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PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 Golden Sample Overclocking

We take the new PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 Golden Sample and overclock it as much as possible as we did not have time to do this in our original review. Find out our final overclocking results and how high the new AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU is capable of going. Will we break through past 1.5GHz on this GPU?



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In the graph above we are running Mass Effect: Andromeda at 1440p at the playable "High" setting on all video cards. We are seeing about a 7% performance increase over the PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 Golden Sample at its default performance. Naturally each game may behave and scale differently.

This overclock does help bring performance over the EVGA GTX 1060 SSC GAMING. The overclock is more impressive when you compare it to a stock AMD Radeon RX 480. Compared to that the PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 Golden Sample Overclocked is 18% faster, which makes the Radeon RX 580 look more impressive finally.

The Bottom Line

There is no doubt that the new AMD Radeon RX 580 GPUs clock higher than the previous AMD Radeon RX 480. The maturity of the process leads to a tangible clock frequency increase and thus performance improvement. It pushes Polaris just a little bit farther as a better performing GPU, and makes it compete better with similarly priced GeForce GTX 1060 cards.

We have a feeling these are the kinds of clock speeds AMD intended for the Radeon RX 480 all along. It finally got there, though a bit late. We give kudos to AMD for the engineering, and ability to increase clock speeds. That said, we still have qualms with the naming and marketing of the GPU as a "RX 580."

In regard to the PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 Golden Sample this really is a solid video card. It carries a price premium of $270, but if you are looking for a top-end Radeon RX 580 GPU based video card this one should certainly be on your list.

We found the overclocking results to be easy and impressive with this model RX 580. It was a no-fuss overclocking experience, meaning we were able to quickly hone in on the playable frequency. We managed to get the PowerColor Red Devil RX 580 Golden Sample up to 1.5GHz and 8.8GHz memory, giving it that extra boost. We think 1.5GHz is probably going to end up being the sweet spot for highly overclockable Radeon RX 580 GPUs with custom cards like these.