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

    PCWorld Rating
    $179.99 MSRP $179.99
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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. The performance gains it offers with DX12 over DX11 can be eye-opening, though those gains tend to be more profound on Radeon cards.

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We test the game using the High graphics setting, as the incredibly strenuous Crazy and Extreme presets aren’t reflective of real-world usage scenarios.

The patterns we’ve seen before play out the same here. It’s essentially a dead heat between the RX 470, RX 570, and 3GB EVGA GTX 1060, comparing the GeForce card’s DX11 results to the Radeon’s DX12.

Next page: Synthetic benchmarks

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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