MSI is using an all-new thermal design on the MECH 2 cards that the company says isn't just good for higher GPU clocks and VRAM clocks, but "increased performance" in games. This is something I'm keen to test, but the RX 580 is still one of the best value for money graphics cards you can buy for 1080p and 1440p gaming... but is there room for improvement? Always.
It wouldn't be an MSI card without their dragon RGB LED on top, with MSI using a totally custom PCB design with Military Class 4 components that ensure you'll have a graphics card that lasts for years under heavy load.
On MSI's own website announcing the new MECH 2 cards, Scott Herkelman the new VP and GM of Radeon Technologies Group explains: "AMD Radeon has always been committed to the best interest of gamers: a dedication to open innovation such as our contributions to the DirectX and Vulkan APIs, a commitment to true transparency through industry standards like Radeon FreeSync technology, and a desire to expand the PC gaming ecosystem by enabling developers everywhere. It is these values that result in a thriving PC gaming community, and explain why so many gamers continue to rally behind the AMD Radeon brand".
MSI Radeon RX 580 MECH 2 OC specs:
- GPU: Polaris 20 (14nm)
- GPU base/boost clock: 1257/1340MHz
- VRAM: 8GB GDDR5 (8Gbps)
- Memory Bus: 256-bit
- Memory Bandwidth: 256GB/sec
- Power: 8-pin PCIe
- Display Output: 2 x DP, 2 x HDMI, 1 x DVI
- Slot Width: Dual-slot
Further GPU details:
- Shading Units: 2304
- TMUs: 144
- ROPs: 32
- Compute Units: 36
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