AMD Radeon RX 570 benchmarks: a capable 1080p workhorse

The AMD Radeon RX 570 is a powerful graphics card for anyone building their own mid-range PC gaming rig aimed at 1080p gaming. This scaled-down version of the RX 580 can often deliver similar levels of gaming performance to the three-gigabyte version of the GTX 1060, the most popular graphics card on the market today according to Steam statistics. Surprisingly, the RX 570 is also typically cheaper than the 3GB GTX 1060, making it a smart choice for those willing to go against the majority of Nvidia.

Interestingly, it’s even possible to overclock some RX 570 units to get RX 580 levels of performance for a lower price. However, the RX 570 can still be competitive out of the box, and that’s what we’ll show in this article. To give you a better idea of ​​how this card performs in the real world, we’ll show you how it stacks up in gaming benchmarks against four of the best video cards at this price, including the Radeon RX 580, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and both variants. of the incredibly popular GTX 1060.

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Please note that all Nvidia cards listed here are standard reference models, so factory-overclocked third-party versions will offer slightly higher performance. However, there are no reference models for the RX 570 or RX 580, so we should inform you that we are using factory overclocked cards in our results, specifically the Asus Strix RX 570 and the Sapphire Nitro RX 580. These are among the options fastest available, so other RX 570 and RX 580 cards may offer slightly worse performance if running at slower frequencies. However, the difference should only be around five to seven percent at most.

Our tests include nine games in total, with both classic and modern titles represented. We also have one more test, which lets you see how the RX 570 compares to the newer Vega 56 and Vega 64 cards, so if you’re set on buying AMD, you can get an idea of ​​whether it’s worth spending money on. . AMD’s top-notch graphics hardware.

AMD didn’t make an RX 570 reference model, which means cards on the market are likely to have different core clock specifications. Our review model is the Asus Strix version shown here.

GPU cores Boost the clock TFLOPS Memory memory bandwidth
GTX 1050Ti 768 1392MHz 2.1 4GB 112GB/s
GTX 1060 1152/1280 1708MHz 3.9/4.4 3GB/6GB 192GB/s
RX570 2048 1244MHz 5.1 4GB/8GB 224GB/s
RX580 2304 1340MHz 6.2 4GB/8GB 256GB/s

Each waypoint includes a YouTube video surrounded by a custom waypoint widget when you view this page, as long as you’re not on the mobile version of the site. Start the video to see how each card performs during real-time benchmarking. You can select or deselect cards from the comparison using the controls to the right of the video and use the reset button to ensure that the live telemetry plays at an appropriate scale. Being able to choose between different data points means you won’t have to be distracted by cards or resolutions you’re not considering.

Further down in the video, you’ll find a graph of the results, including the average frame rates plus the all-important worst one percent and worst five percent results. These are useful indicators of how low the frame rate may be in demanding scenes. And here’s a neat trick: Click on the bar graph to switch between frame rate numbers and relative values ​​(based on percentages), which might be a little more meaningful.

If you’d like to read more about how the system works and why it was developed, you can read our intrepid leader’s explanation of how Digital Foundry’s new benchmarking widget works here.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the results!

Assassin’s Creed Unity

First up, we have Assassin’s Creed Unity from the heady days of 2014. This benchmark is set in the bustling streets and surprisingly accessible rooftops of Revolution-era Paris, allowing it to offer a pretty good card challenge. modern at their ultra-high settings with FXAA enabled. The RX 570 does quite well here, averaging over 50 but under 60 frames per second. That’s about five frames per second behind the GTX 1060 3GB card and eight behind the GTX 1070 6GB. Moving up to the RX 580 provides over 60 frames per second on average. Meanwhile, the GTX 1050 Ti is somewhat behind.

AC Unit: Ultra High, FXAA

Ashes of the singularity

The 2016 strategy game Ashes of the Singularity has a handy built-in landmark with more lasers than the average Star Wars battle scene, so that’s our next stop. The RX 570 and its AMD siblings tend to perform better with DirectX 12 games like this, and in fact we can see that the RX 570 is neck and neck with the more expensive GTX 1060 6GB here in both 1080p and 1440p, a impressive figure. result.

