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Best RX 580 Graphics Card – The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – AMD’s Polaris-based RX 580 is simply one of the best mid-range GPUs that you can get. It holds up very well against its main competitor, the GTX 1060, and it continues to be a viable solution for 1080p and even 1440p gaming in 2019.

So, in this article, we’ll be bringing you a selection of some of the best RX 580 models currently available, presenting a short overview of the pros and cons of each one. So, without further ado, let’s get right into it!

Top 5 Best RX 580 Graphics Cards For 2019

ModelVRAMConnectors 
4 GB/8 GB3x DP
1x HDMI
1x DVI-D
4 GB/8 GB2x DisplayPort
2x HDMI
1x DL-DVI-D
8 GB2x DisplayPort
2x HDMI
1x DL-DVI-D
8 GB3x DisplayPort
1x HDMI
1x DL-DVI-D
8 GB2x DisplayPort
2x HDMI
1x DL-DVI-D

XFX GTS XXX Edition RX 580

About the Graphics Card

The first model on this list comes from XFX, an American hardware manufacturer which only manufactures AMD cards, though they also make power supplies and a range of other accessories.

As far as the XFX GTS XXX Edition RX 580 is concerned, behind the cumbersome name is a somewhat basic take on AMD’s Polaris-based GPU, but it is nonetheless quite reliable, and more importantly – affordable.

Specifications

Base clock1257 MHz
Boost clock1386 MHz
VRAM4/8 GB
Connectors3x DisplayPort
1x HDMI
1x DL-DVI-D
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 Our Thoughts

While it may seem unimpressive and even cheap-looking at first glance, what we’re dealing with here is a graphics card with solid performance and overclocking capacity which is currently available at a rather approachable price, making it a great choice if you’re trying to fit an RX 580 into your budget.

So, while it offers good performance and even better value for your money, we’ve already pointed out that the design definitely isn’t stellar. The shroud and fan design, in particular, give off an impression of a cheap and maybe even outdated graphics card, though the metal backplate sure looks good in comparison.

In any case, if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t care about aesthetics in your PC components, this XFX RX 580 would definitely be a good purchase right now. What’s more, an 8 GB version is available as well, so if you’re aiming for QHD gaming, then that one would be a better choice over the 4 GB model.

What We Loved

  • Good performance
  • Available at very low prices at the moment
  • Great value for the money

What We Didn’t Like

  • Cheap-looking shroud and fan design

MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor

About the Graphics Card

Next up, we have a graphics card from a more popular manufacturer, and it’s MSI. The particular model in question is the Armor RX 580, Armor being a lineup which consists mainly of budget graphics cards, which certainly reflects on the design.

Specifications

Base clock1257 MHz
Boost clock1366 MHz
VRAM4/8 GB
Connectors2x DisplayPort
2x HDMI
1x DL-DVI-D
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Our Thoughts

When it comes to this particular model, MSI didn’t seem to place much stock in the card’s outward appearance – it features a simple black and white shroud and a somewhat diminutive heatsink, exposing much of the PCB underneath, and unlike the XFX card, this one doesn’t even have a backplate.

Naturally, the performance that the RX 580 Armor offers is nothing groundbreaking, and much like the previous XFX model, it capitalizes mainly on affordability, though it’s not quite as affordable as the aforementioned card from XFX is at the moment.

As such, while it is a decent budget RX 580, we’d still give precedence to the XFX RX 580 if it’s available.

What We Loved

  • Decent performance
  • Fairly affordable

What We Didn’t Like

  • Dated-looking design
  • No backplate

Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 580

About the Graphics Card

And now, we get to a higher-quality option that comes from Sapphire, another AMD partner known for their high-quality graphics cards. The model in question is the Nitro+ Radeon RX 580, a card that definitely doesn’t disappoint either in the performance or in the aesthetics department.

Specifications

Base clock1257 MHz
Boost clock1411 MHz
VRAM8 GB
Connectors2x DisplayPort
2x HDMI
1x DL-DVI-D
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Our Thoughts

There’s no denying that the Nitro+ RX 580 just looks great – it has a quality plastic shroud with rounded edges that lend it a certain dash of elegance, there is a sleek black and silver backplate, and on top of all that, it even has RGB lighting i.e. the Sapphire logo on the side.

Furthermore, the performance that this card offers is considerable as well, as it can reach clock speeds a bit higher than the previous two models, thus offering a boost in performance in addition to looking much better.

Ultimately, the Nitro+ RX 580 isn’t significantly more expensive than either the XFX or the MSI variants described above, so we deem it to be the best value card on this list. And while there is no such thing as a perfect graphics card, we really don’t have anything to hold against the Nitro+ when comparing it to other RX 580 models.

