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AMD Radeon RX 570
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Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Excellent Full HD performance
  • Wide range of designs available
  • Quiet cooler on this model

Cons

  • Blurred lines between RX 580 and GTX 1060 pricing
  • Power hog when overclocked

Key Features

  • Model tested: Sapphire Nitro+
  • 1244MHz standard boost clock, 1340MHz overclock
  • 8GB (tested) or 4GB GDDR5 memory
  • 2 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x DisplayPort 1.4, DVI
  • Cheapest RX 570: £165/$170
  • Manufacturer: AMD
  • Review Price: £214.00

What is the AMD Radeon RX 570?

AMD has refreshed its mid-range graphics card line with the RX 570, a direct replacement for the RX 470. It’s designed for Full HD gaming at High settings, with pricing starting at £165/$170.

In terms of rivalries, it sits neatly between Nvidia’s GTX 1060, which starts at around £190 for a 3GB model, and the GTX 1050 Ti, which starts at around £140/$135. Much like the RX 470 before it, the RX 570 is a decent mid-range choice, although high power consumption and wild price variations means it isn't a no-brainer.

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AMD Radeon RX 570 – Specs and Technology

The RX 570 uses the same Polaris technology used in the RX 470. It’s been tweaked and refined over the past year to produce slightly better performance and greater power efficiency. AMD is targeting those running mid-range graphics cards that are two or more years old. This means that if you already have an RX 470 or 480, you definitely won’t need (or want) to upgrade.

AMD Radeon RX 570

The model on test here is produced by Sapphire. A bog-standard RX 570 comes with a 1244MHz boost clock, while the model here is overclocked to 1340MHz. It's also equipped with 8GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7GHz. 8GB is arguably overkill for a card that will spend most of its life playing games in Full HD; you could save a fair few pounds by opting for a 4GB model instead.

AMD Radeon RX 570

This Sapphire model has an 8+6 power supply configuration, so it can reliably handle that meaty overclock. Make sure you have those ATX power connectors free on your PC’s power supply, though if you’re running an older mid-range card, you probably already have them. There are two DisplayPort 1.4 connectors, two HDMI 2.0s and a DVI connector as well.

AMD Radeon RX 570

Design-wise, Sapphire has pushed the boat out here. The RX 570 has a gigantic cooler design with two fans, a metal backplate, light-up Sapphire logo and attractive fan shroud. Despite being a mid-range piece of kit, it certainly catches the eye.

Barron

April 20, 2017, 2:24 am

Very nice, looks like AMD is on a roll here. After the massive CPU market shakeup, I can't wait till VEGA comes out to see if they can bring value back to the high end GPU market too. But no one can deny that now there is so much value in the mid range graphics card market thanks to AMD!

Phil

April 20, 2017, 10:56 am

I've just upgraded to a 1440P monitor from 1920x1200... (I say upgraded, the poor thing was dying a slow and horrible death and was practically unusable so when I saw an end of line 1440P IPS monitor with £250 off I jumped blindly into the land of financial incompetence but staggering colour reproduction) Now wondering what to do as I'm on an old (but still punchy) GTX 780. I'm no longer in the financial position I was when I built that PC and relative performance at 1080P from mine to the old RX480 is only 125%... do I look at overclocking the GTX 780, just drop the resolution to 1080P until I can afford an upgrade with its while or go for one of these? Any opinions welcome...

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