Sapphire Nitro+ RX 570 vs the MSI GTX 1080 Duke

Updated on January 15, 2018
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Hello everyone. Will here and today, I am bringing you a fairly one-sided comparison of graphics card performance. I have taken my MSI GTX 1080 Duke 8GB graphics card and put it up against my Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 570 4GB graphics card. The results are as expected but gives us a good feel for which is a better value, especially given the current state of graphics card pricing. Without further delay, let us get into this.

Sapphire Nitro+ RX 570 4GB Graphics Card

First, let us talk specifications of these two cards. The Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 570 4GB graphics card is middle of the road graphics card on the AMD platform and is built on the 14nm Polaris architecture. The card offers 2048 stream processors with a base core clock of 1325MHz, up from the 1168MHz base clock of the reference models. There are 4GB of GDDR5 memory with a 1750MHz memory clock. The Sapphire Nitro+ RX 570 graphics card supports a maximum of 5 outputs and has a single DL-DVI-D port, 2 HDMI 2.0b ports, and 2 DisplayPort 1.4 ports. The card supports OpenGL 4.5, DirectX 12 and Vulkan 1.0. Also supported is AMD CrossFire and AMD FreeSynch technology. For cooling, the card comes with the Dual-X 975mm fans; two ball bearing. Also, the card features NITRO Free Flow air flow, NITRO FanSafe and Fan Health check, and SAPPHIRE Quick Connect system. There is also a dual UEFI BIOS, NITRO Glow RGB LED lights, and the card draws just 195 watts TDP. AMD and Sapphire recommend a 500-watt power supply and the card requires an 8-pin and an optional 6-pin power connector.

MSI GTX 1080 Duke 8GB Graphics Card

Next up is the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Duke is an overclocked reference card from nVidia. The card comes with 8GB of GDDR5X (256-bit) video memory on a PCI Express x16 3.0 interface. The Duke touts a 10108 MHz memory clock speed 1708 base clock, 1847 boost clock, supports a maximum resolution up to 7680x4320 and a maximum of 4 displays. The card has 3 Display ports (version 1.4), an HDMI (Version 2.0) port, and a DL-DVI-D port, is compatible with 2-way SLI, and supports DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.5. The care measures 312x140x40mm and weighs 1124g with a TDP of 180w; MSI recommends 500w power supply to power the card through one (1) 8-pin and one (1) 6-pin connector.

The Gaming Benchmarks

In this comparison, I tested nine games, all at their highest settings. These cards and games were tested in my Intel Core i7-7700K system. The system of course has the Intel Core i7-7700K overclocked to 4.9GHz, cooled by the Corsair H60 all-in-one liquid CPU cooler. There is 16GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM clocked at 2800MHz with 8GB modules in dual configuration. These components are installed onto the MSI Z270 motherboard. Both cards were kept at their stock settings.

First up is the popular GTA V. The RX 570 got us to 77 FPS at a 1% low and 94 average FPS while the GTX 1080 netted a 1% low of 99 FPS and an average of 112 FPS. This wasn’t much of a test for the graphics cards as this game is more CPU intensive than GPU intensive but it is a commonly tested and asked for game so, I put it in the test suite this time around. Up next was Witcher III: Wild Hunt with nVidia hairworks off. The RX 570 fell behind here as it did with most games tested. I got a 1% low of 40 FPS and an average of 44 FPS while the GTX 1080 was able to get 82 FPS at a 1% low and an average of 85 FPS. Rise of the Tomb Raider was next and it was much of the same with results. The RX 570 pulled a 1% low of 42 FPS and average of 59 FPS while the GTX 1080 netted a 1% low of 97 FPS and an average of 177 FPS. Following Rise of the Tomb Raider, I tested Far Cry Primal with similar results. The RX 570 got me a 1% low of 47 FPS and an average of 56 FPS. The GTX 1080 ruled again with a 1% low of 94 FPS and an average of 114 FPS. Next game up was Tom Clancy’s The Division and the RX 570 fell behind again. I got a 1% low of 44 FPS and an average of 59 FPS while the GTX 1080 got a 1% low of 62 FPS and an average of 108 FPS. The classic eSport game, Overwatch was next. The RX 570 got a 1% low of 67 and an average of 101 FPS while the GTX 1080 got a 1% low of 179 and an average of 291. Doom came next and the RX 570 held its own in this game with a 1% low of 144 FPS and a 164 average FPS while the GTX 1080 pushed up against the game’s integrated frame cap with a 1% low of 199 FPS and an average of the maximum allowed by the game of 200 FPS. Battlefield 1 was next. The RX 570 got me a 1% low of 72 FPS and an average of 79 FPS while the GTX 1080 picked up a 1% low of 115 and an average of 143 FPS. Finally, Destiny 2 was up. The RX 570 gave a nice, playable experience with a 1% low of 68 and an average of 86 while the GTX 1080 got a 1% low of 119 and an average of 166 FPS.

Gaming Benchmarks

GAME
RX 570 (1% Low/Avg FPS)
GTX 1080 (1% Low/Avg FPS)
Grand Theft Auto V
77/94
99/112
Witcher III: Wild Hunt
40/44
82/85
Rise of the Tomb Raider
42/59
97/177
Far Cry Primal
47/56
94/114
Tom Clancy's The Division
44/59
62/108
Overwatch
67/101
179/291
Doom
144/164
199/200
Battlefield 1
72/79
115/143
Destiny 2
68/86
119/166

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. The RX 570 fell behind throughout as it is just the middle of the road offering compared to nVidia’s top end offering. The RX 570 will still give you a playable experience in every game here but the GTX 1080 will absolutely handle the RX 570 throughout. The GTX 1080 is approximately 88% faster overall as it pulled an average frame rate of the 9 games tested of 155.11 versus the RX 570’s average of the 9 games of 82.44 FPS. When performing a cost per frame analysis, you get an average cost of the average frames of $2.55 for the RX 570 and $3.22 for the GTX 1080. This means the GTX 1080 coasts 27% more per frame but given it gives you 69% more performance, the cost may be overlooked, in my opinion. So, better bang for the buck is the RX 570 but for better cost per performance, the GTX 1080 is your better option and will give you more longevity and overall use of your graphics card. So, in conclusion, I’d say go with the GTX 1080 Duke or grab yourself a GTX 1070 Ti if you can grab one for $450 or less. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again next time.

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