XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS Black Edition 8GB Review

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Price and Availability

The XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS Black Edition is currently available with a retail price of around $259.99 – $289.99 (depending on the market/retailer); at the time this review was published. This also comes with XFX’s 3-year limited hardware warranty on manufacturing defects of anything on the card. The 3 year components warranty is not bad at all.

Remember prices do change from time to time; specially that cryptocurrency mining with Ethereum is currently gaining popularity. If this continues, I think supply would become very scarce and prices would go skyrocketing again, just like what happened a few years ago with Bitcoin mining.

For the latest pricing and availability of this graphics card, check out the links below.

XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS Black Edition 8GB latest pricing and availability:
For US: available at B&H here, and eBay here
For UK: available at Amazon UK here

XFX RX 580 8GB GTS Black Edition Review: Conclusion

Now that you have seen the benchmark results, some of you might be surprised that its actual gaming performance is no different from the RX 480 8GB graphics card. In fact it’s just a tad faster than the RX 480. Like I said earlier, the new Radeon RX 580 is NOT meant as an upgrade or replacement for last year’s RX 480. It’s basically intended for those who currently owns a much slower or older graphics card and needs an upgrade (right now).

Another thing is that the RX 480 and RX 580 have the same internal parts. AMD just “refreshed” the lineup with a new name. The real upgrade (if you are coming from an RX 480), would be the Radeon Vega graphics cards that is coming very soon. Also, if you are wondering why the RX 580 is slightly faster than the RX 480 on our benchmark results; that is because the RX 480 we used is a reference card, running at 1350MHz. The XFX RX 580 on the other hand comes with a factory overclock speed out of the box, which is 1405MHz making it slightly faster.

Now is the XFX RX 580 a bad graphics card? Absolutely not! Aesthetically speaking it looks uniquely good and feels robust, thanks to its metal backplate. Its cooling solution does a pretty good job at keeping the GPU’s temperature at bay. It’s also dead silent since the fans don’t spin on idle to light load situations. On full load, I still consider this card as silent and almost inaudible, specially when you have a closed system setup. It doesn’t have any LED lighting or fancy RGB though and has a very limited overclocking potential. The 1425MHz OC+ was pretty much the limit (at least for this specific card).

There is an LED variant that XFX is offering, the RX 580 GTR series. It looks different and has some LED lighting on the fans and XFX logo (either in White or Red). I would actually prefer the GTR model over the GTS primarily because of aesthetics, but it’s a little bit more expensive.

In terms of performance, it’s slightly faster than a reference RX 480 and a reference GTX 1060 6GB on synthetic benchmarks. In some games, the GTX 1060 would perform slightly better, specially NVIDIA sponsored titles. However in some games, specially AMD sponsored titles, the RX 580 would outperform the GTX 1060. I would say that these two cards are neck and neck in performance. This would boil down to personal preference or which card is the cheaper among the two at the time you will buy one.

At the end of the day, the XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS Black Edition 8GB graphics card is a good 1080p gaming solution that comes with a reasonable price tag. That’s actually the advantage of the RX 580 over the GTX 1060 since it offers better price/performance. If you like how XFX’s graphics card looks and design, then consider this card on your upgrade list.

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