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April 2, 2022 0 Comments

SAPPHIRE NITRO + Radeon RX 590 8GB Detailed Review

AMD shows a different strategy when figuring out the Polaris range of graphics cards. The focus was now on mid-range and entry-level cards and the flagships will follow later. About two and a half years later, we still see the same Polaris cards. The Polaris itself was a significant improvement over previous generations of Radeon graphics cards, and the roadmaps certainly show an upward trend but we have yet to see a worthy successor to the Polaris lineup. Looking at the recently announced Radeon VII it looks like it will turn everything around. Hopefully, we’ll find out in a few weeks.

Coming back to the Radeon RX 590, this is another modification of the RX 480. The RX 480 was followed by the RX 580 which had the same GPU configuration but with slight improvements that allowed it to scale to slightly higher frequencies. However, the power requirement of the board has increased from 150 watts designed for RX 480 to 185 watts. So no one can really say that process improvements have helped a lot due to the increase in power consumption. Now that we have the RX 590 which is a slightly improved version of the RX 580, let’s see what the rent is like in the current environment.

AMD Radeon RX 590 Specification

The three columns were virtually the same because the GPU architecture was the same. The clock speed has improved a lot and the general board power values ‚Äč‚Äčalso match the clock speed.






















AMD Radeon RX Series Specification

SKU

RX 590

RX 580

RX 480

Stream processor

2304

2304

2304

Compute unit

36

36

36

Texture unit

144

144

144

ROPs

32

32

32

Base clock

1469 MHz

1257 MHz

1120 MHz

Boost watch

1560 MHz

1340 MHz

1266 MHz

Memory type

GDDR5

GDDR5

GDDR5

Memory clock

8 Gbps

8 Gbps

8 Gbps

Memory bus width

256-bit

256-bit

256-bit

VRAM

8 GB

8 GB

8 GB

Transistor count

5.7B

5.7B

5.7B

General board strength

225W

185W

150W

Method of making

GloFo / Samsung 12nm

GloFo 14nm

GloFo 14nm

Architecture

GCN 4

GCN 4

GCN 4

GPU

Polaris 30

Polaris 20

Polaris 10

Launch price

USD 279

USD 229

USD 239

Another key element that stands out is moving to a smaller process node. It was at the center of much controversy, with people claiming that the GLOBALFOUNDRIES 12nm process node was an explanation of Samsung’s 14nm process node. So is it actually 12nm? Well, none of the size of the transistor actually looks like that. The actual value of the various components of the transistor is much higher than 12 or 14nm. Fabs call it 12nm or 14nm to keep things simple. The differences between the two production processes are huge and what we can read is marketing monikers to keep things simple. The reality here is that the GLOBALFOUNDRIES 12nm is an improvement over the 14nm process node and therefore the RX 590 can be clocked higher. It will definitely consume more power which is why the TXP of the RX 590 is now 225 watts and the GloFo 14nm based RX 580 185 watts. The average user would not be allowed to acquire these watches simply by increasing the power on the board.

Performance

Our test rig has been upgraded to keep up with the times and new Windows releases. This means that not all of our legacy scores are comparable, especially as CPU performance has increased significantly. Here’s what we’re running at the moment.

Processor – Intel Core i9 9900K
CPU Cooler – Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
Motherboard – ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO
RAM – 2x 8 GB G.Skill Trident Z Royal 3200 MHz
SSD – Corsair MP510
PSU – Corsair HX1050

Graphics card:
RTX 2060
AMD RX 590
GTX 1060 (6GB)

We run a general set of synthetics on the RX 590, including the benchmarks of 3DMark, Unigine, Compubench and a few more. Here’s how the RX 590 worked.

In all our synthetic benchmarks, the Sapphire NITRO + Radeon RX 590 matches the NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB variant equally. Since a few benchmarks can actually flood the frame buffer, we don’t see any difference in scores. Most 3DMark benchmarks also run in their default configuration FHD or lower resolution. The RX 590’s large frame buffer should prove itself at the gaming benchmarks at 1440p and 2160p, although the card isn’t really designed for the latter. The recently released new genre RTX 2060 is ahead of both cards. However, it’s much more expensive than the RX 590 and GTX 1060, so it’s not really an Apple-to-Apple comparison. We’ll see what the RX 590 fare will look like against the upcoming GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti, which is thought to be the successor to the GTX 1060. Let’s move on to the gaming benchmarks

In all our video game benchmarks, the Sapphire NITRO + Radeon RX 590 has a clear lead over the old NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB graphics card. With the exception of The Witcher 3, in all other games, the Sapphire NITRO + Radeon RX 590 gets higher frame rates at 2160p and 1440p. Although the games are not playable at 2160p with all the i-Candy running on any mid-range card, you can easily reduce the AA and get a playable frame rate. It will be an extension so we don’t recommend it, just know that possibilities exist. The higher frame buffer of RX 590 helps to get better performance at 1440p and 2160p. Both cards use older GDDR5 memory. Compared to the recently released RTX 2060, both mid-range cards present a problem.

Pricing

The Sapphire NITRO + Radeon RX 590 is priced at Rs 26,900 in some popular computer specialist stores. The same SKU sells for around 26 265 which is roughly 25K INR inclusive of tax, so it seems to hold up fairly and is not the ridiculous price we first saw with the RX 480 at launch. What makes the deal even sweeter is that AMD is currently offering three AAA games with the Sapphire NITRO + Radeon RX 590, not one but three. Each is priced at Rs 2,999. If we offset this cost from the graphics card, we are paying 17 17,900 for this special SKU and all the other partner cards participating in the bundle offer.

To better understand this, we created a graph to show the value of money for each of these cards based on the 3DMark Ultra score vs. their current India value. The blue line indicates the price-to-performance ratio whereas the red line is an indicator of the relative performance of the card. Without the game bundle, the RTX 2060 offers the highest value for money compared to the RX 590. The older GTX 1060 doesn’t even come close. However, when considering the bundle that effectively offsets Rs 9000 from the price, we will be a clear winner. Plus, it’s an 8GB card which means it has more memory, though slower than the GDDR6, for playing large texture files for games. The RX 590 with Game Bundle is the best deal you can get right now One may ask why the AMD card does not sell for Rs 17,900. Well, AMD doesn’t get these games at retail, so getting these games through AMD saves money for the consumer at the end of the day. The GTX 1070 Ti would be a better option if we offset the cost of additional memory. However, the two cards use different memory technologies. The RTX 2060 has fast GDDR6 memory with a growing bandwidth of 336 GB / s whereas the GTX 1070 Ti tops the list at 256 GB / s which means the RTX 2060 has more overhead and thus less interruption. Please do not start our SLI. TL; DR – RTX 2060 gives you the best leg for your money

Sapphire NITRO + Radeon RX 590 8GB judgment

The RX 590 is an attractive graphics card. It’s better than the stock GTX 1060 but probably better by an overclocked GTX 1060. However, getting the same chip for three years in a row seems to be an extension. AMD was clearly affected by the departure of King Koduri but such technologies have already been developed. It would not be a mistake to assume that AMD has something better for the mid-range segment, especially given that the next generation consoles will be launched in 2020 (probably) and the developing consoles have already moved to larger studios. We should explain what the next generation of Radeon VII is capable of, although we may take some time to see a new architecture. For those wondering if they should get an RX 590 for mid-range gaming, you must consider the fact that the included bundle makes it a sweet deal that you will get for a while. This is a good mid-range graphics card but you can’t go wrong with a GTX 1060 or an RX 580 because all three cards are good for 1080p gaming. All you have to think about is whether you want three free games.

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