Overclocking & Temperatures
For overclocking, I used AMD’s WattMan utility. WattMan is AMD’s overclocking utility that controls GPU voltage, engine clocks, memory clocks, fan speed and temperature. It’s packaged with the Radeon software features and offers multiple ways of precise overclocking controls. With the control over voltage and per state frequency curve for GPU clocks, comprehensive tuning control is now available. It’s very easy to learn and use, especially when compared to other utilities out there.
GPU Tweak II
To switch modes on the STRIX RX 580, I used GPU Tweak II. In this program, you can choose between 4 modes for your graphics card. OC mode, Gaming mode, Silent mode and User mode for custom settings. The card comes factory set in Gaming mode. If you use another tweaking utility, such as Radeon WattMan, you won’t be able to switch modes. I ran all my benchmarks in Gaming Mode with a clock speed of 1360 MHz. There are also graphs to the left to monitor everything from GPU core clock, voltage memory clock, fan speed and more. The Gaming booster optimizes your system by setting the system for the best visuals, killing the Windows services and processes and even defragging system memory. There is also an advanced mode where you can manually tweak everything on your GPU.
The STRIX RX 580 did very well with overclocking. I was able to push it to 1425 MHz, up for its base clock of 1360 in Gaming Mode.
I was pleasantly surprised at the STRIX 580’s max temp. This card maxed out at only 62°C, even while overclocked. This is the coolest running, air cooled card I’ve tested this generation for both the red team and green team.