Is the RX 580 the Best Mainstream Graphics Card for 2017?

Planning a custom gaming PC in Leeds or a new graphics card can sometimes be a difficult process. Not only do you need to look for components that are within your budget, but you also need to ensure that you’re getting the best performance for the money that you’re spending.

At MH Computers, custom gaming PC building is part of our core business, and you could even say that it’s one of our passions. Having the opportunity to work in this industry means that we get to sample and recommend some of the latest tech, and for graphics cards, 2017 has been an impressive year so far.

In the mainstream market, there’s one particular graphics card that has stood out in terms of value and performance, and that is the new AMD RX 580.

A Performance Graphics Card for a Demanding Gamer

Priced between £200 – £270, depending on the exact card variant, the RX 580 represents the ever growing middle segment of the market. This is a card designed for 1080p and 1440p gaming at high and ultra graphics settings, and it’s able to get you there at decent frame rates of at least 60fps on most demanding modern games. If you’re looking for a custom gaming PC Leeds that can satisfy your needs now and for the foreseeable future, then this card is one of the best options on the market.

The RX 580 is fully DirectX 12 compliant, and it’s also a high performer when using the Vulcan API. With 8GB of VRAM on the flagship model card, there’s also plenty of memory available for games using large sets of high definition textures.

Take a look at some quick 1080p benchmarks to see what you can expect from a factory overclocked Sapphire Nitro+ RX 580 graphics card.

– Battlefield One: 89 Average / 85 Minimum FPS

– GTAV: 102 Average / 61 Minimum FPS

– Rise of the Tomb Raider: 75 Average / 58 Minimum FPS

– Doom (Vulkan): 151 Average / 128 Minimum FPS

Ready for an Upgrade or New Custom Gaming PC?

If you like the sound of a graphics card that offers excellent performance but remains relatively affordable and power efficient, then the RX 580 graphics card makes a strong argument. Even when compared to NVidia’s GTX 1060, it can outperform in some games using Vulcan or DirectX 12, and achieves parity in pretty much everything else. You also get the benefit of having 2GB of extra VRAM, compared to the 6GB maximum that is available on NVidia’s mainstream offering.

If it’s time for a new Gaming PC Leeds, or if you’re simply looking for a GPU upgrade to keep up with the demands of the latest games, come and talk to the team at MH Computers. Visit us in-store, or contact us online, and we’ll be able to recommend the best options for a new build, or for an upgrade that is compatible with your existing components.