What We Loved

  • Good performance and overclocking
  • Beautiful shroud and backplate design
  • RGB logo on the side

What We Didn’t Like

  • N/A

PowerColor Red Devil RX 580

About the Graphics Card

Here, we have yet another AMD-only graphics card manufacturer – PowerColor, which isn’t exactly the most popular brand. Their Red Devil RX 580 that we’ll be taking a look at now may seem like some Chinese knockoff at first glance, but it is actually not at all a bad card.

Specifications

Base clock1257 MHz
Boost clock1425 MHz
VRAM8 GB
Connectors3x DisplayPort
1x HDMI
1x DL-DVI-D
Recommended PSU550W

Our Thoughts

We said that the Red Devil may look like a Chinese knockoff, and it’s easy to see why from that gaudy black and red design, the cheesy logo, and the pentagrams on the box and the backplate – but hey, it has a backplate, and it would actually look quite good if it weren’t for the aforementioned details which we feel is just too much. But while this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, there are bound to be gamers out there who would appreciate this aesthetic.

When it comes to the performance, the card fares surprisingly well and can actually go toe to toe with the Nitro+, which is something to take note of. However, it costs a bit more (at least at the moment), so unless you’re really into this particular aesthetic, we’d still give precedence to the Nitro+.

What We Loved

  • Good overclocking performance
  • Sturdy build

What We Didn’t Like

  • Design won’t agree with everyone
  • A bit pricey compared to other models

ASUS RoG Strix Radeon RX 580

About the Graphics Card

And last but most certainly not least, we have an Asus RoG Strix Radeon RX 580. And in true Republic of Gamers fashion, it features some quality cooling, a premium design, and even comes with AuraSync RGB lighting.

Specifications

Base clock1257 MHz
Boost clock1380 MHz
VRAM8 GB
Connectors2x DisplayPort
2x HDMI
1x DL-DVI-D
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Our Thoughts

As already mentioned, this is a premium-quality graphics card, featuring a massive heatsink and triple-fan cooling that allow it to hit some impressive clock speeds, all the while it doesn’t disappoint in the aesthetics department either, seeing as it features AuraSync RGB lighting that can be synced with other Asus products, as well as a sleek metal backplate.

Of course, this also hints at the biggest downside of the Strix RX 580, which is the price. It is a bit more expensive than the other models listed here, though if you’re looking for an RX 580 that you can squeeze for every ounce of performance, then you’ll probably find it to be worth the money.

What We Loved

  • Excellent overclocking potential
  • Premium design with RGB lighting

What We Didn’t Like

  • On the expensive side

Which Is the Best RX 580 For You?

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At the end of the day, when all is said and done, what should you base your choice of graphics card on?

Well, usually, factors like the type of the cooling solution implemented by the OEM would play a big role when selecting a graphics card, but since the current selection consists only of dual-fan and one triple-fan open-air coolers, it isn’t a big factor this time around.

Ultimately, it comes down to the pricing and some personal preferences in regards to performance and aesthetics.

Namely, when choosing between two versions of the same GPU, the main question that you’ll want to ask yourself is whether you’re willing to pay a little bit extra for a little bit of extra performance. If the answer is yes, you’ll want to aim for a card with better cooling that fares better when it comes to overclocking, and if the answer is no, you’ll probably want to go with a more affordable solution instead.

When it comes to the design, it should obviously fit in with the rest of your components, though this isn’t a big deal if you don’t use a translucent case or plan on building an open rig. In any case, more and more cards these days aim for a more neutral black/gray exterior and leave the colors to RGB lighting.

The one additional thing of note in the case of the RX 580 is that it comes both in 4 GB and 8 GB versions, and when it comes to choosing between these two, we’d say that 8 GB is the safer bet, especially if you’re aiming to pair it up with a QHD monitor. But even if you’re satisfied with the regular old FHD, we’d still recommend an 8GB variant if you can afford it, as you’d be getting a more future-proof card.

The Best RX 580 for 2019 – Our Picks

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And finally, if we had to choose our favorites, we would pick the following cards:

The XFX GTS XXX Edition RX 580 as the budget solution since it’s currently available at a very low price point, making it a very appealing choice if you’re trying to fit an RX 580 into your budget.

However, our overall favorite is the Sapphire Nitro+ RX 580, and for a number of good reasons: it looks great, offers great performance, comes at an approachable price, and it comes from a reputable and reliable manufacturer.

As for those who are more performance-minded and willing to invest a little bit extra, then the Asus RoG Strix RX 580 is definitely the best choice, as it has excellent triple-fan cooling that allows it to hit higher clock speeds. It even has better RGB lighting as an added bonus.

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