Recently, AMD updated its range of graphics solutions. In the middle segment, the Radeon RX 480/470 was replaced by the Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570 . We continue to get acquainted with different versions of these novelties. In turn, a special model from PowerColor, which belongs to the product line of Red Devil. Such video cards occupy the upper step in the PowerColor hierarchy, since they offer better cooling with substantial factory overclocking. And even among them there are special versions. PowerColor Red Devil Golden Sample Radeon RX 580 (AXRX 580 8GBD5-3DHG / OC) is such a video card, because it works at an impressive core frequency of 1425 MHz and claims to be one of the fastest versions of the Radeon RX 580.
We will study the features of this “Red Devil”, check the overclocking potential. Compare with another card series Radeon RX 580, as well as with Radeon RX 480 and GeForce GTX 1060.
A video card is supplied in a medium-sized box. Specific name stipulates a special style of packaging design and the card itself. It is not equipped with additional accessories, there is a software disk inside and a brief instruction. There is a coupon with a special code for registration in the PowerColor VIP Club. Participation in this community will provide some bonuses, additional game content and, possibly, free games. But there are no specific gifts for this video card.
Red Devil immediately strikes its size, because it takes three slots. The massive cooling system looks very serious. The manufacturer not only took care of the maximum acceleration, but also ensured the highest quality cooling.
The cooler is covered with a red casing in the frame of a black metal “shell”. The total length of the video card is 25.5 cm.
The reverse side is covered with a metal plate.
Side is the stylized Red Devil logo with backlight. Instead of a single power connector, there are two – for 6 and 8 pins.
The lateral edge of the textolite has two small switches. One allows you to choose one of two BIOS versions with different core frequencies. The second switch is located at the power connectors, it turns off the backlight.
There are five interface connectors on the rear panel: three DisplayPorts, one HDMI and one DVI.
The plate on the back of the board performs a protective function, there is no direct contact to remove heat from the board or elements.
Under the hood is a massive radiator with thick heat pipes.
Contact with the graphic chip is carried out through a copper nickel plated plate. Also, the base is in contact with the memory chips. There is a contact pad for the power components of the power node.
Heat dissipates a massive plate heat sink that penetrates the heat pipes. Two fans of the size 100 mm are mounted on top.
Fans are used Power Logic PLD10015B12H.
The board is on black textolite.
The GPU power supply is located on the left side of the board, closer to the video connectors. Remnants of some varnish are visible on the board and on two GDDR5 chips. This does not affect the performance, but such untidiness looks somewhat unexpected against the background of the high status of this product.
The Polaris processor is powered from six phases under the control of the IR3567B controller.
The graphics chip is devoid of explicit identifiers and signatures. The crystal is surrounded by a large frame.
The total memory in 8 GB is made up of eight chips Samsung K4G80325FB-HC25.
PowerColor Red Devil Golden Sample operates at a core frequency of 1425 MHz, which is at the level of the maximum overclock of the recently tested Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 graphics card. Standard specifications provide Boost-frequency up to 1340 MHz with a base value of 1257 MHz. Effective memory frequency of 8 GHz, there was no factory overclocking.
The initial frequencies correspond to the OC profile. When switching to the second BIOS, you can switch the graphics card to Silent mode. This involves reducing the core frequency to 1411 MHz (which is also a lot) and another algorithm for controlling the fans.
Testing was carried out on an open bench at an indoor temperature of 21-22 ° C. Under these conditions, with the initial settings with a core frequency of 1425 MHz, the graphics card was heated to 63-64 ° C. Such low heating at an extremely high frequency is impressive. The continuous seven-run benchmark Tom Clancy’s The Division with maximum graphics settings in DirectX 12 at full-resolution allowed the fans to reach a maximum speed of 2000 rpm. However, the algorithm of the fans is such that this maximum was reached only for brief moments of time, the main time the fan speed was at 1700-1800 rpm. The noise is moderate.
