Are the RX570 and RX580 Profitable? – Mining Performance Review

As you already probably know, AMD released a new series of GPUs – the RX570 and RX580 – a couple of weeks ago. Those are upgraded versions of the existing RX470 and RX480, respectively. The RX 5xx series were really anticipated by the mining community; however, those two new models received mixed reviews.

As it always happens, there is always a group of people who expect too much from new GPUs and thus get frustrated when their expectations are not met. Until not long ago, only a small number of people were able to test and review the GPUs. Now that more people got their hands on the GPUs there is a lot more information about the mining performance of the new RX 5xx.

Let’s see what we got

Can BIOS Be Modified?

This is a topic that caused the most controversy in the community at first. As we will review in a bit, the RX 5xx series have higher power consumption than their predecessor while at the same time feature the same hashrate. This made an outrage in the community because more power consumption obviously means longer ROI.

That low hashrate and high wattage combination was due to the fact that there was no way to properly configure the BIOS of the 5xx at first.

Now that some time passed, some users found ways to tweak the BIOS in order to further optimize the GPU. They found ways to both overclock and undervolt the GPU, increasing the hashrate/wattage ratio considerably.

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This video explains how to do that to RX 580:

While this one is for the RX 570:

Notice that they use a modified version of the Polaris Bios Editor https://github.com/jaschaknack/PolarisBiosEditor/

You can use it with other memories too. It all comes down to straps to use:
Samsung & Micron = 1750 straps ; 1:xxxx timings
Others = 1500 straps ; 2:xxxx settings

Also, 1xxx stands for Samsung and 2xxx is for Micron chips.

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Hashrate and Power Consumption

Now that we see how the 5xx can be both overclocked and undervolted, we can make a more precise comparison.

Let’s start with stock clocks.
The first tests of the boards showed those results:

  • RX570: 22 MH/s on stock frequencies and 27 MH/s when overclocked. The power consumption is 115 W and 135 W respectively.

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  • RX580: 24 MH/s on stock frequencies and 29 MH/s when overclocked, with a power consumption of 136 W and 153 W, respectively.

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This gives quite a grim outlook on the new cards because their RX 4xx counterparts output the exact same hashrate with an average 10 – 20% less power consumption (both on stock settings and when overclocked).

So, what’s the catch?

Firstly, and I will review it a bit later, the 5xx series excel when dual mining.
Secondly, let’s see what other users could find out after the cards were released to the public.

I will list the most interesting configurations I could find. Some apply only to a certain edition of the card (such as the RX 580 Nitro / MSI).

AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB & RX 580 8GB Series Mining Performance

IMPORTANT: I have gathered this hashrate results from different forums and source, i did not tested yet this cards.. so the data maybe not be 100% that accurate. I will personally review and test each GPU hashrate on Ethash (Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Ubiq, Expanse), Equihash (Zcash, Zclassic, Hush, Komodo), CryptoNight (Monero, Karbowanec, Bipcoin), Pascal (PascalCoin, PascalLite) etc… soon 🙂
RX 570 4GBRX 580 8GB

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MSI RX 570 GAMING X 4G

MSI RX 570 GAMING X 4G mining performance

  • GPU/memo clock: 1140/2050
  • Ethereum: stock 22.2 Mh/s ; modded bios + oc 28Mh/s – 30Mh/s
  • Power Usage: N/A

MSI RX 570 GAMING X 4G Radeon RX 570 GDDR5 4GB CrossFire FinFET DirectX 12 Graphics Card
MSI RX 570 GAMING X 4G Radeon RX 570 GDDR5 4GB CrossFire FinFET DirectX 12 Graphics Card

Price:$215.89


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Sapphire Nitro+ RX 570 4GB

Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 4GB mining performance

  • GPU/memo clock: 1100/2100
  • Ethereum: stock 22 Mh/s ; modded bios + oc 29,67 MH/s
  • 144W

Sapphire 11266-14-20G Radeon NITRO+ RX 570 4GB GDDR5 DUAL HDMI / DVI-D / DUAL DP with backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card
Sapphire 11266-14-20G Radeon NITRO+ RX 570 4GB GDDR5 DUAL HDMI / DVI-D / DUAL DP with backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card

