when playing lighter games.
The Radeon RX 580’s increased performance and quieter fans meant it was barely audible when playing titles such as Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The Radeon R9 380X can run these games at optimal framerates, but works harder and requires more cooling to do so.
This improvement is illustrated in AnandTech’s GPU benchmark data, which shows the RX 580 boasting performance levels up to 50% higher than the Radeon R9 380X in certain titles.
The RX 580 also features lower power consumption than the older-generation graphics card, while keeping temperatures relatively low.
I played several games using the Asus Radeon RX 580 Dual OC, and noticed an immediate improvement in a number of titles.
While my experience with low-intensity, lightweight games like Civilization VI and Kerbal Space Program remained almost unchanged, the increased frames-per-second in competitive games were a welcome addition.
I also noticed a big improvement in demanding titles like the Witcher 3, Dark Souls 3, and Total War: Warhammer. The latter is specially designed to work with AMD cards and runs beautifully on the RX 580.
The increased horsepower of the Radeon RX 580 allowed me to crank up the graphics settings in these titles while eliminating frame drops, a problem which was prevalent when playing Dark Souls 3 using the Radeon R9 380X.
Overall, upgrading to a Radeon RX 580 is a solid choice, even if you’re gaming at a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080.
The architecture and attractive price point of AMD’s new GPUs make them a great choice for casual and hardcore gamers.
The Asus Radeon RX 580 Dual OC 8GB is a powerful card which looks good and sports a quiet dual-fan cooler, while offering enough VRAM to remain future-proof for some time to come.