Sapphire RX570 8GB Review

So the RX570 is supposed to be a bridge between the RX550 and the bigger RX580, but does it does this well or is it a card that you should overlook?

Specs

  • 14nm FinFet
  • 232mm die size
  • 2048 stream processors
  • Up to 1325MHz engine boost clock
  • PCI-E express 3.0
  • 256 bit memory interface
  • 224GB/s memory bus
  • 1750MHz memory clock
  • 8GB GDDR5
  • 2048 shaders
  • 1 x 8 pin and 1 x 6 pin power
  • 225W power consumption
  • 500W suggested power supply

See more specs here

Design

I really like the design approach Sapphire has gone for, the colour scheme of silver, black, white and grey really work well together and match my build perfectly. On the bottom you have a custom designed backplate that has the Sapphire Nitro logo as well as a really cool modern design. It might not be to everyones taste but I like it. On the side you have some more Sapphire branding that is backlit. This can be controlled via the Trixx 3.0 software that you have to download separately (Download here). This side is finished in black and looks nice and should fit most builds well. You have two large copper heat pipes that are plated and really suit the overall aesthetic. The top section houses twin Dual-X 95mm fans surrounded by a matte black finish. The top section also has a quite nice silver strip running trough the centre that does a good job breaking up the finish. The top section also has a circular design that I don’t like, but don’t hate it either. The card is also fairly large too coming in at 240mm x 120mm x 42mm and it takes up two slots. So just keep the dimensions in mind and make sure its compatible with your case. All in all, its a good looking card that should fit in a variety of build due to its colour neutral scheme. By that I mean that there is no obvious bold colours to prevent design cohesion.

 

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Cooling

My Phanteks Evolv MATX case has 3 x Corsair HD120 (Exhaust) and 2 x Stock 140mm fans (Intake)

 

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Cooling on this card is quite good. The card utilises a enlarged fin surface which helps increase the surface area to dissipate more heat away from the vital components. The card also uses Sapphires new Dual-X 95mm fans which boast dust reppling technology, a dual bearing design for smoother operation and airfoil shaped fan blades to increase airflow and reduce noise. The card also implements some impressive VRM cooling. It uses a high conductivity thermal heatpad to remove heat away from the VRM. Finally the card uses Zero dB cooling, this is quite common now amongst all the big names and Sapphires implementation is good. It keeps the card quiet unless the fans are needed to provide cooling.

In my Phanteks Enthoo Evolv MATX case I achieve anywhere from 29c to 34c at idle depending on ambient room temp. Keep in mind that these were tested with the fans set to auto. Under gaming load at 1440p I got a max temp of between 58c to 62c depending on how hot my room was. Mostly I saw 58c, but on occasion it did creep up to 62c. But still nothing to be concerned about. Fan speed hit 40% at these temps, so increasing that would help, but I didn’t feel the need to. But if you do feel the need to increase the cooling that is an easy option with Sapphires fan control thats baked into the Trixx suite.

Noise

The card is I have to say really quiet, I can’t hear it above the noise from my Corsair HD120 fans. At idle its silent as the fans don’t spin up until it hits a temp threshold. Under gaming load the fans spun up to around 30 to 40% and again I still couldn’t hear it above my case fans. However if you boot the fan to 100%, then you can hear it, but I never found a case where I needed to do that. Consider me impressed.

Software

The Trixx 3.0 software for this card is pretty good, its one of the nicest looking I’ve seen and it allows you to do a few things. Firstly you can see your GPU temp, your clock speed, memory clock speed, GPU usage, current fan speed and also your GPUs voltage. But with the software you can also control those things too. So you can increase the voltage for overclocking, I wouldn’t advise this unless you know how to overclock correctly. You can also tweak the GPU and Memory clock, change the power limit and adjust your fan speeds. So if you feel the need to increase the cards performance, its easy enough to do.

Finally the software allows you to change the glow on the side of the card. You can have either solid blue, rainbow, colour change to match PCB temp, colour change by fan speed, custom colour or switch the light off. You can also adjust the brightness too. Its very nice.

 

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Performance

My test system

  • Ryzen 7 1700 at stock frequencies
  • Stock spire cooler
  • MSI B350m mortar arctic motherboard
  • 16GB DDR4 Ram at 2400MHz
  • 240GB Sandisk SSD
  • 1TB Seagate Firecuda
  • 1TB WD Green
  • 850W XFX PSU

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The performance is well, better than I’d hoped. Now I do know that Ryzen works better with RAM at higher speeds like 3000MHz or higher, with this you’d likely gain anywhere from 3 to 7/8fps over my results. So factor that into this review as your experience maybe better depending on what system you have. But my experience with my system is well, good. The types of games I play like, Rise of the Tombraider and GTA V, all worked reasonably well even at 1440p. I did have to dial back the settings to medium, to get smoother gameplay, but even at max, it was still good. But games like Shadow of Mordor, Bioshock Infinite, Grid 2 all played extremely well at their highest settings. 1080p gaming is a breeze and it handled that no problems at all. But this card has exceeded my expectations as its not marketed as a 1440p card. So considering it will play at 1440p and quite well too, I am impressed. Yes I did get a few frame drops (at 1440p) and it was a bit laggy at times, but again its marketed more at a higher end 1080p card and for that its great.

Here are my gaming benchmarks results. These are taken at high/ultra settings with the system listed above. All the results are the AVG frame rates I got from the built in benchmarks.

  • Batman Arkham Knight: 1080p – 91 fps
  • 1440p – 69 fps
  • Bioshock infinite: 1080p – 136.0 fps
  • 1440p – 89.5 fps
  • Grid 2: 1080p – 104.3 fps
  • 1440p – 98.4 fps
  • Metro last light redux: 1080p – 108.5 fps
  • 1440p – 64.8 fps
  • Rise of the Tombraider: 1080p – 79.3 fps
  • 1440p – 52.7 fps
  • Shadow of mordor: 1080p – 82.1 fps
  • 1440p – 60.4 fps

Summary

To sum up, its a very nice looking card, its well made, its very quiet, keeps nice and cool and performs better than expected. However, I’m going to offer some advice.

If you want to play 1080p e-sports games then save some money and opt for the RX550 or GTX1050. If you want to play more intense titles at 1080p then again save some money and look at a GTX1050Ti. But if you want to game at 1440p then I’d personally save up and get the 8GB RX580, it’ll play most 1440p titles on high settings at approx 60fps or higher. However if you want a silky smooth 1440p experience at the highest settings then the GTX 1070 is the best affordable option at the minute.

Don’t get me wrong its a good card and I am impressed, I just wish I’d have saved a bit more for the 580 instead. Its solid for what it does, but its a difficult card to recommend for 1440p. 1080p is great, but again so is the cheaper 1050ti.

Score 8.5/10

Purchase one here: www.amazon.co.uk/sapphire-rx570-8gb

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