The first models of the AMD Radeon RX 590 have come to the retail shelves. Thanks to a more modern way of manufacturing GPU, the Polaris update has a significantly higher clock rate than the AMD Radeon RX 580, and also leaves the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in a test of the PC Games hardware.
AMDs expect Polaris Refresh has reached its first retail shelves. As you can see in the pricing of PC Games Hardware (from 15:11, 19:30) there are four models of the new AMD Radeon RX 590, of which three are also available in some online stores. Our PC Games Hardware colleagues have also released a test investigating the AMD Radeon RX 580 update under the magnifying glass. With a smaller footprint of 12 nanometers, the new AMD Polaris 30 XT graphics card from the AMD Radeon RX 590 works more efficiently than the older Polaris 20 GPU, manufactured with a 14 nanometer manufacturing process. The filigree manufacturing method allows for higher clock values without the need for electricity and thus the heat becomes a problem.
The PC Games hardware certifies that the AMD Radeon RX 590 works better than the AMD Radeon RX 580, which is greater than the relative performance tuning of the AMD Radeon RX 580 compared with the AMD Radeon RX 480. The AMD Radeon RX 590 also leaves Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 behind PC Play machine performance test. However, because the AMD Radeon RX 580 is currently very cheap, the price development for the new AMD Radeon RX 590 should be particularly interesting in the coming weeks. These four models are already listed:
- XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy, 1469 MHz standard, 1580 MHz boost, from 259 euros
- Power Color Radeon RX 590 Red Devil, 1469 MHz standard, 1576 MHz boost clock, from 289 euro
- Safir Nitro + Radeon RX 590 8GD5 Special Edition, 1469 MHz standard, 1560 MHz boost clock, from 299 Euro
- Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 590, 1469 MHz standard, 1565 MHz boost clock, not yet available
Incidentally, the new AMD Radeon RX 590 is also interesting as you will get a bundle of games with three announced games through an AMD campaign at participating retailers, which you can download on their release: Remake of Resident Evil 2 (January 2019) and Devil May Cry 5 and Tom Clancy's Division 2 (both March 2019). The AMD Radeon RX 570 and RX 580 also have bundles, but you have to choose two of the three titles.