Gigabyte RX 570 Aorus Power Draw vs. RX 580, 470, 1060, 480
Power draw is measured at the wall. This isn’t a perfect way to measure power consumption, but since we’re looking at total system power with only the GPU swapped, we’re ultimately studying deltas between components.
With 3DMark FireStrike Extreme workloads, the Gigabyte RX 570 Aorus system draws 260W from the wall, which is about 4.8% more than the RX 480 Gaming X. That’s also about 26% more than the RX 470 Platinum card, and about 28.7% more than the GTX 1060 SSC. The RX 580 Gaming X system, meanwhile, draws about 8% more than the RX 570 system.
Looking at a few games, For Honor posts the RX 570 system at 290W from the wall, which is an increase of 5% over the RX 480 Gaming X. It’s also an increase of 28% over the RX 470 Platinum, and an increase of about 33% over the 1060 SSC. The RX 580, at 310W from the wall, is drawing 6.8% more power than the RX 570.
We see more of the same in Ghost Recon, with the RX 570 at 279W from the wall, or about 7.7% more than the RX 480, 27% over the RX 470, and 32% over the GTX 1060 SSC 6GB.
Finally, idle power draw has the RX 570 at 75W total system power draw, which is an improvement over the 400 series of cards. The RX 470 system runs 79W in the same configuration, resulting in a power draw reduction of 5% in the 500 series over the 400 series when idle. We saw similar with the RX 580. This is expected; AMD has tuned the BIOS power profile and voltages so that the RX 500 series draws less power when idle or when in multi-monitor and movie viewing scenarios, though the 500 series clearly draws quite a bit more than the 400 series when in load scenarios.
Gigabyte RX 570 Aorus Temperature Testing
Thermals go hand-in-hand with power, as the two are directly correlated.
Starting with frequency versus temperature, time, and fan speed, we see that the RX 570 Aorus GPU runs its temperature against a line of around 76C, with an ever-increasing fan RPM that seems to max-out around 2300RPM to keep temperatures to 76C under a torture scenario. Clock fluctuations are largely unnoticeable, with a line that’s nearly flat for the entire duration of the test. Although the fan increases to sustain this clock-rate, the user experience – noise notwithstanding – is better as a result. We don’t experience noticeable clock range swings that could introduce stuttering from frequency changes.
Looking at temperatures of the components, we see that Gigabyte continues its trend of running a little warmer than its competition from MSI and EVGA – but it’s not in a way that impacts performance aside from potential inefficiency in power consumption. We’re looking at temperatures on the VRAM of about 80-84C, with FET temperatures of the relatively densely packed VRM left of the GPU at around 80C.
Adding the MSI RX 580 Gaming X to the charts for perspective, represented by various shades of red, we see MSI’s VRM, VRAM, and GPU components all hover around 68-71C. There are different components at play, of course: The FETs aren’t the same and the cooling design is different, which means we’ve got a few variables. As we’re still not anywhere close to the 125C threshold, performance is fine, it’s just better with the MSI Twin Frozr cooler. This is particularly true for VRAM, where the Gigabyte 570 uses a less impressive cooling solution for the memory flanking the GPU.
Here’s a resurrection of our EQ thermals chart, which shows just the GPU temperature to simplify things. There’s more than a year of data on this chart, as you can see here, so we’re going to crop it in to just the most relevant parts for today.
The Gigabyte RX 570 Aorus lands at around 46.4C delta T over ambient for load, or about 4.3C idle. This is warmer than the MSI RX 580 Gaming X at 41.7C delta T, which is running a more aggressive fan profile in these tests. The Sapphire RX 470 with reference blower cooler runs at around 50.3C delta T, for perspective on one of the worst coolers that exists for RX series cards. The Aorus card certainly isn’t impressive in the thermals department, but it’s also $180.