Radeon RX 590: Squeeze the Polaris to the edge

Increased frequency, increased price - and much more power consumed: The 590 RX is officially launched everywhere

While in the primary processor market Blooms thanks to annual updates of the Zen cores that provide increasing and varied competition to those of , In the graphics processor market, the situation is a little less attractive with a pair of existing architectures that seem to have already given us everything they have to offer - and all that is left now is mainly the continuation of the generation- Which may replace both simultaneously during 2019.

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In what seems to be an attempt to dispel the commercial calm without reinventing the wheel, RX 590 - a little like RX 580 on steroids, with higher working frequencies than ever before for cores - Thanks to the transition to a slightly updated production process of 12 nm at GlobalFoundries, similar to that used by processors 2000.

There is a new (almost) production process

Radeon RX 590 will offer as expected a complete Polaris core with 2,304 performance units and 8GB of 5GHz memory at GDDR8 - with increased 1,469MHz working frequencies as a base and 1,545MHz in Boost mode should allow for direct performance improvements of about 11 per RX 580 - and approximately 22 percent relative to RX 480 two and a half years ago.

The level of performance was expected - but the price does not make it particularly meaningful
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The number of Radeon RX 590 models available in the market is expected to be limited, Provides information on four models from Asus, PowerColor, XFX and Sapphire - all designed and developed independently because no reference design can be used to reduce resources and accelerate processes, which probably explains why not all players decided to adopt this new piece. All these are intended to bear the official recommended price of 280 USD, in accordance with the guideline of herself.

High power consumption limits the existing speed to a rather minor level - only about 5 percent above what the models offer
Source images: anandtech.com, hardwarecanucks.com

The first reviews for the RX 590 has successfully demonstrated an advantage over 10 in most tests against the X- RX 580 and also the GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB's Graphic, as close as a touch from the Ti as well as maintaining reasonable operating temperatures of slightly more than 80 ° C under full effort and with reasonable noise intensities - but the main problem here is the increased power envelope of 225 watts (compared to 185 watts for the RX 580) In the real world, as well as a cost that embodies the addition of 80 dollars (!) Compared to the lowest prices for the model The most senior ex.

The number of models is modest, without revision versions - and this may adversely affect the overall availability and competitive prices of practical

The RX 590 is not a bad or bad product, and even one that manages to surprise us positively with some parameters - but it is certainly an illustration of the fact that the X- She had exhausted herself and needed to retire. We hope that the practical prices in the market will fall rapidly to below the nominal value and will make it a real find for those looking for a worthy upgrade in the near future.

We are pleased that this card was created - but also hope to be the last one to use Polaris

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