( 4.8 Average / 6 Ratings )
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I missed an opportunity on a GTX 980ti for a similar price, but it worked out that this is an all AMD build now which I'm still quite happy with. I wanted to experiment with GPU overclocking and really heard good things about the XFX cards.
My choice of the RX 580 had a couple of reasons baked in.
The first was price. Like RAM, the price of GPUs is currently insane thanks to cryptocurrency mining (although recently the prices are starting to subside and things are getting more affordable). Under no circumstances did I want to spend more that $350 for a GPU, and so I wanted to get the best I could for that price. For the longest time I was set on the Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB, since that seemed like the sweetspot between performance and my budget. The reason I ended up going with the Radeon RX 580 instead was because I decided that the RX 580 was essentially identical to the GTX 1060 in terms of performance, but many RX 580 GPUs, such as this XFX Black Core Edition, actually have 8GB of DDR5 RAM instead of 6 on the 1060, and also Radeon graphics cards can use FreeSync technology on monitors, rather than Nvidia's G-Sync. This is important because, although these two technologies do the same thing (improve framerate consistency and reduce frame drops), monitors with FreeSync are generally way cheaper than those with G-Sync. So, in order to get an equivalent-performance GPU to the GTX 1060 that could also take advantage of a cheaper FreeSync monitor, I chose the RX 580.
So far this thing has destroyed any game I have thrown at it. Gears of War 4 looks stunning. Old RTS games like Command & Conquer predictably run perfectly. I intend on using this to edit video with DaVinci Resolve, so I'm looking forward to that.
Runs beautifully, It's a great card, I got mine used for $220, but good luck finding one new for under $270
This card can so far handle anything I throw at it, whether it be CSGO, Rising Storm Vietnam 2, or even the demanding Civil War game War of Rights. I love the fact that XFX has a backplate on this card, adding to how much I love it.
I'm not going to lie, I'd give this a 4.5/5 if only this card doesn't run that hot as I got anxious of its 70c temps. But otherwise, it's a great card for my system and I don't have to upgrade my systems in like the next 3-5 years! Even better is that it pairs well with my HP Omen 25 Freesync capabilities!