The AMD Radeon RX 570 is a strong graphics card for anyone building their own mid-range PC gaming rig aimed at 1080p gaming. This cut-down version of the RX 580 can often deliver similar levels of gaming performance to the three gig version of GTX 1060, one of the most popular graphics cards on the market today.

Intriguingly, it's even possible to overclock some RX 570 units to get RX 580 levels of performance for a lower price. However, the RX 570 can still be competitive even out of the box, and that's what we'll show here today.

In this article, we'll compare the RX 570 in gaming benchmarks with four of the best video cards at this price point: the RX 580, the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti and both the 3GB and 6GB versions of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060.

Note that all of the Nvidia cards are standard reference models, so third-party versions with factory overclocks will offer slightly higher performance. However, there are no reference models for the RX 570 or RX 850, so we should let you know that we're using factory-overclocked cards in our results, specifically the Asus Strix RX 570 and the Sapphire Nitro RX 850. These are among the faster options available, so other RX 570 and RX 580 cards might offer slightly worse performance if they operate at slower frequencies. However, the difference should only be around five to seven per cent at most.

Our tests include nine games in total, with both classic and modern titles represented. We also have one further test, letting you see how the RX 570 compares to the newer Vega 56 and Vega 64 cards, so if you're dead-set on an AMD purchase, you can get an idea of whether it's worth splashing out extra cash for more capable graphics hardware.

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AMD didn't manufacture a reference model RX 570, meaning that cards on the market are likely to have different core clock specs. Our review model is the Asus Strix version pictured here.
GPU cores Boost clock TFLOPS Memory Memory Bandwidth
GTX 1050 Ti 768 1392MHz 2.1 4GB 112GB/s
GTX 1060 1152/1280 1708MHz 3.9/4.4 3GB/6GB 192GB/s
RX 570 2048 1244MHz 5.1 4GB/8GB 224GB/s
RX 580 2304 1340MHz 6.2 4GB/8GB 256GB/s

Each benchmark includes a YouTube video surrounded by a custom benchmark widget. Start the video to see how each card performs throughout the benchmark in real-time. You can select or deselect cards from the comparison at any time using the controls to the right of the video. This is pretty handy, as you can just select the cards that you're considering and leave the others out.

Further below the video, you'll find a graph of the results, including the average frame-rates plus the important worst one per cent and worst five per cent results. These are useful indicators of how low the frame-rate may go in demanding scenes. And here's a neat trick: click on the bar chart to swap between frame-rate numbers and relative (percentage-based) values - which some might say are a little meaninful.

If you want to read more about how system works and why it was developed, you can read our fearless leader's explanation of the new Digital Foundry benchmarking widget works right here.

Without further ado, let's have a look at the results!

Assassin's Creed Unity

First up, we have Assassin's Creed Unity from 2014. This benchmark is set on the busy streets and rooftops of Revolution-era Paris, allowing it to provide a pretty good challenge for modern cards at its ultra high settings with FXAA enabled. The RX 570 does well enough here, averaging above 50 but below 60 frames per second. That's about five frames per second behind the 3GB GTX 1060 card and eight behind the 6GB GTX 1070. Moving up to the RX 580 provides more than 60 frames per second on average. Meanwhile, the GTX 1050 Ti is some distance behind.

AC Unity: Ultra High, FXAA

  • GTX 1050 Ti
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580

Ashes of the Singularity

Strategy game Ashes of the Singularity from 2016 has a handy integrated benchmark with more lasers than a Star Wars battle scene, so that's our next stop. The RX 570 and its AMD brethren tend to do better with DirectX 12 games like this one, and indeed we can see that the RX 570 is neck-and-neck with the more expensive GTX 1060 6GB here at both 1080p and 1440p.

Ashes of the Singularity DX12: Extreme, No AA

  • GTX 1050 Ti
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580

Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 from 2016 is another game that skews towards AMD with the DX12 renderer in effect, and the RX 570 does well here. It records results that are just a frame behind the GTX 1060 6GB at 1080p, and just two frames behind at 1440p. Given the price differential, that's a pretty awesome result for Team Red. It's worth noting that the frame-time spikes in this demo are a little random (related to random explosions), due to the lack of an official Battlefield 1 benchmark, so don't pay them too much heed.

