The 6 best AMD graphics cards

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

AMD is one of the two largest developers of desktop and mobile computer graphics accelerators. Therefore, the video cards it produces are quite good. However, finding the right one can be quite difficult.

We've compiled a ranking of the top 6 graphics cards designed or manufactured by AMD.

Rating of the best AMD graphics cards

Nomination a place Name of product price
Rating of the best AMD graphics cards 1 Sapphire FirePro S9150 RUB 114 260
2 Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 RUB 42,013
3 Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 RUB 20,990
4 Sapphire Nitro + Radeon RX 580 RUB 22,290
5 MSI Radeon RX 560 RUB 9,990
6 Asus Radeon R5 230 RUB 3,210

Sapphire FirePro S9150

Rating: 4.9

Sapphire FirePro S9150

Why # 1: A professional graphics card from AMD with 16GB of VRAM.

For whom: For developers of 3D graphics, computer games, and solutions based on artificial intelligence. It is also suitable for mining, but it is worth considering the high price.

Description: Sapphire FirePro S9150 is a non-standard video card that is designed for strictly defined purposes of developing graphics, solutions based on artificial intelligence, Big Data and the like, associated with the need for fast and numerous calculations. In particular, it does not have connectors for connecting monitors.

The video card is equipped with a 28nm Hawaii XT chip with 2816 universal computing cores. It is supplemented with 16 GB of video memory on a 512-bit bus. The video card is connected via PCIe and needs external power supply 8 + 6 pins. Despite the heat dissipation of 235 W, the video card is not equipped with active cooling – a separate cooler is required.

Advantages

  • Highest performance in graphics and design tasks;

  • Suitable for mining;

  • Sophisticated passive radiator design;

disadvantages

  • Comparative high cost, even in its typical segment;

  • Old – for 2018 – processor;

  • There are no connectors for monitors; workstations will require the purchase of an additional accelerator;

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080

Rating: 4.8

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080

Why second place: Top-end gaming graphics card.

Who's it for: For gamers looking to get the most out of today's and some upcoming games.

Description: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 is a powerful video card for gaming computers. It is suitable for gaming systems designed for current games and some future projects, without any compromises in graphics. The board contains the NVIDIA chip specified in the name, which is supplemented with 8 GB of memory, and the processor is overclocked to the base frequency of 1721 MHz, and the memory – to 10.01 GHz.

SLI compatible. It is recommended to use DisplayPort to connect a monitor, but there are connectors for older displays – HDMI 2.0b and even DVI-D.

The video card is connected to the computer via PCIe. Additional power is needed, an 8-pin port is used. The board has a TDP of 180W and is cooled by a custom heatsink and 3 fans.

Advantages

  • Quiet and efficient cooler;

  • Nice customizable lighting;

  • Works with low-power (from 500 W) power supplies;

disadvantages

  • Poor equipment;

  • Choke noise can be observed at maximum load;

  • At maximum load, the cooling system still starts to make noise;

Gigabyte Radeon RX 580

Rating: 4.8

Gigabyte Radeon RX 580

Why the third place: Lower frequency of the chip and memory than the previous accelerator in the ranking.

For whom: For gamers who plan to play modern and some future projects, and are willing to make some compromises in 2-3 years. Suitable for hackintosh.

Description: Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 is built on the AMD chip indicated in the name. The processor is partially overclocked – its base frequency is 1365 MHz. However, this is enough for the vast majority of current games. The graphics chip is supplemented with 8 GB GDD5 memory clocked at 8 GHz and located on a 256-bit bus.

Supports CrossFire. It is recommended to connect monitors via DisplayPort 1.4, but HDMI 2.0b and even DVI-D ports are also available.

A video card is connected via PCIe, it receives additional power through an 8-pin connector, it is advisable to power it from a 500 W unit inclusive. The device is cooled by a custom heatsink with a copper backplate and two fans.

