Gigabyte Aorus Radeon RX 580 XTR 8G Video Card Review

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Posted by Heath Coop on Monday, April 24, 2017 - 8:00am

Introduction

AMD’s newest generation Polaris architecture is here and Gigabyte has responded by releasing the Aorus RX 580 XTR 8G graphics card. Based on AMD’s latest GCN 4 14nm FinFET architecture, the Aorus RX 580 XTR 8G is the highest performing graphics card in Gigabyte’s RX 580 line-up. It’s designed to deliver VR capability, increased level of performance, smooth VR, seamless support for next-gen gaming monitors, and CPU-free game streaming or recording. Furthermore, the model also supports AMD’s newest technologies such as Direct 12® and Vulkan™, FreeSync™, and Liquid VR.

Aorus RX 580 XTR 8G utilizes 8GB of GDDR5 memory with 2304 stream processors and 36 compute units. It ships with 1439MHz core clock speed, and has 2000MHz memory clock speed which is connected to a high speed 256-bit memory interface. The 6+2 multi-phases board design enhances the power efficiency and stability over the reference design. Dual alternate spinning 100mm fans and four direct touch pure copper composite heat-pipes deliver a heat dissipation capacity of triple fan cooler in a much shorter design.

The Aorus RX 580 XTR 8G has a quite angular design dressed in black with dark silver and orange accents. The unique “X” design between the fans and the Aorus logo on the side feature user adjustable RGB LED with 16.8M customizable color options and numerous lighting effects. An all metal backplate features a copper heatsink to help draw heat away from the GPU socket. Three DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 20.b, and one Dual-link DVI-D monitor ports deliver plenty of connection options. 8-pin and 6-pin connectors design instead to ensure maximum power delivery.

Gigabyte's Take on the Aorus RX 580 XTR 8G

AORUS graphics cards are crafted for perfection in pursuit of the ultimate graphics experience for gaming enthusiasts. Based on the revolutionary AMD Polaris architecture, AORUS graphics card brings you incredible gaming experience.

- GPU Gauntlet™ Sorting

- Polaris-powered graphics card give you superior performance and power efficiency

- Support up to 8K display @30Hz (DisplayPort™ 1.3)

- Outstanding performance for Virtual Reality gaming

AORUS ALL-AROUND COOLING SOLUTION

AORUS provides the all-around cooling solution for all key components of the graphics card. We take care not only GPU but also VRAM and MOSFET, to ensure a stable overclock operation and longer life. On the front side, the GPU direct touch heat-pipes to dissipate the most heat from the GPU and VRAM. On the back side, the copper back plate dissipates the heat from the GPU back side. All other key components are taken care of very well by the WINDFORCE cooling module. AORUS ensures the customer a better cooling solution in many ways.

HEAT PIPES DIRECT TOUCH

The pure copper heat pipes are shaped to maximize the direct contact area to the GPU for enhanced thermal transfer. The heat pipes also touch a large metal base plate covering the VRAM module via thermal pads to ensure the critical cores are properly cooled.

ADVANCED COPPER BACK PLATE COOLING

Excessive heat from GPU not only gets dissipated utilizing the massive cooling module in the front but also through the back side with a copper plate, providing a well-rounded thermal solution for the GPU.

WINDFORCE 2X COOLING SYSTEM

Equipped with 2x 100mm unique blade fans, 4 pure copper composite heat-pipes, and heat-pipe direct touch GPU, the WINDFORCE 2X cooling system delivers an effective heat dissipation capacity.

ALTERNATE SPINNING

Optimize air flow by the alternate spinning fans that reduce air turbulence and effectively dissipate the heat.

3D ACTIVE FAN

The AORUS graphics cards are equipped with 3D-Active Fan. The fans will remain off when the GPU is under a set loading or temperature for low power gaming. The LED fan indicator on the top of the graphics card provides an instant display of the fan status.

COMPOSITE HEAT-PIPES

The composite heat-pipes combines both thermal conductivity and phase transition for efficiently managing the transfer of heat between two solid interfaces which increases 29% of cooling capacity.

UNIQUE BLADE FAN

The airflow is spilt by the triangle fan edge, and guided smoothly through the 3D stripe curve on the fan surface, effectively enhancing the airflow by 23% over the traditional fans.

RGB FUSION

With 16.8M customizable color options and numerous lighting effects, you could now choose the right scheme for your gaming rig through AORUS graphics engine.

STYLISH METAL BACK PLATE

The metal back plate offers rigidity and protection to the structure, while adding a sleek, clean look to the product.

SMART POWER LED INDICATORS

Be alert when PCI-E voltage is unstable with the smart power LED indicator.

BUILT FOR OVERCLOCKING WITH 6+2 POWER PHASES

Compared to reference design (6+1), the 6+2 power phases on the card make the MOSFET working at a lower temperature and provide more stable voltage output.

Ultra Durable Materials

Engineered with the highest-grade chokes and capacitors, this graphic card delivers outstanding performance and durable system lifespan.

AORUS GRAPHICS ENGINE

Clock speeds, voltage, fan performance, power target can be monitored and tuned in real-time according to your own preference through this intuitive interface.

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