Is the RX 580 good in 2020?

The RX 580 is a high-end graphics card that came out in 2017. Back then it was good enough to play all demanding titles in 1080p and high presets. Nowadays the GPU still holds its ground. Let's take a look at how convenient it is to buy a RX 580 in 2020 by using some benchmarks and its price to performance ratio. Also we are going to compare it to the other options.


Is the RX580 still good in 2020?

The RX580 performs well in modern titles as of 2020, allowing for good frame rates at 1080p and high/ultra presets. It can handle every eSport game smoothly while being affordable and having a good price to performance ratio. Nevertheless there are newer options in the market for the same money and performance, but with way less power consumption and way better future proofing.


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RX 580 Specifications

Announcement Date April 18th, 2017
TDP 185 W
Suggested PSU 550 W
Power connector 1x8-pin
Core Speed 1257 - 1340 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width 256 Bit
Memory Type GDDR5
Regular memory size 8 GB
Max memory size 8 GB
Architecture Polaris
Process size 14 nm
Transistors 5,700 million
Shading units 2304
Features AMD Freesync
Ports 1 x HDMI / 3 x DisplayPort

The RX 580 came out 3 years ago already as a high-range graphics card for Desktop PCs. It is based on the Polaris 20 chip and its direct predecessor is the RX 480, which is basically the same GPU but with less 10% clock speeds due to modifications in the RX 580's architecture..

Its direct competitor as of 2020 is the NVIDIA GTX 1650 SUPER, which performs very similarly, costs the same, is more recent and consumes 80W less of power..

The RX 580 was often used in enthusiast mining rigs, which puts graphics cards in heavy pressure for extended periods of time. That is something to take into consideration when buying used.


RX 580 gaming benchmarks

Game Average FPS at 1080p High Presets
Anno 1800 Anno 1800 58
Anthem Anthem 65
Battlefield Battlefield 5 134
Borderlands 3 Borderlands 3 66
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Call of Duty Modern Warfare 117
Control Control 40
Dirt Rally 2.0 Dirt Rally2.0 105
Far Cry New Dawn Far Cry New Dawn 91
Fifa 20 Fifa 20 272
Final Fantasy XV Final Fantasy XV 94
Ghost Recon Breakpoint Ghost Recon Breakpoint 63
Grand Theft Auto 5 Grand Theft Auto 5 92
Just Cause 4 Just Cause 4 62
Minecraft Minecraft 188
Metro Exodus Metro Exodus 59
Shadow of the tomb raider Shadow of the Tomb Raider 98
The Division 2 The Division 2 73
The Witcher 3 The Witcher 3 116
Total War Three Kingdoms Total War: Three Kingdoms 56

The graphics card performs smoothly in demanding games at 1080p. Control being one of the only exceptions, but still very playable.

RX 580 eSports performance

Game Average eFPS at 1080p High presets
Apex Legends Apex Legends 100
CS: GO Counter Strike: Global Offensive 193
Dota 2 Dota 2 113
Fortnite Fortnite 128
League of legends League of Legends 151
Overwatch Overwatch 124


Pros and cons of buying a RX 580 in 2020


  • Good for almost all modern titles in 1080p high/ultra presets.
  • Good price to performance ratio
  • The RX 580 meets VR minimum requirements, runs fine.
  • One of the best options for around $160 at the moment (but not the best).



  • Consumes way more power than its price competitor (GTX1650 SUPER), thus requiring a better power supply and a bigger case to fit and have good airflow.
  • Bad future proofing, it is a 3 years old graphics card already.


Best CPUs to pair with a RX 570

Currently the RX 570 is considered a budget GPU that is probably being builded into a budget PC, taking that into consideration the best CPU options to pair with a RX 580 are the cheaper CPUs in intel's and AMD's lineup.

Nevertheless the CPU must be strong enough in order to not generate any bottleneck, while still being budget sensitive.

Ryzen 3 3100: An excellent 2020 CPU. The AMD budget option has 4 cores/8 threads and a TDP of 65W. While being very cheap (just $99) it offers a performance worthy of a high end CPU of a few years ago. The Ryzen 3 3100 won't bottleneck your RX570, if anything, it's the other way around.

Ryzen 3 3100


i3-10100: If you're more comfortable with intel when it comes to CPUs, then the i3-10100 won't disappoint as it offers the same performance as its AMD counterpart, although it retails for $122, $23 more than the Ryzen 3 3100, which is pretty significant in a budget build.


Besides CPU pairing, it is recommended to have a minimum of 8GB RAM and a SSD in your build.


Options to the RX 580

The closest competitor is the NVIDIA GTX 1650 SUPER, which performs slightly better and consumes way less power..

Graphics card Price Performance compared to the RX 570 Power consumption [W]
RX 580 $159 +0% 185
GTX 1050 $129 -107% 75
GTX 1650 $150 -40% 75
GTX 1650 SUPER $160 +6% 100
GTX 1060 3GB $170 -11% 120
RX 570 $120 -17% 120
RX 590 $218 +10% 185

The RX 580 has an effective speed only 17% higher than the RX 570 while costing $40 more, this means that the RX 580 is not a worthy upgrade to a RX 570. On the other hand, the graphics card performs slightly worse than the GTX 1650 SUPER while costing almost the same and consuming way more power. This makes the GTX 1650 SUPER the best option for $160.


Final thoughts

I would not buy a RX 580 for $159 (retail price) as of 2020. There is a way better option for the same price, the GTX 1650 SUPER, which performed best while benchmarking, consumed less power and also has better future proof. Nevertheless the RX 580 is a good graphics card, it will render all the games you throw at it and is even good for VR. If you get it as a gift or as a good deal, it won't dissapoint. Just make sure of having a good power supply and space in your computer case.