AMD Radeon RX 580 benchmarks: the Red Team’s 1080p contender

The AMD Radeon RX 580 is one of the best graphics cards for PC gaming right now, thanks to its excellent performance in 1080p games and its low price. Compared to the more popular GTX 1060 6GB, it is typically faster and less expensive. However, the GTX 1060 is still the most popular graphics card reported by Steam users, and the RX 580 couldn’t even see it – a real tragedy.

In theory, the RX 580 should be able to hit 60 frames per second in most games at 1080p, making it a good choice for getting console-quality graphics, or better yet, at double the frame rate. To see how well theory measures up to reality, we’ll show you gaming benchmark results for ten different games, pitting the RX 580 against its closest mid-range competitors: the new (and more powerful) RX 590 and the best-selling GTX. 1060 6GB. We’ll also compare the RX 580 to its AMD Radeon predecessors and descendants, including the Fury X, Vega 56, and Vega 64, toward the end of the article.

It’s worth mentioning that there are no AMD-made reference models available for the RX 580 or RX 590, only partner boards that come with a variety of clock speeds out of the box. To get comparable results, especially with the reference GTX 1060, we have configured our Radeon cards to their reference specifications in AMD’s Wattman software. That means some RX 580 and RX 590 cards may offer better performance than reflected here, in the region of three to seven percent, with equivalent hardware.

Our AMD Radeon RX 580 review model is the Sapphire Nitro edition, pretty much the fastest example of the card out of the box, but we’ve set it to benchmark speeds.

GPU cores Boost the clock TFLOPS Memory memory bandwidth
RX580 2304 1340MHz 6.2 4GB/8GB 256GB/s
RX590 2304 1545MHz 7.1 8GB 256GB/s
GTX 1060 1152/1280 1708MHz 3.9/4.4 3GB/6GB 192GB/s

For each waypoint, you’ll see a YouTube video within a custom waypoint system, unless you’re viewing this page on a mobile device. Start the video by pressing the play button and you will see how each card handles the scene in real time. You can use the controls on the right to add or remove graphics cards from the comparison, as well as see how different cards perform at different resolutions.

Below the live graph, you can see the average results of the entire run, including the average frame rate and the (often useful) worst one percent and worst five percent figures. You can also click on the bar graph to toggle between absolute and relative frame rate values.

You can learn more about how these benchmarks work and why we developed the system this way in our guide to Digital Foundry’s new benchmark system.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get straight to the results!

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed’s most recent release, Odyssey, offers a demanding benchmark in its ultra-high preset. The RX 580 manages to practically rumble with a result of 36 fps, while the RX 590 and GTX 1060 provide successively higher frame rates. Realistically, high or medium presets would offer a significantly better gaming experience, especially if you’re tempted to run the game at 1440p or ultrawide resolutions.

AC Odyssey: Ultra High

Assassin’s Creed Unity

Assassin’s Creed Unity remains a mainstay of our benchmarks five years after the game’s debut, thanks to the challenge it still presents to modern GPUs, and particularly those of the Red Team. The RX 580 fails to surpass 60fps even at 1080p, with the RX 590’s additional power and Nvidia’s architectural differences in the GTX 1060 allowing the other cards to achieve the same feat. The 1440p results show a largely playable game even on the RX 580, as long as you can accept console-quality frame rates or lower some graphics settings.

AC Unit: Ultra High, FXAA

Battlefield 1

While the Assassin’s Creed AnvilNext engine is not kind to AMD hardware, as we saw in the latest benchmarks, the Frostbite engine that powers the Battlefield titles is a different story. The 2016 release, Battlefield 1, shows this best, with the RX 580 emerging with a narrow four percent lead over the GTX 1060. Tellingly, the GTX 1060 manages higher frame rates in stable sections of the gaming section in no man’s land that we used to try. cards, but drops much more in response to nearby explosions and other challenging scenes. That gives AMD users a substantially more stable experience, which we think is more important than the slim lead the RX 580 shows in average frame rates.