Battlefield 1: Ultra, TAA

  • GTX 1050 Ti
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580

Crysis 3

It's hard to believe that it's been over five years since the release of a Crysis game, with 2013's Crysis 3. The game remains a surprisingly tough challenge even for modern GPUs, but the RX 570 still manages almost 70 frames per second. That's still less than the RX 580 and the GTX 1060 models, which record frame-rates of between five and ten frames per second better. However, the RX 570 doesn't dip as low as the GTX 1060 in response to close-range explosions in the latter half of the demo.

Crysis 3: very high, SMAA T2X

  • GTX 1050 Ti
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580

The Division

The Division is another of our DirectX 12 titles, which showcases the snowy streets of New York City. The RX 570 manages to effectively tie the GTX 1060 6GB here at 60 frames per second at 1080p, and comfortably outperforms the 3GB variant of the same. Interestingly, there's just an 11 to 12 per cent performance differential here between the RX 570 and its more expensive counterpart.

The Division DX12: Ultra, TAA

  • GTX 1050 Ti
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580

Far Cry Primal

The prehistoric offshoot of Far Cry Primal divides the graphics tech that debuted in Far Cry 4 and Far Cry 5, making it a good way to test the series as a whole. Nvidia cards trend to do better in this DirectX 11 title than AMD ones, and indeed we see the RX 570 falling behind its Team Green competition at 1080p. However, the AMD card seems to do better when shifted up to 1440p, closing the gap considerably and almost equalling the 3GB model of the GTX 1060.

Far Cry Primal: Ultra, SMAA

  • GTX 1050 Ti
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580

Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ghost Recon Wildlands is perhaps the most challenging game in our benchmark suite when ramped up to ultra settings, so it's no surprise that the RX 570 doesn't even manage to reach a 'cinematic' 30 frames per second at 1440p. Even at 1080p, the card only hits 33 frames per second, nearly identical to the inexpensive GTX 1060 3GB.

Ghost Recon Wildlands: Ultra, TAA

  • GTX 1050 Ti
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider from 2016 showcases everyone's favourite action heroine in a three-parter: a snowy mountain scene with Lara herself, a tomb interior with plenty of water effects and a scenic forest. We're using the very high preset here, albeit with high textures to prevent cards with small amounts of RAM from stuttering. The RX 570 delivers a nice average frame-rate of 70fps at 1080p and almost equals the GTX 1060 3GB at 1440p.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: Very High, SMAA

  • GTX 1050 Ti
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580

The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 from CD Projekt RED is our final title, showing off the streets of Novigrad at 1080p and 1440p. The RX 570 again provides more than sixty frames per second on ultra settings, but still sits five per cent behind the GTX 1060 3GB at 1080p and about four per cent behind at 1440p.

The Witcher 3: Ultra, POST-AA, No Hairworks

  • GTX 1050 Ti
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580
  • GTX 1060 3GB
  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • RX 570
  • RX 580

Generational comparison

Finally, we'll see how the RX 570 and RX 580 compare to their (admittedly more expensive) AMD stablemates, including the older R9 Fury X plus the latest and greatest Vega 56 and Vega 64 cards. We'll be using Assassin's Creed Unity here, both at 1080p and 1440p - a stern workout both in terms of compute and for VRAM utilisation. As you can see, the RX 570 sits at the bottom of the pile, although it's worth remembering that the previous-gen and next-gen cards are all high-end models, and the RX 570 is more of a mid-range part.

Assassin's Creed Unity: Ultra High, FXAA

  • RX 570
  • RX 580
  • R9 Fury X
  • Vega 56
  • Vega 64
  • RX 570
  • RX 580
  • R9 Fury X
  • Vega 56
  • Vega 64

That brings our benchmarks to a close! If you like, check out our full review of the RX 570 and RX 580 to see more about these AMD stablemates.


Still considering which graphics card to choose? Take a look at our current pick for the overall best graphics card, or find out which is the best value graphics card as of summer 2018.


If you found them helpful or think of a way they could be improved, please leave a comment below. Thanks again for checking out the results and we'll see you on the next one!

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