Advantages

  • Optimal energy consumption;

  • Beautiful LED lighting;

  • Well-designed cooler with support for passive mode;

disadvantages

  • Flimsy plastic of the case;

  • Noticeable delays when turning on and off the cooling system;

  • Choke whistle may be heard under load;

Sapphire Nitro + Radeon RX 580

Rating: 4.7

Sapphire Nitro + Radeon RX 580

Why the fourth place: Slightly more expensive than the previous device in the ranking, although the processor is overclocked to a lower clock frequency.

Who's it for: For gamers planning to play current and some upcoming games willingly to compromise right now or overclock their graphics card.

Description: Sapphire Nitro + Radeon RX 580 is a video card for gamers who are not very demanding on graphics quality, but need a reliable and durable device. Thanks to the minimum overclocking (the base frequency of the processor is 1411 MHz), the chip does not get too hot during use, which means that the entire system is cooled better. Also, the video card is equipped with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus with a clock speed of 8 GHz.

Supports CrossFire. To connect a monitor, it is recommended to use DisplayPort 1.4, of which there are 2 on the board; but you can also HDMI 2.0b (also 2 pieces) or DVI-D (one).

The board connects to the computer via PCIe. Needs additional power supply, there are 8- and 6-pin connectors. Compatible with units from 500 W. Equipped with a custom heatsink with 2 fans, TDP – 185W.

Advantages

  • Sophisticated cooler with customization;

  • High performance – even despite the small numbers in the characteristics;

  • Two B modules IOS with different settings, including overclocking and aggressive cooling;

disadvantages

  • Overprice;

  • Can heat above 70 degrees under high load;

  • Too bright backlight system, difficult to turn off;

MSI Radeon RX 560

Rating: 4.6

MSI Radeon RX 560

Why fifth place: A budget video card with not particularly impressive characteristics, but on a new chip.

Who's it for: For undemanding gamers who can compromise on graphics quality even in current games.

Description: The MSI Radeon RX 560 video card based on the same-name AMD chip is designed for undemanding gamers. The processor frequency of this accelerator is 1196 MHz. It is supplemented with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit bus with a frequency of 7 GHz.

Up to 3 4K monitors are connected to the card simultaneously. Supports CrossFire. The card has three ports – one each DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b and DVI-D.

PCIe is used to connect to the 'motherboard'. The video card does not need additional power supply and has a very low heat dissipation of 80 watts. Thanks to this, it can work with a power supply unit from 400 W inclusive and is cooled by a custom heatsink with 1 fan.

Advantages

  • High performance, but with a limit;

  • Supports FreeSync;

  • Supports overclocking in a proprietary application;

disadvantages

  • The performance limit is FHD 60fps, after which the smoothness of the work drops;

  • Undeveloped cooling system;

  • Quite high noise level under load;

Asus Radeon R5 230

Rating: 4.5

Asus Radeon R5 230

Why Sixth Place: Office Graphics. The only model in the rating with GDDR3 memory.

For whom: For installation in office PCs. Suitable for gamers who prefer older games.

Description: The video card Asus Radeon R5 230 is designed for installation in non-gaming computers. Therefore, it is pointless to expect high performance from it. In addition, it is worth considering that this is a rather old model that does not even support DirectX 12.

In particular, the technical specifications include the AMD hardware platform of the same name with a chip frequency of 650 MHz. It is supplemented with 2 GB of GDDR3 memory on a 64-bit bus and with a frequency of 1.2 GHz.

The card has three connectors – HDMI 1.4a, DVI-D and VGA.

Connects to a computer via PCIe. No additional power is required. The TDP is so small (only 19W) that no active cooling is required – a passive radiator is sufficient.

Advantages

  • Cheap;

  • Suitable for 4K HDMI monitors;

  • Silent;

disadvantages

  • Only enough performance for the operating system interface;

  • Video driver errors may occur under gaming or 3D graphics load;

  • Uses 64-bit memory bus;


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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