AMD Radeon RX 580 PowerColor Red Devil Golden Sample

AMD is launching the AMD Radeon RX 500 series today, and we lead with a custom retail Radeon RX 580 GPU based video card from PowerColor. We’ll take the Red Devil RX 580 Golden Sample video card through the paces and see how it compares to the competition at the same price point.

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PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 Golden

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Today we will be using a fully retail customized factory overclocked video card from PowerColor as supplied to us directly by AMD. Yes, AMD sent a $270 video card to showcase its new RX 500 series. The Red Devil series represents the best of the best from PowerColor, with the most robust hardware improvements and customizations and the beefy heatsink and fan combination. The "Golden Sample" is the icing on the cake as it makes this video card have an extremely high factory overclock (we guess but really do not know yet how others will overclock) out-of-the-box and overclocking potential to boot.

This video card will retail for $269, that is a $40 premium over the AMD reference pricing. However, when you look at the clock speed this video card is running at, and the enormous heatsink and fan you will see why.

The PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 Golden will run at a boost of 1425MHz! That’s right, over 1.425GHz. Compared to the Radeon RX 480’s 1266MHz this is a 159MHz GPU clock speed increase. Compared to the Radeon RX 580’s 1340MHz clock speed this is an 85MHz GPU clock speed bump. The memory is the same at 8GB of GDDR5 at 8GHz.

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That’s a very high overclock that PowerColor gives you that is guaranteed to run stable. In fact, that clock speed is higher than any overclock we’ve achieved on a Radeon RX 480. The highest we’ve achieved on a Radeon RX 480 was with the ASUS STRIX RX 480 at 1410MHz. That means the default clock speed of this PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 Golden is already above the highest overclock of a RX 480.

Due to the higher clock speed nature of this video card the recommended PSU is 600W and it does require one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCI Express Connector. The video card measures 9.75" which is only slightly longer than a reference Radeon RX 480 at 9.5". It does have a high 2" height to it however due to the large heatsink and fan unit in place. The video card is also quite heavy for its size, but it does have a backplate.

There are a couple of unique features on this video card as well. There is a BIOS switch atop the video card. The default position will be in the "OC" position. This operates the card at a higher fan profile and the 1425MHz. Alternatively you can switch the card into "Silent" mode which downclocks the GPU to 1411MHz and uses a less aggressive fan profile. There is also a switch atop the video card to turn off the "Red Devil" red LED logo.