Ashes of the Singularity DX12: Extreme, No AA

Battlefield 1

2016’s Battlefield 1 is another game that leans towards AMD with the DX12 renderer in place, and the RX 570 fares well here. It records results that are just one frame behind the GTX 1060 6GB at 1080p, and just two frames behind at 1440p. Given the price difference, that’s a pretty surprising result for the Red Team. The game doesn’t come with an official benchmark built in, but the tank-based level that appears at the beginning of the single-player campaign is a relatively repeatable gameplay sequence that we can try out. It’s worth noting that there are unfortunately some frame spikes in this demo, based on random explosions throughout the level, so it’s best to focus on frame rates for this test.

Battlefield 1: Ultra, TAA

Crisis 3

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over five years since the release of the last Crysis title, 2013’s Crysis 3. This venerable title remains a worthy foe even for modern graphics hardware, particularly at the lower end of the market, and that is reflected in these results. The RX 570 manages almost 70 frames per second, slightly less than the RX 580 and GTX 1060 models. These record better frame rates of between five and ten frames per second, respectively. However, the RX 570 doesn’t drop as low as the GTX 1060 in response to close-range explosions in the second half of the demo.

Crysis 3: very high, SMAA T2X

The division

The Division is another DirectX 12 benchmark, which historically tends to tip the scales towards AMD hardware. The landmark is nice and shows the snowy streets of New York City after an unnatural disaster. As we suspected, the RX 570 records a good result here: an effective tie with the GTX 1060 6GB here at 60 frames per second at 1080p. The AMD card also handily beats the 3GB version of the GTX 1060. Interestingly, there’s only an 11 to 12 percent performance differential here between the RX 570 and its more expensive counterpart.

The DX12 Division: Ultra, TAA

Far Cry Primal

The prehistoric branch of Far Cry Primal splits the graphics technology that debuted in Far Cry 4 and Far Cry 5, making it a good way to test out the series as a whole. Nvidia cards tend to perform better in this DirectX 11 title than AMD’s, and in fact we see the RX 570 falling behind its Team Green competition at 1080p. However, the AMD card seems to find a new gear when switched to 1440p resolution, closing the gap considerably and nearly matching the 3GB model of the GTX 1060. This is likely a result of AMD drivers requiring more gaming power. CPU, which is in relatively shorter supply at 1080p.

Far Cry Primal: Ultra, SMAA

Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ghost Recon Wildlands is perhaps the most challenging game in our test suite when upgraded to ultra settings, so it’s no surprise that the RX 570 doesn’t even manage to hit a “cinematic” 30 frames per second at 1440p. Even at 1080p, the card only manages 33 frames per second, almost identical to the budget GTX 1060 3GB. However, this game is still playable if you adopt the more reasonable medium or high presets, which offer a relatively minor visual sacrifice in exchange for an incredible increase in frame rate.

Ghost Recon Wildlands: Ultra, TAA

The Rise of the Tomb Raider

2016’s Rise of the Tomb Raider features everyone’s favorite action heroine in a three-part landmark: a snowy mountain scene featuring Lara herself, the interior of a tomb with lots of water effects, and a picturesque forest. We’re using a very high preset here, albeit with high textures to prevent cards with small amounts of RAM from becoming choppy issues. The RX 570 offers a good average frame rate of 70fps at 1080p and almost matches the GTX 1060 3GB at 1440p, showing the strength of AMD’s lower-end offerings.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: Very high, SMAA

The Witcher 3

CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3 is our latest flagship title, showing the beggar-filled streets of Novigrad at 1080p and 1440p. The RX 570 again delivers over 60 frames per second at ultra settings, but still sits five percent behind the GTX 1060 3GB at 1080p and about four percent behind at 1440p. Still, this is a more than playable experience at 1080p, and the graphical sacrifices can get you a good level at 1440p as well.

The Witcher 3: Ultra, POST-AA, no hairstyles

Generational comparison

Finally, we’ll look at how the RX 570 and RX 580 compare to their (admittedly more expensive) AMD peers, including the older R9 Fury training both in terms of computing and VRAM utilization. As you can see, the RX 570 is at the bottom of the pile, although it’s worth remembering that the previous generation and next generation cards are all high-end models, and the RX 570 is more of a mid-range piece to despite his relative youth.

Assassin’s Creed Unity: Ultra High, FXAA

This puts an end to our benchmarks! If you want, check out our full review of the RX 570 and RX 580 to see more about these AMD companions.

Now that you’ve seen a card’s benchmarks, why not check out what PC hardware we recommend to our friends and family? Here are DF’s picks for the best overall graphics cards and best gaming monitors on the market.

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