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In this article, we’re going to walk you through our top five picks for an AMD RX 580 GPU. If you’re still buying an RX 580 graphics card in 2019, chances are you’re doing so to take part in AMD’s excellent Raise The Game promotional offering, or just want a cheaper alternative to the GTX 1660. Regardless of your reasoning, we’ve gathered up the best options for the AMD RX 580 here, and we hope you find one that is right for you!
If you have any questions about the RX 580, our RX 580 reviews, or just aren’t sure which card to pick, scroll down to the bottom of the article. We have a detailed buying guide there that should answer your questions. If you still have questions after that, you can also leave a comment, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
Buying The Best RX 580 Card
If you don’t know much about buying a graphics card and aren’t sure which RX 580 to buy, don’t worry: we have you covered. Below, we’ll explain the performance you can expect with any of the graphics cards we have listed above.
How Does The RX 580 perform in games?
In general, you can expect the RX 580 to perform at anywhere from 60-100 FPS in modern games at 1080p and high/max settings. This lowers to 40-60 FPS in 1440p at the same settings in more intensive modern games, but even titles like Devil May Cry 5 can be maxed out at 60 FPS and 1440p with this graphics card if you’re using the 8GB version.
The RX 590 is pretty much the same story, seeing boosts of 10-15 FPS over the RX 580 in most scenarios. This is because the 590 is actually just a highly-overclocked refresh of the RX 580, not necessarily a tier up or a generational leap. For that reason, we’ve decided to include an RX 590 in our selection above.
4GB or 8GB VRAM?
As you may guess, more is better.
But to be specific, the main difference between the 4GB and 8GB models of the RX 580 will be how well they handle higher resolutions, like 1440p. The 4GB RX 580 should perform just about the same as an 8GB 580 in most 1080p games, but when playing in 1440p, you’ll need all that extra VRAM.
To better future-proof your card, it’s best to pay a little extra for the 8GB RX 580 or RX 590. If you only plan on using this card for about a year, or if you’re sure that 1080p is okay, then 4GB will be fine.
What about AMD’s Raise The Game promotion?
AMD’s Raise The Game promotion offers up to three free games alongside supported graphics cards. These three games are:
- Devil May Cry 5
- Resident Evil 2 Remake
- The Division 2
In terms of game bundles, this is actually fairly strong. All three of these games have been well-received critically, are basically brand new, and have amazing visuals and performance on PC. In the case of RE2Make and DMC5, RX 580 users can expect to max out these games at 1440p and 60 FPS… as long as they have the 8GB version, of course.
With a supported RX 580, you get to choose two out of the three games above. With an RX 590, you get all three.
If you planned to buy these games anyway, the RX 580 has a very compelling value here- you’re essentially getting the GPU for anywhere from $60 to $180 off!
This promotion won’t last forever, though: it ends on April 6th, 2019.
What is the RX 580 MSRP, and how much should I be spending?
The RX 580’s MSRP is $220, and the RX 590’s MSRP is $280. Both cards have plummeted in price significantly, though: the RX 580 is now frequently found below $200, even with full 8GB VRAM, and the RX 590 can be found for under $250. At these prices and with the Raise The Game Promotion, both cards serve as an excellent buy.
Do factory OCs matter?
Outside of the RX 590… not really. Factory overclocks are usually fairly conservative– you aren’t going to see, say, a 20% performance boost or something like that. (At least, unless it’s the RX 590. That’s a roughly ~17% performance boost.)
The factory overclock of a given card generally won’t result in a dramatic change in performance. Your own overclocking may push it a bit farther, but even then don’t expect anything better than a 10% performance boost, all at the cost of louder and hotter operation.
If you don’t plan on doing any overclocking or GPU tweaking of your own, though, picking a card with a higher out-of-box factory OC may be a worthwhile investment.
Do the width and length matter?
Width refers to the number of PCI slots the card takes up in the chassis. Your typical graphics card will be at least a two slot, but some may be a three slot. With the way most motherboards are configured, a graphics card can generally take up two slots without obstructing the next PCI slot down, but 3-slot cards will almost always result in losing at least one extra PCI slot.
Since most people only use their expansion slots for a single GPU, though, this isn’t really a problem.
Length, however, is important for any PC build. We’ve provided length measurements in millimeters alongside each of the recommended GPUs– be sure to check your case manufacturer’s specs to make sure it can fit! You don’t want to buy a GPU that’s too long to fit inside your chassis, and not find out until you attempt to install it.
In Full Tower and Mid Tower ATX cases, this will almost never be a concern. With Micro ATX and Mini ITX PC builds, however… double-check to be sure. Hell, triple-check while you’re at it.