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Review: Sapphire Radeon RX 570 Pulse OC 4GB

by Tarinder Sandhu on 1 August 2017, 16:01

Tags: Sapphire, AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Testing methodology

Sapphire Radeon RX 570 Pulse OC 4GB

GPU Comparisons

Power Config
Sapphire Radeon RX 570 Pulse OC 2,048 - 1,284 4,096 7,000 256 8 17.7.2
Palit GeForce GTX 1060 StormX 1,280 1,506 1,708 6,144 8,008 192 6 384.94
Asus GeForce GTX 960 Strix 1,024 1,253 1,317 2,048 7,200 128 6 384.94

HEXUS Graphics Test Bench

Hardware Components Product Page
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K (overclocked to 4.4GHz)
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D15S
Motherboard Asus Z170 Pro
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-2400
Power Supply be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 850W
Primary Storage 256GB Samsung 950 Pro
Secondary Storage 512GB SK hynix Canvas SC300
Chassis Fractal Design Define R5 Windowed
Monitor Philips Brilliance 4K Ultra HD LED (288P6LJEB/00)
Operating system Windows 10 (64-bit)

Benchmark Suite

Synthetic Benchmarks
3DMark Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme, Time Spy and Time Spy Stress Test
VRMark Orange Room and Blue Room
Gaming Benchmarks and Settings
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DX12, TAA, Ultra Quality
Doom Vulkan, TSSAA (8TX), Ultra Quality
Gears of War 4 DX12, TAA, Ultra Quality
Hitman DX12, FXAA, Ultra Quality
Rise of the Tomb Raider DX12, SMAA, Very High Quality
Total War: Warhammer DX12, FXAA, Ultra Quality
General Benchmarks
Power Consumption To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record system-wide mains power draw both when idle and while playing Gears of War 4
Temperature To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record GPU core temperature both when idle and while playing Gears of War 4
Noise A PCE-318 meter is used to record noise levels when idle and while playing Gears of War 4
Overclocking Maintaining out-the-box voltage, we increase the card's power target and aim for an optimal balance of core and memory overclock.


To minimise the impact of any CPU bottlenecks, our test platform is configured with a quad-core Intel Core i7-6700K processor overclocked to 4.4GHz across all cores and 32GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 memory set to run at 2,400MHz using the built-in XMP profile.

For this benchmark suite, we have an array of games tested at FHD (1,920x1,080) and QHD (2,560x1,440) resolutions. Where applicable, any vendor-specific enhancements such as PhysX and TressFX are disabled to help even the playing field. In-game benchmark results are recorded as average frames per second and minimum fps is included where available.

Appreciating the market this card is aimed at, we have run numbers at 1080p and 1440p with the same image-quality settings found in our premium suite. This means you can cross-compare at your leisure.

We have benchmarked the Sapphire using the latest-available drivers and a rival GeForce costing the same £250 with the latest ForceWare. Our readers sometimes comment that we only look at new cards and compare against what you can buy now, rather than evaluate what kind of performance leap is achieved when jumping from a reasonable card from the last generation. To that end, we have benchmarked the popular GeForce GTX 960 2GB (launched January 2015) and will show you just how much of an advantage you can hope to achieve if playing games at the best IQ settings.