Sapphire Radeon RX 570 Pulse and RX 580 Pulse review: Solid gaming on a tight budget

While Sapphire's flagship Nitro+ series goes for broke, the Pulse lineup focuses on value.

At a Glance
  • Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Pulse

    PCWorld Rating
    $239.99 MSRP $229.99
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  • Sapphire Radeon RX 570 Pulse

    PCWorld Rating
    $189.99 MSRP $179.99
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Synthetics, power, and heat

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

pulse fire strike Brad Chacos/IDG
pulse time spy Brad Chacos/IDG

The difference in scores here is much more than the difference in actual in-game frame rates, which is why you don’t want to test using synthetic benchmarks alone.

Next page: Power and heat

At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating
    $239.99 MSRP $229.99
    View
    on Newegg
  • PCWorld Rating
    $189.99 MSRP $179.99
    View
    on Newegg
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