12 AORUS Radeon RX 580 XTR 8G

AORUS Radeon RX 580 XTR 8G Graphic Card Review

  1. About the AORUS Radeon RX 580 XTR...
  2. Graphic Card Impressions
  3. How its tested
  4. Futuremark Benchmark
  5. OpenGL Benchmarks
  6. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  7. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  8. Hitman
  9. DOOM
  10. GPU Computation Benchmark
  11. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  12. SuperPosition Benchmark
  13. Power Draw and Fan Noise Levels
  14. GPU Cooling and Manual OC Impressions
  15. Conclusion
  16. Online Purchase Links

What’s with the Radeon RX 500 series??

AMD will be releasing the VEGA series in a couple of months. But for the recent launch, it has four SKUs in its Radeon 500 series. The RX 580 and the 570 has 8GB and 4GB variants, while the RX 560 has the option of 2GB and 4GB. The Radeon RX 550 2GB is there for some reason, but interestingly it was enough to make Nvidia release the GTX 1030.

Specification Comparison

GPUGTX 1060 6GRX 480 8GRX 580 8G
Shader Units128023042304
Base/ Boost (MHz)1506 / 17091120 / 12661257 /1304
Memory Size & Type6GB GDDR58GB GDDR58GB GDDR5
Memory Clock2027 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth192.2 GB/s256 GB/s256 GB/s
Ports3x DP, 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI 2.03x DP, 1x HDMI 2.03x DP, 1x HDMI 2.0
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 6-pin1x 8-PIN

Graphic Card Comparison: RX 480 8G and GTX 1060 6G

The RX 580 should be competing with its RX 480 and the GTX 1060 graphic card. I’ve tested the GTX 1060 and the RX 480:

The RX 580 has a higher TDP which is 185 W compared to RX 480 with 150 W. The GTX 1060 has a TDP rating of 120 w. This might be the end result of higher reference clock speed on the RX 580. Just like the GTX 1050 Ti and the GTX 1050, they will all retail with non-reference version. There won’t be a reference edition sold in retail. Therefore custom designed PCBs on some variants with custom GPU cooling. The AMD Radeon RX 580 uses Polaris 10 architecture based on GCN4 14nm FinFET design.

About the AORUS RX 580 XTR 8G…

The AORUS Radeon RX 580 XTR 8G is a non-reference variant with its 1439 MHz base close clock in its gaming profile. The notable features are the dual 100mm fans and four copper heatpipes with direct contact with the core. Though officially DVI-D is not mentioned in official specs, the manufacturers can implement it. It would make sense for a mid-range performer because people with this budget have a balanced setup, with monitors commonly using HDMI and DVI.

Because of higher clock speed, it needs more power. While the AMD Radeon RX 480 takes enough power from a single 6-pin PCIe adapter, RX 580 needs an 8-pin. A standard GTX 1060 6G is content with a single 6-pin PCIe, commonly and natively provided in 450w-to-500w range. 500-watt power supplies do have dual 6+2 PCIe power adapters.

Packaging and Contents

Gigabyte seems to have decided to use the word AORUS, instead of its brand name. It is no different from Kingston showing HyperX as an independent sub-branding for its gaming lineup.

Aorus (previously referred as GIGABYTE) graphic card uses a lot of copper in its heatsink design. While many simply use copper heatbase and heatbase, some variants of AORUS graphic cards have a copper plate for the rear PCB where the core is placed on the inner side. Instead of having a flat base for the GPU core, the copper base is used behind. The theory behind this is that it would help to remove the excess heat. The rest of the features are two 100mm fan design, a redesigned overclocking utility and the usual RGB effects.

The AORUS Radeon RX 580 XTR has a good packaging and has all the covers for its ports. It’s pretty standard to expect all mid-to-high end cards to have these. There is a case badge, an installation disc and a reading manual. Obviously, it makes more sense to download an updated version instead.

Specification

Graphics ProcessingRadeon RX580 XTR
Core ClockOC mode: 1439 MHz
Gaming mode: 1425 MHz
(Reference card: 1340 MHz)
Process Technology14 nm
Memory Clock8000 MHz
Memory Size8 GB
Memory TypeGDDR5
Memory Bus256 bit
Digital max resolution7680 x 4320
Multi-view5
Card sizeH=54.64 L=275.5 W=133.28 mm
PCB FormATX
DirectX12
OpenGL4.5
Recommended PSU500 W
Power Connectors8 pin*1 + 6 pin*1
I/ODual-link DVI-D *1
HDMI *1
Display Port *3
Packaging Content
  • Graphics card quick guide
  • AORUS metal sticker
  • Driver CD

The Aorus Radeon RX 580 XTR has two modes, with gaming mode enabled by default. I always preferred to have a max factory overclocked out-of-the-box card. Irrespective of the chip maker or SKU, what are the chances of a gamer whenever it’s required? The rest of the specifications are pretty standard in line with AMD Radeon’s specs (except the DVI-D).

Profile Spec

There’s only an increase of 14 MHz between the gaming and OC profile.

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