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The PowerColor Red Devil RX 570 4GB arrives vs. the GTX 1060 3GB

Intro

The RX 570 arrived last week at BTR for evaluation as a 4GB Red Devil video card from PowerColor priced at $189.99 and we have been benching it versus the PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 and versus the stock EVGA GTX 1060 3GB video card using 26 games and 4 synthetic benchmarks.Although, the Red Devil RX 570 is a refresh or rebrand of the Red Devil RX 470 with a mild +50MHz overclock to the core and the same 1750MHz memory speeds, the card has drastically altered its form – from a relatively small dual fan card to a much larger triple fan card.

AMD released its Polaris architecture as the RX 480 on June 29, 2016.  We saw that even though it launched on immature drivers and with power issues, it is fairly well-suited for bringing less expensive VR to the masses as AMD claims.  We followed its progress with improved drivers that somewhat addressed the power issues, and we also saw that it was only a fair overclocker versus the GTX 1060.  We also benchmarked the PowerColor RX 470 in a series of reviews versus the GTX 1060 3GB card which culminated in an overclocking showdown that the NVIDIA card easily won.

Now we have a brand new card released today, the RX 570, in the form of the PowerColor Red Devil that we will benchmark at PowerColor Red Devil reference RX 570 speeds against the PowerColor Red Devil reference RX 470 to see how it compares in performance.  And we will also benchmark the only other other competing NVIDIA card in a similar price range – the GTX 1060 3GB – to see where the new RX 570 stands regarding price versus performance.

Both the PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 and RX 570 use a single 8-pin PCIe cable versus the 6-pin power connector in the reference RX 470 and RX 480.  And we saw the original reference RX 480 get into trouble with its 6-pin connector as being insufficient for overclocking. Having 8-pin power connectors, both the Red Devil RX 470 and the RX 570 are designed for superior performance, overclocking, and more stable power.

Let’s take a brief look at the specifications of the PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 versus the PowerColor Red Devil RX 570.

The Red Devil RX 470 4GB vs. the Red Devil RX 570 4GB

First, here are the specifications for the Red Devil RX 470 which launched last year for $199:RD specs

Now here are the specifications for the $189 PowerColor Red Devil RX 570:

As we can see, the only upgrade to the specifications of the PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 to the Red Devil RX 570 is a 50MHz increase to the Boost clock from the RX 470’s 1270MHz to the RX 570’s 1320MHz.

Our Testbed of Competing Cards

Above is pictured our testbed of 3 competing cards, and we shall test 26 games and 4 synthetic benchmarks at 1920×1080 and at 2560×1440.  We have added Unigine’s brand new benchmark, Superposition, and we also now test using FutureMark’s VRMark.  Our testing platform is Windows 10 Home 64-bit, using an Intel Core i7-6700K at 4.00GHz which turbos to 4.6GHz for all cores as set in the ASRock Z7170 motherboard’s BIOS, and 16GB of HyperX DDR4 at 3333MHz.

Here are the three test cards and their pricing:

  • PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 4GB – at Red Devil RX 470 clocks.  The card launched at $199 and can be bought now for $189.99 with a $30 mail-in-rebate
  • PowerColor Red Devil RX 570 4GB$189.99 – at Red Devil RX 570 clocks
  • EVGA GTX 1060 SC 3GB, at GTX 1060 3GB reference clocks, $169.99 with a game bundle

How does the PowerColor Red Devil RX 570 4GB compare with the two other similarly priced cards?

This is the big question: How does the Red Devil RX 570 compare performance-wise with the other two cards in a similar price range?

But first, let’s take a closer look at the new PowerColor Red Devil RX 570.