Earlier we noted the strange behavior of the new Radeon RX 580 in For Honor. On PowerColor had to observe a familiar picture – the heating is small, and the speed is constantly growing. As a result, the temperature drops to 55 ° C, and the fans spin up to 2500 rpm. This is illustrated in the lower right screenshot. Most likely, the problem is software, as the drivers update for new AMD solutions, you can expect the stabilization of noise characteristics.
Switching to Silent mode immediately affects the performance. The frequency is set at 1411 MHz. The temperature in the game mode is slightly increased, but the speed of the fans is seriously reduced. For example, in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the fans worked in the range of 1100-1400 rpm, and with the The Division flight car, even the peak speed is below 1600 rpm. All this is illustrated in the screenshots below.
If the issue of noise is not particularly important for you, feel free to use the OC profile at a frequency of 1425 MHz. If you are a demanding user, and you are worried about acoustic comfort, switch to the second BIOS with Silent settings.
Powerful cooling and high initial frequency inspire hopes for a good acceleration. And PowerColor Red Devil really pleased, but without a serious break from the model Sapphire. The situation resembles the overclocking on the latest GeForce GTX, when the GPU has a certain limit, all the cards can approach it, and the technical improvements of PCB and cooling provide a modest gain of 10-20 MHz. If Sapphire RX 580 with a creaking beat 1430 MHz, then PowerColor Red Devil approached the mark of 1450 MHz. However, it was possible to pass the tests only at 1445 MHz, and also with reservations – there were several failures. But it was painful to assess the maximum potential of Polaris. The memory was able to overclock to an effective 9100 MHz. Some tests were completed at a fan speed of 2000 rpm (below the screenshot from Deus Ex). When the malfunctions began, the fan speed increased dramatically.
Overclocking the core from 1425 MHz to 1445 MHz required an increase in voltage of 24 mV to stabilize the video card. A more serious increase in tension adversely affected overall stability.
The simple Radeon RX 580 in Battlefield 1 is on par with the smaller GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. PowerColor in any frequency configuration is better than the GeForce GTX 1060 with a fast 9 GHz memory. In the overclocking, it is possible to win 2-3% of the performance of a comrade in a series. The backlog from the forced competitor NVIDIA is scanty.
In Mankind Divided at standard frequencies, the Radeon RX 580 is a competitor for the updated GeForce GTX 1060 with fast memory. PowerColor at its frequencies already bypasses the opponent NVIDIA. At frequencies of 1425/8000 MHz there is practically no difference in the results with the overclocked Radeon RX 480.
GeForce GTX 1060 is confidently in the lead in Dishonored 2 , and it does not catch up with any overclocking. PowerColor Red Devil is faster than the usual Radeon RX 580 by 7-8%, the initial level of performance is minimal compared to the Radeon RX 480 in overclocking. After raising the frequencies for all participants, PowerColor’s advantage over Sapphire is more than 2%.
After updating the textures in Fallout 4 there are drawdowns on the minimum fps for AMD solutions. GeForce GTX 1060 is confidently leading, again showing a serious break. PowerColor wins less than 5% for a simple Radeon RX 580, at a frequency of 1425 MHz the results are higher than the Radeon RX 480’s in overclocking. About 3% of the difference between the two forced Radeon RX 580. This is quite remarkable, because the real advantage in the frequencies of Red Devil is very modest.
Radeon RX 580 is slightly better than the younger GeForce GTX 1060 in For Honor , PowerColor Red Devil at the level of the updated rival with 9 GHz memory. Between the two frequency modes the difference is scanty, the acceleration from 1425/8000 MHz to 1445/9100 MHz gives an average frame rate growth of 6%.
High factory frequencies provide leadership PowerColor in Gears of War 4 . Even with a core frequency of 1411 MHz, the video adapter is slightly better than NVIDIA’s competitors. The GeForce GTX 1060 comes first after overclocking, but Red Devil is only 2% behind it.
Video adapters Radeon RX seriously lose the GeForce GTX 1060 in GTA 5 . In the camp of AMD, the best results for PowerColor Red Devil – both in nominal and in overclocking. At frequencies of 1425/8000 MHz, the minimum difference with the Radeon RX 480 at higher frequencies.
