AMD Radeon RX 580 And RX 570 Mainstream GPU Review: High Performance Polaris

AMD Radeon RX 580 & RX 570 - 3DMark And VR Score

3DMark Time Spy is a relatively new DirectX 12 benchmark test from Futuremark. It features a DirectX 12 engine, built from the ground up, to support bleeding-edge features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading. Time Spy is designed to test the DirectX 12 performance of the latest graphics cards using a variety of techniques and varied visual sequences. This benchmark was developed with input from AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and the other members of the Futuremark Benchmark Development Program, to showcase the potential of close-to-the-metal, low-overhead APIs like DirectX 12.

3DMark Time Spy
Direct X 12 Performance
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3DMark Time Spy

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The Radeon RX 580 returns to the pole position in the DX12-based 3DMark Time Spy, outpacing the GeForce GTX 1060 cards by a few percentage points. The Radeon RX 570 drops in just behind the RX 480.

Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike
Synthetic DirectX Gaming
3DMark Fire Strike has multiple benchmark modes: Normal mode runs at 1920x1080, Extreme mode targets 2560x1440, and Ultra mode runs at a 4K resolution. GPU target frame buffer utilization for normal mode is 1GB and the benchmark uses tessellation, ambient occlusion, volume illumination, and a medium-quality depth of field filter. The more taxing Extreme mode targets 1.5GB of frame buffer memory and increases detail levels across the board. Ultra mode is explicitly designed for high-end and CrossFire / SLI systems and cranks up the quality even further. GT 1 focuses on geometry and illumination, with over 100 shadow casting spot lights, 140 non-shadow casting point lights, and 3.9 million vertices calculated for tessellation per frame. And 80 million pixels are processed per frame. GT2 emphasizes particles and GPU simulations.

3DMark Fire Strike

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In the DirectX 11-based Fire Strike benchmark, the Radeon RX 580 slots in between the EVGA and NVIDIA Founder's Edition GeForce GTX 1060 cards and the Radeon RX 470 finishes just behind the RX 480.

VR Score
DirecX12 VR Performance

VR SCore is a new benchmark from Basemark, designed to evaluate a PC's VR readyness.  It has both DirectX 12 and DirectX 11 code paths and measures how well a PC can run VR content, by loading both the CPU and GPU. While the benchmark can work with HMDs, and can actually measure latency when used in conjunction with a special tool available from Basemark, it will also run on standard displays to assess overall performance. We ran the Direct X 12 version of the benchmark here.

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Basemark VR Score

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VR Score confirms what we've seen so far -- the Radeon RX 580 and factory-overclocked GTX 1060 from EVGA finish right on top of each other and the Radeon RX 570, once again, drops in behind the RX 480, but well ahead of the RX 470 and GTX 1050 Ti.

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