MSI Radeon RX 570/580 MECH 2 Review (Page 1)

MSI Radeon RX 570/580 MECH 2 Review

MSI refreshes its mid-range RX 500 series with 'MECH 2' branded Radeon RX 570 and Radeon RX 580 graphics cards.

| Aug 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm CDT
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MSI

Introduction, Availability and Price

MSI made their new Radeon RX 570 and Radeon RX 580 MECH 2 graphics cards known on July 31 without unboxing and first impressions right here, so I won't spend too much time re-introducing the card.


The new RX 570 MECH 2 will fall into the $300-$320 category where it will directly compete against NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060, and able to handle games at 1080p 60FPS without a problem. If you want 10-20% more performance the more expensive RX 580 MECH 2 will be the one for you, but it's not worth it if you're only wanting to hit 1080p 60FPS.

MSI has used a fully custom PCB on the two MECH 2 graphics cards, with impressive thermal performance throughout our benchmarking and gaming sessions on both cards. They both don't get loud either, which is another win for MSI. They're also stylish looking cards, which is important these days with RGB lights going off in gaming PCs that light up the backplate on the MECH 2 cards beautifully.

But do you need to be paying attention to the RX 570/580 MECH 2 cards? Well, considering the holidays are right around the corner, it is a great time to build a new gaming PC.

NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 11 series graphics cards are supposedly launching in the next month or so with custom GTX 1180 and GTX 1170 graphics cards to launch in August/September from various AIB partners, including MSI. Between now and Q2 2019, there will be no new Radeon GPUs released meaning MSI has something new in Radeon with its MECH 2 cards. It might not be new technology, but a refreshed cheaper option of the RX 570 and RX 580 isn't a bad thing.

80% of gamers are playing with 1080p monitors so an RX 570 is a perfect upgrade headed into huge releases like Battlefield V and the likes of Fortnite, PUBG, Overwatch, League of Legends, CS:GO, and tons of other games that run like butter on the RX 570 at 1080p 60FPS. This is where the MECH 2 cards stand out, and why we'll go into more detail about them in this review.

MSI will be selling the new Radeon RX 570 MECH 2 for around $300-$320 while the RX 580 MECH 2 will sell for $350-$370.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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