Time to move on to game benchmarks. Most of these will be at 1080p, though we did run several of the tests at 1440p just out of curiosity.
Before getting into the tests, let’s look at the OC stepping table. We ended up with a stable 1400MHz clock for some initial burn-in, but had to drop to 1390MHz to sustain a stable run through most the games. DOOM was a special case, where we had to drop clocks all the way down to 1350MHz to keep stable. The other games were run at 1390MHz.
Gigabyte RX 570 Overclocking
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RX 580 OC stepping charts are here.
Mass Effect: Andromeda Benchmark - RX 570 Benchmark vs. 470, 580, 1060
Mass Effect: Andromeda currently has the most cards on the chart. The Gigabyte RX 570 Aorus 4GB ($180) card lands at 62FPS AVG, 50FPS 1% LOWS, and 47FPS 0.1% lows. These frametimes are tightly packed and consistent, making for a smooth experience overall – that can be said for nearly all cards with this particular game. That lands the RX 570 at about 780 Ti reference levels, and effectively tied with the RX 470 Sapphire card. The 1050 Ti, for comparison, is blown away in price:performance by the RX 570 and RX 470, assuming a $180 price tag on the Aorus 570. The 1050 Ti runs about 19% slower than the RX 570, while the RX 570 runs about 20% slower than the RX 580 Gaming X ($245), or about 28.6% slower than the GTX 1060 SSC ($250).
Overclocking the RX 570 gets us an improvement of about 4.3% over the stock card.
Considering that we’re off to effectively equal performance to an RX 470 in this particular game, the 570 isn’t impressive given the relative power draw increase of 25-28%. Let’s look at another title where there’s more room to improve.
For Honor Benchmark: RX 570 vs. GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060, RX 580, 470
Looking now at For Honor, the RX 570 Aorus card runs at around 77FPS AVG, placing it roughly 3.5% ahead of the RX 470 4GB card and about 35% ahead of the $140 GTX 1050 Ti – in other words, the 1050 Ti is still oddly positioned, just as it has been since our initial review. We were able to get an actually stable overclock on the Aorus 570 for once with this game, but had to drop our max stable OC by about 10MHz to stop obliterating the frametime variance numbers. Overclocking landed us about 6% ahead of the stock 570, with only a slight performance detriment to 1% low and 0.1% low values after fine-tuning.
The RX 580 Gaming X is the next card on the charts, running 93FPS AVG for an improvement of about 20% over the RX 570, with the GTX 1060 SSC at 94FPS AVG. That’s about a $60-$70 difference for a 20% performance improvement with either the 580 or 1060. For what it’s worth, the overclocked 570 is performing only a few FPS behind the stock RX 480 Gaming X, just under 5% total behind.
Ashes of the Singularity: RX 570 vs. RX 470, 1060
DOOM (Vulkan) Benchmark: RX 570 vs. RX 470, 1060, 580
We’re now referencing AMD’s best-case scenario, using DOOM with the Vulkan API and asynchronous compute support.
The RX 570 Aorus runs DOOM well at 1080p, pushing about 120FPS AVG, marking it ahead of the RX 470 by 5.4% in average framerate in exchange for a power draw increase of around 25%. The 570 is also ahead of the 1050 Ti by about 67%. Overclocking the 570 doesn’t really do much for us, only moving the framerate bar by 2FPS, and equates performance roughly at GTX 1060 SSC levels pre-overclock. The RX 580, for comparison, runs at around 140FPS AVG pre-OC, making it 16.8% faster than the 570 stock card.
DOOM can be run at 1440p just as easily with all these cards.
The RX 570 Aorus runs at around 79FPS pre-OC, ahead of the RX 470 by about 7FPS, or 9%. The RX 570 is close to the 1060 SSC in performance here, and is about 20FPS behind the RX 580 Gaming X.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Benchmark - RX 570
Ghost Recon: Wildlands at 1080p with Very High settings gets a little hard for the RX 570 and 470 to run, but we also ran tests at Medium as part of a new low-end test suite.
The 570 Aorus operates around 51FPS AVG here, with overclocking benefiting our average framerate by about 7.8%. This lands the stock Aorus reasonably ahead of the GTX 1050 Ti, and about 2FPS ahead of the 470 – or 3.4%. Not a great trade for the power increase. The RX 580 Gaming X, meanwhile, is about 13.7% faster than the RX 570 Aorus stock card, with the 1060 SSC about 31% faster than the stock 570 Aorus card.
Looking at our new chart, this one only has a few games on it because we just started building this data for the 570 review. With medium settings at 1080p, the Gigabyte RX 570 now runs over 60FPS – placing about 65FPS AVG pre-OC, or about 68FPS post-OC, resulting in an improvement of 5.6%. The stock 570 outperforms the stock 470 by about 4.4%, and outperforms the 1050 Ti by about 22.1%.
Sniper Elite 4 (Dx12) Benchmark - RX 570
Sniper Elite is our last game for the charts in the video, though you can find 3DMark and Ashes of the Singularity in the article linked below. Just like Ghost Recon, we’ve had to expand our Sniper Elite testing to include 1080p resolutions – we were originally only benching at 4K for the 1080 Ti launch, but have just begun building 1080p results.
The RX 570 runs this particular bench at around 35FPS AVG stock, or about 37FPS with the overclock. That puts it around the same levels of performance as the GTX 1060 SSC pre-OC, which was previously outmatched somewhat handily by the RX 580 Gaming X, operating at around 40FPS AVG.
At 1080p/High, the RX 570 is sustaining around 100FPS AVG, putting it ahead of the RX 470 Platinum by about 9.3% -- the biggest lead of all the games tested.
Conclusion: RX 570 vs. RX 470, GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060, RX 580
The particular RX 570 model we reviewed – that’d be the Gigabyte RX 570 Aorus at $180 – did not necessarily impress versus the RX 470. Gains in FPS were anywhere from ~3% to 9% (in a single scenario), while gains in load power consumption were 25-28% in similar gaming tests. The power tradeoff for a few percentage points of improvement in framerate – if that – just doesn’t feel worth it. That stated, the RX 470 (and therefore RX 570) is still a better buy at the ~$180 price-point than most of the GTX 1050 Ti cards, particularly those in the $165 price bracket.
Our recommendations stack still looks the same as when we reviewed the 400 series: The GTX 1050 makes better sense than an RX 460, the RX 470 (and now 570) makes better sense than the GTX 1050 Ti, and the RX 480 & 1060 are fairly evenly matched, depending on which metrics you care most about. That’s the stack-up that becomes fuzzier between the lines, but the definition between 1050 & 460 is clear, as is the definition between the 1050 Ti and 470/570. We previously tested 3GB 1060 & 4GB 480 cards and, although we haven’t retested lately, the deltas should be the same between them and the modern 570/580 cards.
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