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Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 580 VisionTek OC 8GB Radeon R9 290X
Cyberpunk 2077 26% 50%
eFootball PES 2020 43% 33%
Doom Eternal 21% 6%
The Division 2 40% 67%
Borderlands 3 3% 15%
Metro: Exodus 40% 67%
Watch Dogs Legion 3% 15%
Grand Theft Auto VI 40% 67%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 29% 54%
Anthem 7% 11%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 580 VisionTek OC 8GB are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon R9 290X.

The RX 580 has a 257 MHz higher core clock speed but 32 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R9 290X. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the RX 580 manages to provide 5 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The RX 580 has a 257 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 290X, but the Radeon R9 290X has 32 more Render Output Units than the RX 580. As a result, the Radeon R9 290X exhibits a 23.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the RX 580. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The RX 580 was released over three years more recently than the Radeon R9 290X, and so the RX 580 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Radeon R9 290X when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The RX 580 has 4096 MB more video memory than the Radeon R9 290X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The Radeon R9 290X has 64 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 580, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R9 290X is much better than the RX 580.

The Radeon RX 580 VisionTek OC 8GB has 2304 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 290X has 2816. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 580 is 3147 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 290X is 2394. The RX 580 having 753 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Radeon R9 290X performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The RX 580 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon R9 290X. This means that the RX 580 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon R9 290X.

The Radeon RX 580 VisionTek OC 8GB requires 150 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 290X requires 290 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the RX 580 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Radeon R9 290X. The Radeon R9 290X requires 140 Watts more than the RX 580 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon R9 290X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 580.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1257 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1366 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Polaris 20 XTXGCN 1.1 Hawaii XT
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date18 Apr 2017vs24 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed2000 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth256GB/secvs320GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs2816
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units144vs176
Texture Rate181 GTexel/svs176 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate40.2 GPixel/svs64 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs290 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD Ryzen R5 1600vsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1440

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
First off we should point out that this is not the new AMD Vega graphics card line. The new AMD Radeon RX 500 series are an uprated version of the RX 400 series that they are replacing. This VisionTek RX 580 OC graphics card is one of the two more powerful models from the new AMD Radeon RX 500 Series.

This RX 580 is the 8GB version and there is also the lower VRAM version, RX580 4GB available.

Architecture
It equips a GPU codenamed Polaris 20 XTX, which has 2304 shader processing units, 144 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The Radeon RX 580 VisionTek OC 8GB central processing unit runs at 1257MHz and goes up to a top 1366MHz when in boost and turbo mode with the reference RX 580 card's boost is 1340MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock operates at 2000MHz.

Power Consumption
The RX 580 8GB has a power TDP requirement of 150W. This means it will require at least a 500W PSU with one dedicated 8-pin connector.

Performance
Early benchmarks indicate that the AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB will be similar in performance to the Nvidia GTX 1060 in terms of gaming performance. This puts the RX 580 8GB about 8% faster than the model it replaced, the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB. Comparing the RX 580 to RX 570 we see 1440p frame rates around 8-15% better with the RX580 version

System Suggestions
The new VisionTek RX 580 OC 8GB released on the 18th April 2017 and is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a high-end processor, like the new Ryzen R5 and at least 8GB of RAM for optimal gaming performance.
Radeon R9 290X is a high-end graphics card and the most powerful single graphics card of the Radeon R-200 Series.
It packs a Hawaii XT Core which offers 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs, on a 512-bit memory interface.
While the central unit runs at 1000MHz, the memory clock operates at 1250MHz.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is slightly better than GeForce GTX Titan and considerably better than GeForce GTX 780. Its release price of $549 makes Radeon R9 290X an extremely competitive graphics card. It was most powerful single-graphics-card available until November 2013.
Please note that this card is known to heat a lot and requires a very powerful PSU.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i7-4771 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-4770R 4-Core 3.2GHz
Intel Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-990X 6-Core 3.47GHz
Intel Core i7-4771 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-4770R 4-Core 3.2GHz
Intel Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-990X 6-Core 3.47GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades--
GPU Variants-Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus ROG Matrix Platinum Edition
Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition

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