PowerColor Red Devil RX 590 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

PowerColor Red Devil RX 590 Review

Introduction

Such has been the efforts AMD have put into their Ryzen CPUs - with extraordinary results - the GPU side of their business has been slightly left behind. Development costs are always insane and it would be asking too much of a company to completely revise both elements of their companies portfolio at the same time.

However, the RX 580 was a very attractive mid-range card and a little bit of an upgrade is always welcome. The RX 590, here in PowerColor Red Devil guise, is based upon the same 4th Generation of the GCN Architecture, but with some of the always popular power creep in the form of faster clock speeds and a reduced manufacturing process allowing you to pump yet more Watts to the GPU.

Despite the high end of gaming being all about producing 4K splendour, the reality is that most people still game at the hugely popular 1080P resolution, the target audience for the RX 590. Does it improve upon the RX 580 enough to tempt your wallet?

Technical Specifications

As you can see, the RX 590 is largely a faster version of the RX 580, with the reduction in process from the 14nm of the old RX 580 to the smaller 12nm of the RX 590 enabling higher clock speeds and more power to be fed to the card, hopefully giving it a boost in performance when compared to the current Radeon 5 series range.

 Radeon RX 590Radeon RX 580
GCN Architecture4th Generation4th Generation
Manufacturing Process12nm FinFET14nm FinFET
Die Size232 mm2232 mm2
Compute Units3636
Stream Processors23042304
Clock Speed (Boost/Base)1545 MHz/1469 MHz1340 MHz/1257 MHz
Compute Performance7.1 TFLOPS6.17 TFLOPS
Texture Units144144
Texture Fill Rate222.4 GT/s190 GT/s
ROPs3232
Pixel Fill Rate49.5 GP/s42.9 GP/s
Memory Size8 GB8 GB
Memory Bandwidth256 GB/s256 GB/s
Memory Interface256 bit256 bit
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5
Board Power225W185W
Freesync SupportYesYes
DirectX 12 SupportYesYes
Vulkan SupportYesYes
Display Port Version1.3 HBR/1.4 HDR1.3 HBR/1.4 HDR
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Most Recent Comments

15-11-2018, 09:05:02

AlienALX
I really like it, but it's a little too expensive. For £299 atm you can get a really nice looking '56.

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/sapph...gx-38f-sp.html

Which kinda makes the £269 a bit too much. Like, £30 or so too much.

Edit, my manners. Thanks for the review Tom. It's nice and thorough, with plenty of pics and good info Quote

15-11-2018, 09:20:12

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
I really like it, but it's a little too expensive. For £299 atm you can get a really nice looking '56.

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/sapph...gx-38f-sp.html

Which kinda makes the £269 a bit too much. Like, £30 or so too much.

Edit, my manners. Thanks for the review Tom. It's nice and thorough, with plenty of pics and good info

Agreed, a 56 would be better but once you get to a 56 you can they argue about a 1070 and its never ending. 56's also require more power and better cooling blah blah blah

For the money this is a cracking 1080p card and would respond well to a freesync monitor too. Out of the two Ive tested this is by far the better option of the two.Quote

15-11-2018, 09:37:56

AlienALX
£30 lower for me. It'll happen too I reckon

But yeah agreed, still a great little card. Must also bear in mind this is like top end (well, other than the Strix LOL edition that is no doubt inbound lol).Quote

15-11-2018, 09:39:53

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
£30 lower for me. It'll happen too I reckon

But yeah agreed, still a great little card. Must also bear in mind this is like top end (well, other than the Strix LOL edition that is no doubt inbound lol).

That will probably cost more than that 56 unless they uuse the older style coolerQuote

15-11-2018, 09:40:59

AlienALX
haha no doubt dude. It'll probably cost as much as a cheap 1070.

Hopefully they will use the older cheaper cooler though, kinda like the one on the GTX 970 that actually wasn't that expensive at all.Quote
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