Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ review: AMD battles for PC gaming's sweet spot, again

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Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity, running on Oxide’s custom Nitrous engine, was an early standard-bearer for DirectX 12, and many months later it’s still the premier game for seeing what next-gen graphics technologies have to offer. We test the game using the High graphics setting, as the wildly strenuous Crazy and Extreme presets aren’t reflective of real-world usage scenarios.

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Surprise! It’s a draw yet again—if you’re on Windows 10. The Radeon card only ties Nvidia’s results if you enable DirectX 12, which isn’t possible if you’re on Windows 7 or 8.1. If you’re on an older operating system, GeForce is the clear winner here.

Next page: Synthetic benchmarks and more

At a Glance
  • The Radeon RX 580 is basically the Radeon RX 480 with a new name, but that still makes it the best mainstream graphics card around. Sapphire's custom Nitro+ design is stellar.

    Pros

    • Great 1080p, good 1440p, and solid VR gameplay
    • Compelling price to performance
    • Sapphire's Nitro+ customizations look and work great

    Cons

    • Lags far behind GTX 1060 in power efficiency
    • Basically a rebrand of the RX 480 with slightly higher clock speeds
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