Aorus Radeon RX 570 review: The best graphics card you can buy under $200, barely changed

This Polaris refresh is more of a side-grade than an upgrade, but it's still the best option in its price class.

At a Glance
  • Gigabyte Aorus Radeon RX 570

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Test system/Division benchmarks

We tested the Aorus Radeon RX 570 on PCWorld’s dedicated graphics card benchmark system. Our testbed’s loaded with high-end components to avoid bottlenecks in other parts of the system and show unfettered graphics performance. Key highlights:

  • Intel’s Core i7-5960X with a Corsair Hydro Series H100i closed-loop water cooler ($120 on Amazon).
  • An Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard ($230 on Amazon for an updated version).
  • Corsair’s Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory ($130 on Amazon), and 1,200-watt AX1200i power supply ($310 on Amazon).
  • A 480GB Intel 730 series SSD ($280 on Amazon).
  • Phanteks’ Enthoo Evolv ATX case ($190 on Amazon).
  • Windows 10 Pro ($158 on Amazon).

To test the Radeon RX 570’s mettle, we’re comparing it against its natural competitors: XFX’s overclocked Radeon RX 470 Black Edition True OC and EVGA’s version of Nvidia’s $200 3GB GeForce GTX 1060, which is not overclocked. We’re also including results from Sapphire’s new Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ to show how the Aorus RX 570 card stacks up against its beefier sibling.

AMD’s marketing materials pitted the RX 570 against the older R7 370 and GTX 960, playing up the upgrade angle. We’re not going to bother with that here. Frankly, the existing RX 470 already stomped all over the R7 370 due to its move from the older 28nm manufacturing process to cutting-edge 14nm GPU technology, and it’s not worth revisiting here. The Radeon RX 570 is definitely a worthwhile upgrade from that card. Likewise, the existing RX 470 also crushed Nvidia’s budget-focused $140 GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, so we declined to re-run those tests as well.

Time for the fun stuff.

The Division

Let’s start with The Division, a gorgeous third-person shooter/RPG that mixes elements of Destiny and Gears of War. It uses Ubisoft’s new Snowdrop engine, and we test in DirectX 11 mode, which offers more consistent results.

division Brad Chacos/IDG

With Ultra settings enabled, the Aorus Radeon RX 570 flirts with the hallowed 60 frames-per-second standard at 1080p resolution, while still turning in a respectable 40 fps-plus rate at 1440p. (Though it’s not shown here, turning the graphics down to High nearly doubles the results.) It’s a mere 3.36 percent faster than the overclocked XFX RX 470, which itself is neck-and-neck with the non-overclocked EVGA GTX 1060 3GB. Okay.

The overclocked Sapphire RX 580 Nitro+, in comparison, is roughly 13 percent faster.

Next page: Hitman

At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating
    $179.99 MSRP $179.99
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    on Newegg

    The Gigabyte Aorus is a gorgeous, well-performing graphics card. The Radeon RX 570 is the best sub-$200 gaming option around—but it isn't much of a step up over the RX 470.

    Pros

    • 4GB of RAM
    • Superb 1080p gaming performance
    • Quiet, cool, and overclocked.
    • $10 cheaper than RX 470

    Cons

    • Refresh of existing RX 470
    • Lags behind Nvidia GPUs in power efficiency.
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