• SPECIFICATIONS
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX590
  • Memory: 4GB GDDR5
  • Clockspeed: 1,576MHz (Core), 2,000 MHz (Memory)
  • Ports: 1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
  • Slot Size: Dual-Slot
  • Other: 256-bit interface, 2304 stream processors
  • Dimensions: 225 x 128 x 38 mm
  • Pros:
  • Very quiet
  • Cons:
  • Can’t overclock much

The Devil Is In The House

It has been a quiet year for AMD’s GPU division, but leaks of a new Radeon card finally surfaced a few weeks ago. So it was to our pleasant surprise when AMD contacted us about reviewing a new AMD GPU manufactured by PowerColor. On our hands is the new PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 590.

There’s no reinventing of the wheel here, for PowerColor went with a familiar black and red colour scheme for the Red Devil Radeon RX590. It has a solid metal shroud that has two 80mm fans attached to it, with a fan mute system where it won’t spin if the GPU is not above a preset temperature. There’s also a backplate to keep the card from bending, as it is quite heavy for its size.

Being a rather thick GPU, it takes up quite a bit of space on motherboards. You should still be able to run a CrossFire setup, thanks to how well spaced out PCIe slots are these days but the blower fans will have less space to work with, which might affect the overall thermal performance. On the other hand, it’s also a short card, so you could fit it in smaller mATX or mini-ITX systems if you want to.

The fan and cooling shroud take up quite a bit of space

The fan and cooling shroud take up quite a bit of space

For output, it covers all the modern options with one DVI, one HDMI and DisplayPort. This clear push towards DisplayPort might make multi-screen setups using older displays an issue, but you should still be able to dual-screen without having to buy newer monitors that may not necessarily have DisplayPort available.

According to the Radeon RX 590’s spec sheet, it’s supposed to have a max power draw of 225 Watts but this PowerColor model used around 178 to 180 Watts in our synthetic benchmarks. This means that it’s possible to overclock the card a bit more for extra mileage. In terms of positioning, this card should handily beat Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 cards but will be below or at most on par with a GeForce GTX 1070.

In games, we got frame rates around the range of 57-59 FPS (without overclock) for The Witcher 3, Battlefield 1 and Rise of the Tomb Raider. That’s quite impressive, considering that you can max out the graphical settings at 1080p and get stable 60FPS if you give it an overclock boost.

Despite some slight overclocking, it still stayed around the 60-ish °C range

Despite slight overclocking, it still stayed around the 60-ish °C range

Thermal performance is decent too, with an idle temperature of 22°C and a max of only 66°C  before overclocks, inside an air-conditioned office. It’s relatively quiet as well, which is great if you’re aiming for a silent build.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A GPU that can potentially be a great value buy, but isn’t the most stable for overclocking

(to be published in issue December 2018)

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