Price:$233.99

Sapphire PULSE RX 570 4GB

Sapphire PULSE RX 570 4GB mining performance

Mining Performance

  • GPU/memo clock: 1130/2050
  • Ethereum: stock 24 Mh/s ; modded bios + oc  29-29.5Mh/s (Hynix)
  • Power Usage: N/A

Sapphire 11266-04-20G Radeon PULSE RX 570 4GB GDDR5 DUAL HDMI / DVI-D / DUAL DP OC with backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card
Sapphire 11266-04-20G Radeon PULSE RX 570 4GB GDDR5 DUAL HDMI / DVI-D / DUAL DP OC with backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card

Price:$210.28

Sapphire PULSE RX 570 ITX 4GB

Sapphire PULSE RX 570 ITX 4GB

Mining Performance

  • GPU/memo clock: 1100/1910 (Elpida)
  • Ethereum: stock 22.4 Mh/s ; bios mod + oc 30.5 Mh/s (dual)
  • Power Usage: 130w (power may be higher)

Sapphire 11266-06-20G Radeon PULSE RX 570 ITX 4GB GDDR5 HDMI / DVI-D / DP (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card
Sapphire 11266-06-20G Radeon PULSE RX 570 ITX 4GB GDDR5 HDMI / DVI-D / DP (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card

List Price:$179.99
Price:$179.99

Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 570 4GB

Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 570 4GB

Mining Performance

  • GPU/memo clock: 1150/2150
  • Ethereum: stock 22.3 Mh/s ; modded bios + oc 29,5 Mh/s
  • Power Usage: N/A

Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 570 4GB Graphic Cards GV-RX570AORUS-4GD
Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 570 4GB Graphic Cards GV-RX570AORUS-4GD

Price:$202.60

MSI RX 570 ARMOR 4G OC GAMING

MSI RX 570 ARMOR 4G OC GAMING mining performance

  • GPU/memo clock: 1150/2000
  • Ethereum: stock 22.2 Mh/s ; modded bios + oc 27.3 MH/s ; 28.5 Mh/s (still good for improvements)
  • Power Usage: 105W / GPU-z shows 75-80W

MSI RX 570 ARMOR 4G OC GAMING Radeon RX 570 GDDR5 4GB CrossFire FinFET DirectX 12 Graphics Card
MSI RX 570 ARMOR 4G OC GAMING Radeon RX 570 GDDR5 4GB CrossFire FinFET DirectX 12 Graphics Card

Price:$196.57

Gigabyte RX 570 Gaming 4GB

Gigabyte RX 570 Gaming 4GB Mining Performance

  • GPU/memo clock: N/A
  • Ethereum stock 22.3 Mh/s ; bios mod + oc 28.5 Mh/s (elpida memory)
  • ZCash stock 273 H/s ; bios mod + oc 293.3 H/s
  • Power Usage: N/A

Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4GB Graphic Cards GV-RX570GAMING-4GD
Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4GB Graphic Cards GV-RX570GAMING-4GD

Price:$190.52

ASUS ROG STRIX RX 570 4GB GAMING OC Edition

 ASUS ROG STRIX RX 570 4GB GAMING OC Edition mining performance

No data yet

  • GPU/memo clock: N/A
  • Ethereum: N/A
  • Power Usage: N/A

ASUS ROG-STRIX-RX570-O4G-GAMING OC Edition GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card
ASUS ROG-STRIX-RX570-O4G-GAMING OC Edition GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card

List Price:$189.99
Price:$189.99


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XFX RS XXX Edition RX 570 4GB OC+

XFX RS XXX Edition RX 570 4GB OC+ mining performance

No data yet

  • GPU/memo clock: N/A
  • Ethereum: N/A
  • Power Usage: N/A

XFX RS XXX Edition RX 570 4GB OC+ 1284MHz DDR5 3xDP HDMI DVI w/Custom Backplate
XFX RS XXX Edition RX 570 4GB OC+ 1284MHz DDR5 3xDP HDMI DVI w/Custom Backplate

