AMD recently launched a refreshed version of their Polaris lineup known as the RX 500 series. Where the best graphics card among the bunch is known as the AMD RX 580. Though being the best that AMD has to offer. The new AMD RX 580 is still a mid-range graphics card. Which is mainly targeted towards gamers who play at 1080P or 1440P resolutions.
The new refreshed Polaris RX 500 series now comes with a slightly higher frequency, compared to its predecessor. Where the AMD RX 580 now comes with a boost clock of 1340 MHz, coupled with either 4GB or 8GB of VRAM. Though these are the specs of the reference AMD RX 580. Whereas a custom AMD RX 580 from some other manufacture offers far better boost clocks compared to the reference model. Where the most expensive one that you can currently find on the market is the Gigabyte Aorus model. Which comes with a price tag of $350, but does offers a higher frequency at 1439 MHz.
The only real advantage to getting a custom graphics card is its thermals. Because this is where you would see a noticeable difference compared to a reference graphics card. That being said the aesthetics of the card can also be one of the reason for getting a custom graphics card. But unless are interested in going for the above two mentioned features. It does not do justice for the high premium that you must pay over the reference graphics card.
Let’s looks at some gaming benchmarks and see what the real difference is between the current RX 480 and the new RX 580 graphics card. Do note that in the benchmarks both the models of the AMD graphics card are custom variants of the reference models. Where the RX 480 graphics card is from XFX XXX edition lineup. While the RX 580 is from the above mentioned Aorus lineup.
As you can see there is no noticeable difference between the two. When it comes to the FPS that are being pushed in games. But the new RX 580 might makes you achieve a stable 60 FPS game-play in some games. Where the old RX 480 might not be able to. So if you were already planning on getting a RX 480, then it’s better to get the new AMD RX 580 instead.