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AMD Radeon RX 590: specs and benchmarks
- Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
- Core clock speed 1469
- Max video memory 8 GB
- Memory type GDDR5
- Memory clock speed 8000
- Maximum resolution
AMD started Radeon RX 590 sales 15 November 2018 at a recommended price of $279. This is a desktop graphics card based on a Polaris architecture and made with 12 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamer market. 8 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 8 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 256.0 GB/s.
Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 241 mm. 1x 8-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 175 Watt.
It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at
of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.
Some basic facts about Radeon RX 590: architecture, market segment, release date etc.
|Place in performance ranking||166|
|Value for money||16.63|
|GPU code name||Polaris 30|
|Release date||15 November 2018 (4 years old)|
|Launch price (MSRP)||$279|
|Current price||$382 (1.4x MSRP)||of 158889 (A100 PCIe)|
Radeon RX 590's specs such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon RX 590's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
|Pipelines / CUDA cores||2304||of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)|
|Core clock speed||1469 MHz||of 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)|
|Boost clock speed||1545 MHz||of 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)|
|Number of transistors||5,700 million||of 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)|
|Manufacturing process technology||12 nm||of 4 (GeForce RTX 4080)|
|Power consumption (TDP)||175 Watt||of 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)|
|Texture fill rate||222.5||of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)|
Size and compatibility
This section provides details about the physical dimensions of Radeon RX 590 and its compatibility with other computer components. This information is useful when selecting a computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics cards, it includes details about the interface and bus (for motherboard compatibility) and additional power connectors (for power supply compatibility).
|Interface||PCIe 3.0 x16|
|Supplementary power connectors||1x 8-pin|
Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 590: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.
|Maximum RAM amount||8 GB||of 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)|
|Memory bus width||256 Bit||of 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)|
|Memory clock speed||8000 MHz||of 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)|
|Memory bandwidth||256.0 GB/s||of 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)|
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 590. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.
|Display Connectors||1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort|
Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon RX 590. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
APIs supported by Radeon RX 590, sometimes including their particular versions.
Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon RX 590. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.
Combined synthetic benchmark score
This is our combined benchmark performance score. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.
This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.
Benchmark coverage: 24%
3DMark Vantage Performance
3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.
Benchmark coverage: 16%
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.
Benchmark coverage: 16%
3DMark Fire Strike Score
Benchmark coverage: 13%
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.
Benchmark coverage: 13%
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.
Benchmark coverage: 13%
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.
Benchmark coverage: 8%
SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase
Benchmark coverage: 2%
SPECviewperf 12 - 3ds Max
This part of SPECviewperf 12 benchmark emulates work with 3DS Max, executing eleven tests in various use scenarios, including architectural modeling and animation for computer games.
Benchmark coverage: 1%
Send your test results of Radeon RX 590.
Let's see how good Radeon RX 590 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.
Average FPS across all PC games
Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:
Performance in popular games
|Assassin's Creed Odyssey||65|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||86|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare||99|
|Far Cry 5||85|
|Far Cry New Dawn||88|
|Forza Horizon 4||120|
|Horizon Zero Dawn||73|
|Red Dead Redemption 2||77|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||78|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||72|
|Assassin's Creed Odyssey||54|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||73|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare||81|
|Far Cry 5||79|
|Far Cry New Dawn||83|
|Forza Horizon 4||113|
|Horizon Zero Dawn||55|
|Red Dead Redemption 2||39|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||71|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||88|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||59|
|Assassin's Creed Odyssey||39|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||62|
|Far Cry 5||74|
|Far Cry New Dawn||76|
|Forza Horizon 4||91|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||51|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||35|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare||56|
|Horizon Zero Dawn||37|
|Red Dead Redemption 2||25|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||30−35|
|Assassin's Creed Odyssey||24−27|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||55|
|Far Cry 5||40−45|
|Far Cry New Dawn||58|
|Forza Horizon 4||50−55|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||25|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare||31|
|Horizon Zero Dawn||19|
|Red Dead Redemption 2||16|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||24|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||32|
|Assassin's Creed Odyssey||19|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||42|
|Far Cry 5||24|
|Far Cry New Dawn||31|
|Forza Horizon 4||46|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||13|
Radeon RX 590's performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.
According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon RX 590 is GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our ranking.
Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon RX 590:
Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.
These processors are most commonly used with Radeon RX 590 according to our statistics.
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