Battlefield 1: Ultra, TAA

Crisis 3

Crysis remains synonymous with PC gaming performance, so including 2013’s Crysis 3 in our benchmark suite is a no-brainer. The rail shooting section we’ve evaluated shows very similar performance between the GTX 1060 and RX 580 at 1080p, although the Nvidia card gains a small advantage at higher resolutions. Once again, the GeForce hardware shows greater variation in frame time, higher highs and lower lows, while the Radeon card remains relatively stable. The RX 590 remains the performance champion of the three, with an eight to ten percent advantage over its little brother, regardless of resolution.

Crysis 3: very high, SMAA T2X

Very far away 5

Far Cry’s most recent release, Far Cry 5, is surprisingly easy on conventional graphics cards at 1080p. All three cards in our comparison achieve healthy frame rates between 70 and 82 frames per second, with the GTX 1060 at the back, the RX 580 slightly ahead, and the RX 590 with the most dominant lead. That suggests that adopting a midrange preset could allow you to take advantage of a high refresh rate 1080p144Hz monitor, which is exciting for a game released in 2018. 1440p also performs quite well, with the RX 580 doing eight percent better than the GTX 1060. The game is even missing a few tweaks to hit 4K/30fps on the RX 580, although I’d be tempted to run the game at 1440p even on a higher resolution monitor.

Far Cry 5: Ultra, TAA

Ghost Recon Wildlands

Another recent release from Ubisoft, Ghost Recon Wildlands is the most demanding benchmark in our suite thanks to its brutal ultra-graphical preset. We recommend using very high or high for actual play, but ultra allows us to see how these midrange cards perform when pushed to their absolute limits. The RX 580 is the slowest of the three cards at 1080p, scoring just 38fps, but it’s on par with the GTX 1060 at 1440p (30fps) and 4K (18fps).

Ghost Recon Wildlands: Ultra, TAA

The Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider is the middle child of the series, with a three-part reference point that isn’t necessarily representative of the actual game; It’s actually easier to run than the full game. However, it’s still a good way to see how these three cards handle the 2016 Foundation Engine and provides additional context for the Shadow of the Tomb Raider results we’ll look at later. On Rise, the RX 580 and GTX 1060 are almost identical at 1080p, with scores around 82 fps, while the RX 590 remains around 10 percent ahead. The benchmark can also be played at 1440p, although as we mentioned, the full game may require some adjustments to settings to achieve the same average frame rate.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: Very high, SMAA

The shadow of the Tomb Raider

The 2018 title, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, is a better simulation of the real game, but it also offers a more stringent test for our top three GPUs. The GTX 1060 shows the most interesting results here, sinking hard even at 1080p for an average frame rate of just 56fps. The RX 580 and RX 590 avoid this fate and offer much smoother frame times, with average frame rates of 62 fps and 68 fps, respectively. 1440p is also playable on all three cards, with frame rate averages of 40fps achievable without any settings adjustments.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider DX12: Higher, TAA

The Witcher 3

Modern classic The Witcher 3 isn’t likely to be replaced in our reference suite until the release of Cyberpunk 2077 in just 58 years, so let’s take a look at the results while we convince Roach to take us on a tour of the streets from the city of Novigrad. . The game plays best on AMD hardware (as long as Nvidia Hairworks is disabled), with the GTX 1060’s respectable 66fps result at 1080p bested by the RX 580’s 74fps and the RX 590’s 82fps. That’s it one of the biggest differentials we have seen and is also maintained in the 1440p and 4K results.

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

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

One of the latest additions to our benchmarks is Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. In this New Orleans gaming level test, the RX 580 is capable of 95 frames per second; enough to make meaningful use of a high refresh rate monitor. That’s a mighty 15 percent ahead of the GTX 1060, which struggles in Vulkan titles, but still a solid nine percent behind the more powerful RX 590. The game is also still very playable at 1440p on AMD hardware , with both cards above average 60 fps.

Wolfenstein 2 Vulkan: Uber, TSSAA 8x

Generational comparison

Finally, we’ll see how the RX 580 compares to its AMD peers in the Assassin’s Creed Unity benchmark. The RX590 remains behind the R9 Fury X and AMD’s Vega cards, including the Radeon 7, but still offers a significant lead over the RX 570.

Assassin’s Creed Unity: Ultra High, FXAA

This brings to an end our AMD Radeon RX 580 comparison review! If you want, check out our full review of the RX 570 and RX 580 for more information.

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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