MSI Radeon RX 580 Mech 2 8 GB Review 45

MSI Radeon RX 580 Mech 2 8 GB Review

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Just a few weeks ago, MSI announced its Mech 2 lineup of custom-design AMD Radeon graphics cards lead by the Radeon RX 580 Mech 2 8 GB, which we have for review today. MSI won't officially comment on why the Mech 2 series exists when the company already has Gaming Series Radeon RX 500 series products, such as the RX 580 Gaming X, but media reports suggest that the series was raised to keep MSI in compliance with the now-dead GeForce Partner Program (GPP). ASUS made similar changes to its product stack with the AREZ Strix series. While the AREZ Strix graphics cards are completely identical to the original ASUS ROG Strix Radeon ones, MSI put in more effort to differentiate its products.

You won't be faulted for thinking the Radeon RX 580 Mech 2 is the same exact card as the RX 580 Gaming X at first glance, but look closer and you'll see quite a few differences. To begin with, the underlying TwinFrozr VII heatsink is slightly modified to now come with the heatpipe direct touch GPU base, while the Gaming X has one with a copper base. Also, the metal heatspreader over the memory chips and MOSFETs is gone. There's still a heatsink over the vGPU MOSFETs. The cooler shroud, too, has a different design and is less two-tone and more dark with a smattering of matte red. Lastly, there's a different backplate design that gets rid of the holes for a flat piece of metal with red highlights.

Differences aside, the underlying PCB of the Mech 2 RX 580 is the same exact one as the RX 580 Gaming X. It uses just a single 8-pin PCIe power input, and its display outputs include two HDMI, two DisplayPort, and one DVI. The Gaming Series "dragon" logo is missing all throughout the product.

The Radeon RX 580 Mech 2 8 GB and Gaming X share the same clock configuration, and both come with reference clocks on the memory and a 40 MHz GPU frequency overclock. With the PC hardware market finally snapping out of its crypto-delirium, you should be able to find the MSI RX 580 Mech 2 8 GB for around $350.

Radeon RX 580 Market Segment Analysis
RX 470$400 204832932 MHz1216 MHz1650 MHzEllesmere5700M4 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX 570$230 2048321168 MHz1244 MHz1750 MHzEllesmere5700M4 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 970$300 1664561051 MHz1178 MHz1750 MHzGM2045200M4 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX 480$500 2304321120 MHz1266 MHz2000 MHzEllesmere5700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
MSI RX 580 Mech 2$3502304321257 MHz1380 MHz2000 MHzEllesmere5700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX 580$250 2304321257 MHz1340 MHz2000 MHzEllesmere5700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 1060 3 GB$230 1152481506 MHz1708 MHz2002 MHzGP1064400M3 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1060$280 1280481506 MHz1708 MHz2002 MHzGP1064400M6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 980 Ti$390 2816961000 MHz1075 MHz1750 MHzGM2008000M6 GB, GDDR5, 384-bit
R9 Fury X$380 4096641050 MHzN/A500 MHzFiji8900M4 GB, HBM, 4096-bit
GTX 1070$400 1920641506 MHz1683 MHz2002 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX Vega 56$480 3584641156 MHz1471 MHz800 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1070 Ti$4302432641607 MHz1683 MHz2000 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
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