• 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
  • Decent OC potential
  • Cons:
  • Quite power hungry

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 RX590.

There’s no reinventing of the wheel here, with the RX590 very similar to the RX580. In this case, it still sports a solid metal shroud that has two 80mm fans attached to it and a backplate to keep the card from bending, as it is also quite heavy for its size. There’s also two switches found on the PCB, though we’re not sure if that’s universal on the RX590 or unique to this PowerColor model.

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

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

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 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.
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.

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

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

According to the Radeon RX590’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 be around the level of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1050 Ti.
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 over 60FPS if you overclock it. In our test, we managed core clock of 1,650 MHz.

Thermal performance is decent too, with it an idle 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 it’s in an awkward spot and is not significantly better than a RX580.

(to be published in issue December 2018)

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