After all the optimizations of the game itself and video drivers Hitman in DirectX 12 not only began to work faster, the performance of NVIDIA video adapters improved significantly. But high factory frequencies easily provide leadership PowerColor Red Devil and higher fps even against the backdrop of the updated GeForce GTX 1060 with fast memory. The ratio varies in favor of the latter after overclocking. Radeon RX 580 at frequencies of 1425/8000 MHz is equal to Radeon RX 480 with frequencies of 1365/8700 MHz.
In silent mode, PowerColor is comparable to the new GeForce GTX 1060 (9 GHz memory). The advantage over the regular version of Radeon RX 580 is almost 6%, switching to 1425 MHz provides acceleration less than a percentage, the gain from additional acceleration to 4%.
In both test modes of Witcher 3, the PowerColor video adapter retains the lead, outperforming both versions of the GeForce GTX 1060. The difference between the operating modes for Red Devil is scanty, the maximum separation from the simple version of the Radeon RX 580 is 6-7%. In the overclocking, you can win 2% against Sapphire.
PowerColor at a frequency of the core of 1425 MHz is on par with the updated GeForce GTX 1060, which is equipped with fast memory. Separation from the usual Radeon RX 580 to 6%. Overclocking improves performance by 4%.
Transition to the maximum quality of graphics strengthens the position of the GeForce GTX 1060, now it is in the lead. In the dispersal of PowerColor by 3% is better than the accelerated comrade in the series.
When rendering in DirectX 12, the new Radeon RX 580 shows a slight advantage over the GeForce GTX 1060 in The Division . High factory overclocking leads PowerColor into the leaders with a minimum lag behind the forced Radeon RX 480.
AMD representatives play GeForce GTX 1060 in Watch Dogs 2 . It’s nice to note that PowerColor once again demonstrates the performance level of Radeon RX 480 with maximum frequencies.
At lower resolution, PowerColor leads, in the Extreme mode, the GeForce GTX 1060 with 9 GHz memory has a higher result.
At 1411 MHz, it is already possible to bypass the older version of the GeForce GTX 1060 with a difference of 6% with a simple Radeon RX 580. The same result is for the overclocked Radeon RX 480. PowerColor itself wins about 4% when overclocking.
Let’s compare the total power consumption of a PC with different video cards.
AMD video adapters consume more competitors from NVIDIA. The maximum PowerColor frequencies also result in higher power consumption compared to other Radeon RXs.
PowerColor Red Devil Golden Sample Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5 is an outstanding representative of a new series of video cards AMD based on the GPU Polaris 20. An impressive factory overclock allows you to claim the title of one of the fastest versions of the Radeon RX 580. Most models with factory overclocking are limited to frequencies below 1400 MHz . PowerColor provides performance at the Radeon RX 480 level in the maximum acceleration. And if for an old card this is a serious test, then Red Devil shows such results directly “out of the box”, without any additional manipulation. And all this at low operating temperatures and without serious noise.
Full acoustic comfort provides Silent mode, in which the fans operate at a lower speed. This mode will be optimal for most users, and you will not feel the drop in the core frequency from 1425 to 1411 MHz. Red Devil Golden Sample (AXRX 580 8GBD5-3DHG / OC) initially works almost at the limit of GPU capabilities, so further overclocking is small. You can win a few additional megahertz by the core relative to other Radeon RX 580, and the memory is also well chased. It is noteworthy that in our testing PowerColor showed a performance of 2-3% higher from another video card in this series with a minimum difference in frequencies.
Perhaps, more stringent power restrictions limit the potential of Polaris on simpler cards. We also note that you need to control the stability in overclocking with different applications, somewhere the video card can work more or less stably, and somewhere not anymore. And our result at 1445 MHz was also malfunctioning. Depending on the success of the instance, the overclocking may be slightly different. However, with the PowerColor Red Devil Golden Sample, you still get more than any other version of the Radeon RX 580. An excellent choice for enthusiasts and gamers who prefer AMD graphics cards.