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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Synthetics, VR, power, and heat

We also tested all cards using 3DMark’s highly respected DX11 Fire Strike and Fire Strike Ultra synthetic benchmarks, as well as 3DMark’s Time Spy benchmark, which measures DirectX 12 performance at 2560x1440 resolution.

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The Radeon cards beat out the GeForce card here, even though real-world results show a much closer race. That’s why you shouldn’t benchmark graphics cards using synthetic benchmarks alone.

SteamVR

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Valve’s SteamVR performance test considers all competitors ready for use with the HTC Vive. I’d be nervous about the GTX 1060’s minuscule 3GB buffer for virtual reality, though, despite its ostensibly higher score. These cards should do just fine with the Oculus Rift as well, thanks in part to Oculus’ amazing Asynchronous Spacewarp technology.

Next page: Power and heat

At a Glance
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    $179.99 MSRP $179.99
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    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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