List Price:$189.99
Price:$189.99


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PowerColor AXRX 570 4GB

PowerColor AXRX 570 4GB mining performance

No data yet

  • GPU/memo clock: N/A
  • Ethereum: N/A
  • Power Usage: N/A

to be added

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MSI RX 580 8GB Gaming X

MSI RX 580 8GB Gaming X mining performance

  • GPU/memo clock: 2150
  • Ethereum: stock 24.5 Mh/s ; modded bios + oc 29Mh/s – 30.7 Mh/s
  • Power Usage: N/A

MSI VGA Graphic Cards RX 580 GAMING X 8G
MSI VGA Graphic Cards RX 580 GAMING X 8G

Price:$279.99


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Sapphire NITRO+ RX 580 8GB LIMITED EDITION

Sapphire NITRO+ RX 580 8GB LIMITED EDITION mining performance

  • GPU/memo clock: N/A
  • Ethereum: stock 22.5 Mh/s ; modded bios + oc 29.3 – 31 Mh/s
  • Power Usage: 142w / 77.5W

Sapphire 11265-00-40G Radeon NITRO+ RX 580 8GB GDDR5 DUAL HDMI / DVI-D / DUAL DP with backplate LIMITED EDITION (UEFI) PCI-E Graphic Cards
Sapphire 11265-00-40G Radeon NITRO+ RX 580 8GB GDDR5 DUAL HDMI / DVI-D / DUAL DP with backplate LIMITED EDITION (UEFI) PCI-E Graphic Cards

List Price:$299.99
Price:$299.99


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Sapphire NITRO+ RX 580 8GB

Sapphire NITRO+ RX 580 8GB mining performance

Sapphire 11265-01-20G Radeon NITRO+ RX 580 8GB GDDR5 DUAL HDMI / DVI-D / DUAL DP with backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card
Sapphire 11265-01-20G Radeon NITRO+ RX 580 8GB GDDR5 DUAL HDMI / DVI-D / DUAL DP with backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card

Price:$319.99


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Sapphire PULSE RX 580 8GB OC

Sapphire PULSE RX 580 8GB OC mining performance

Sapphire 11265-05-20G Radeon PULSE RX 580 8GB GDDR5 DUAL HDMI / DVI-D / DUAL DP OC with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card Graphic Cards
Sapphire 11265-05-20G Radeon PULSE RX 580 8GB GDDR5 DUAL HDMI / DVI-D / DUAL DP OC with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card Graphic Cards

List Price:$259.99
Price:$259.99


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Gigabyte AORUS RX 580 8GB

Gigabyte AORUS RX 580 8GB mining performance

  • GPU/memo clock: 2150
  • Ethereum: stock 24.5 Mh/s / modded bios + oc 29Mh/s – 30.7 Mh/s
  • Power Usage: N/A

Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 580 8GB Graphic Cards GV-RX580AORUS-8GD
Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 580 8GB Graphic Cards GV-RX580AORUS-8GD

Price:$255.42


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MSI ARMOR RX 580 8G OC

MSI ARMOR RX 580 8G OC mining performance

  • GPU/memo clock: N/A
  • Ethereum: stock 24.5 Mh/s ; modded bios + oc 30 Mh/s – 31 Mh/s
  • Power Usage: N/A

MSI VGA Graphic Cards RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC
MSI VGA Graphic Cards RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC

Price:$265.96


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ASUS ROG STRIX RX 580 8GB GAMING OC

ASUS ROG STRIX RX 580 8GB GAMING OC mining performance

  • GPU/memo clock: N/A
  • Ethereum: stock 24.4 Mh/s ; modded bios + oc 29.6 Mh/s
  • Power Usage: N/A

ASUS ROG-STRIX-RX580-O8G-GAMINGOC Edition GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card
ASUS ROG-STRIX-RX580-O8G-GAMINGOC Edition GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card

List Price:$274.99


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XFX GTS XXX Edition RX 580 8GB OC+

No data yet..

XFX GTS XXX Edition RX 580 8GB OC+ mining performance

  • GPU/memo clock: N/A
  • Ethereum: N/A
  • Power Usage: N/A

XFX GTS XXX Edition RX 580 8GB OC+ 1386Mhz DDR5 3xDP HDMI DVI Graphic Cards RX-580P8DFD6
XFX GTS XXX Edition RX 580 8GB OC+ 1386Mhz DDR5 3xDP HDMI DVI Graphic Cards RX-580P8DFD6

List Price:$249.99
Price:$249.99


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PowerColor Red Devil AXRX 580 8GB OC

No data yet..

