MSI Radeon RX 5?0 Gam­ing X@ ?G

Mid-range king

HWM (Singapore) - - Test - By Koh Wanzi

As a mem­ber of MSI’s ex­pan­sive Gam­ing se­ries of cards, the Radeon RX 580 Gam­ing X+ 8G is a fa­mil­iar sight.

Un­der the hood, there are mi­nor rene­ments in the form of a re­freshed Po­laris ar­chi­tec­ture based on a third-gen­er­a­tion 14nm FinFET process, higher clock speeds, and more e cient power con­sump­tion.

How­ever, over­all power con­sump­tion is still higher than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion be­cause of the more ag­gres­sive clock speeds. This is reected in the TDP gures, where the Radeon RX 580 has a 185 watt TDP ver­sus the 150 watts for the Radeon RX 480. As a re­sult, you’ll ac­tu­ally need two 8-pin con­nec­tors to power the card.

MSI’s Twin Frozr VI cooler keeps the card cool, and it fea­tures a nickel-plated cop­per base plate that con­nects to 8mm-thick heat­pipes to chan­nel heat away from the GPU. The VRMs and GDDR5 mem­ory mod­ules also have ad­di­tional heat sink shield­ing placed di­rectly above them.

The dual Torx 2.0 semi­pas­sive fans will stop spin­ning when the card isn’t work­ing that hard, which trans­lates to a tem­per­a­ture thresh­old of around 60°C. Above that, the fans will start up, but the good news is that they re­main rel­a­tively quiet through­out.

In ad­di­tion, these are dou­ble ball bear­ing fans that should last much longer than their sleeve bear­ing coun­ter­parts.

One point to be wary of is the card’s size. It is fairly large and wide for its per­for­mance class, and at 140mm across, is the same width as the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gam­ing X. It also re­quires a 2.5-slot al­lowance and mea­sures 50mm thick, so you’ll want to dou­ble check if you have enough room, es­pe­cially if you have a par­tic­u­larly small chas­sis.

A metal back plate pro­vides ex­tra struc­tural re­in­force­ment, a wel­come ad­di­tion con­sid­er­ing the size and weight of the card.

Over­all, the Radeon RX 580 only nets you a small jump over the Radeon RX 480, but it is an ex­ceed­ingly ca­pa­ble midrange card that will make a great up­grade if you own some­thing more than two years old. Most of the time, it even edges out the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with faster mem­ory, and is ca­pa­ble of run­ning any game to­day at 1080p.

CON­CLU­SION A very ca­pa­ble mid-range card that will power through any AAA ti­tle at 1080p.

The card’s beefy cooler re­quires a 2.5-slot al­lowance.

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