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Alright, so I wasn't expecting amazing things out of this card. It's known to be one of the lower-end cards out there and it was only $150 on Black Friday, so I knew what I was getting into and my expectations were appropriately realistic. While decent-looking, the heat shroud is standard plastic, there's no backplate, no RGB or lighting whatsoever, and the heatsink and heat pipes feel a little undersized, but for basic 1080p60 gaming and light video editing, I figured it would be fine until the Navi GPU's were released and I could upgrade to one of them.
After playing with this for a few days, I have to say I'm really surprised at the level of performance I was able to squeeze out of this thing. I'm guessing I got really lucky with the silicon lottery on this one, but I was able to get a stable 11% overclock, all the way up to 1420mhz, with the voltage dropped from 1150mv to 1050mv, and the memory cranked up to the max of 2250mhz. With the undervolt in place, temperatures never exceed 74 degrees, meaning the fans rarely go past 2,400rpm, which means they are barely even audible. These settings proved stable after hours of Heaven Benchmark, MSI Kombuster, and various games such as Destiny 2, Warframe, and Overwatch.
Outside of a difference of a couple hundred stream processors, I basically got RX 580 levels of performance out of a $150 RX 570, along with 2 free games. My gaming FPS backs this up too, as I'm easily hitting 80-100fps at highest or ultra settings on nearly every game I play. Overall I'm pleasantly surprised at the performance of this card. I realize a large part of that is luck, as most other people I've talked to have only managed about a 5% stable overclock, but for my personal experience? It's been great.
I am still a little disappointed at the lack of a backplate and lighting, but I understand why they're not there and at this price range I can't really knock them for the lack of those features. The card is lightweight enough that sag is minimal, meaning the need for a backplate is minimal as well. In terms of lighting? Yeah, a backlit logo or something would have been nice, but again, it's understandable considering the target price and demographic. Since those are mostly cosmetic issues that don't really affect performance, I won't be detracting from my rating because of them.