AMD Radeon RX 590: specs and benchmarks

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RX 590
Radeon RX 590
  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1469
  • Max video memory 8 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 8000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2018
Performance 24.24


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.

RTX 4090GeForce RTX4090

General info

Some basic facts about Radeon RX 590: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking166
Value for money16.63
ArchitecturePolaris (2016−2019)
GPU code namePolaris 30
Market segmentDesktop
Release date15 November 2018 (4 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$279
Current price$382 (1.4x MSRP)of 158889 (A100 PCIe)
Value for money

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Technical specs

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 cores2304of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Core clock speed1469 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1545 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors5,700 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology12 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Power consumption (TDP)175 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate222.5of 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).

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length241 mm
Supplementary power connectors1x 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.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount8 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed8000 MHzof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Memory bandwidth256.0 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

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 Connectors1x 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.


API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX 590, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (12_0)
Shader Model6.4

Benchmark performance

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.

RX 590 24.24


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%

RX 590 9559

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%

RX 590 48454

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%

RX 590 23363

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

RX 590 14431

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%

RX 590 86825

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%

RX 590 16814

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%

RX 590 397712

SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RX 590 72

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%

RX 590 120

Gaming performance

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:

Full HD103

Performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 45−50

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 65
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 86
Battlefield 5 133
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 99
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
Far Cry 5 85
Far Cry New Dawn 88
Forza Horizon 4 120
Hitman 3 75−80
Horizon Zero Dawn 73
Red Dead Redemption 2 77
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 78
Watch Dogs: Legion 72

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 54
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 73
Battlefield 5 111
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 81
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
Far Cry 5 79
Far Cry New Dawn 83
Forza Horizon 4 113
Hitman 3 75−80
Horizon Zero Dawn 55
Metro Exodus 52
Red Dead Redemption 2 39
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 71
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 88
Watch Dogs: Legion 59

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 39
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 62
Battlefield 5 100
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
Far Cry 5 74
Far Cry New Dawn 76
Forza Horizon 4 91
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 51
Watch Dogs: Legion 35

High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 56
Hitman 3 40−45
Horizon Zero Dawn 37
Metro Exodus 31
Red Dead Redemption 2 25
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 30−35

Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 55
Battlefield 5 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 40−45
Far Cry New Dawn 58
Forza Horizon 4 50−55
Watch Dogs: Legion 25

High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 31
Hitman 3 21−24
Horizon Zero Dawn 19
Metro Exodus 19
Red Dead Redemption 2 16
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 32

Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 19
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 42
Battlefield 5 40
Cyberpunk 2077 8−9
Far Cry 5 24
Far Cry New Dawn 31
Forza Horizon 4 46
Watch Dogs: Legion 13

Relative perfomance

Radeon RX 590's performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.

NVIDIA equivalent

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.

GTX 1060 3 GBGeForce GTX1060 3 GB

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon RX 590:

Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

RX 5500 XTRadeon RX5500 XT
RX 580Radeon RX580
GTX 1060 6 GBGeForce GTX1060 6 GB
RX 480Radeon RX480
RX 470Radeon RX470

Recommended processors

These processors are most commonly used with Radeon RX 590 according to our statistics.

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