PowerColor Red Devil AXRX 580 8GB OC mining performance

  • GPU/memo clock: N/A
  • Ethereum: N/A
  • Power Usage: N/A

PowerColor AXRX 580 8GBD5-3DHG/OC Graphic Cards
PowerColor AXRX 580 8GBD5-3DHG/OC Graphic Cards


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VisionTek RX 580 8GB OC

No data yet..

VisionTek RX 580 8GB OC mining performance

  • GPU/memo clock: N/A
  • Ethereum: N/A
  • Power Usage: N/A

VisionTek Products 900960 Radeon RX 580 Overclocked 8GB GDDR5 5M (3x DP HDMI DL-DVI) Graphics Card
VisionTek Products 900960 Radeon RX 580 Overclocked 8GB GDDR5 5M (3x DP HDMI DL-DVI) Graphics Card

List Price:$268.50
Price:$268.50


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It is now obvious that it is a must to both overclock and underclock the RX 580 to make it work properly. Otherwise, the most you can get from the stock one is 25 MH/s (instead of 24 MH/s) having 17.4.3 ReLive drivers and using Claymore 9.3 with a power draw of about 150 W from the wall. Not impressive.

An RX 480 Nitro does 29.5 MH/s when overclocked. A RX 580 stands a chance against it only when configured properly.

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Dual Mining

According to several reviews, the RX5xx series truly outperform the RX4xx when dual mining.
It looks like after all, those two sets of models have different architectures. The 5xx might be a bit more than just a downgrade of the widely-loved 4xx.

Some tests of the RX 580 gave those results:

  • Ethereum: 30.5 Mh/s
  • Decred: 1130 MH/s
  • VDDC: 0.877
  • Core: 1300
  • Mem: 2100
  • Mem voltage: 0.9
  • Strap: Custom mix
  • Mem Errors: 0/min
  • Power Usage: 125W

It can also give about 30.5 MH/s + 1450 MH/s if power and voltage are left as they came from factory. However, power usage increases to about 15% too.

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Windows or Linux?

According to one renowned reviewer, it is better to mine with the RX 5xx on Linux, at least for now. He states that Linux drivers work better than Windows ones.

Cooling

Cooling is probably one of the best things about the 5xx series. Both the RX570 and the RX580 are bigger and have better cooling system than their predecessors. They use more copper too. Just like the 4xx, the 5xx GPUs come with two coolers of the same size and there were no complaints about temperature issues to the date.

Both RX570 and RX580 are praised for being more silent than their older counterparts too.

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Price Change Prospects

Some people of the mining community managed to get the most of their 5xx and are happy with their purchase; others – not so much. If you think that the 5xx are not for you, then you might want to buy some 4xx while there are in stock.

You see, it is still not clear for how long the 4xx series will be available for sale. Some sources claim that 4xx series are no longer manufactured and will disappear from the shelves quite soon. If that is the case, then now it might be the right time to purchase a couple.

However, other miners say that it is a good idea to wait a little until the 4xx will naturally drop in price. While their point seems valid, I am more prone to think that the 4xx won’t be getting any cheaper anytime soon. The reason is simple – the 5xx are not a lot better than the 4xx (at least according to popular opinion), therefore I don’t expect a lot of people to run after 5xx GPUs.

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In Conclusion

Should you buy it? I guess the 5xx are no worse than the 4xx. Some community members proved that the 5xx are even better than their predecessors.

Since RX5xx’s have reasonably low price, it might be a good idea to get them for your rig if you are buying one. RX 5xx GPUs work stable as they are now, and one never knows what surprises further patches and fixes will bring. Who knows, maybe the new architecture will allow us to overclock them even more or save more power.

Also, the RX 5xx might be easier to sell in the future, since they are definitely better for gaming than their 4xx predecessors.

Now, if you do have a rig of 4xx already, then it definitely a good idea to stick to it. The RX5xx’s – even when properly configured – are not superior enough to the 4xx, at least in my opinion. They are good, but the 4xx proved to work wonder, and it might be a great idea to keep your 4xx rigs, at least for now.

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