How does the process of making GPUs make graphics cards better? There is no single solution, and today's $ 280 launch of the Radeon RX 590 shows that Nvidia and AMD are taking two very different lines in the transition to the 12 nm process.
Nvidia uses extra space and improved processes to cram GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards with futuristic and radical hardware aimed at encouraging the application of real-time beam tracking and in-game machine learning. The weakness? The cheapest RTX option, RTX 2070, starts at $ 500. AMD takes a different tactic: the Radeon RX 590 is basically identical to the $ 240 8GB Radeon RX 580 under the hood, but shifting from 14nm to 12nm allows AMD to add a much higher clock speed than before - and preparing a new graphics card that challenges the huge price gap between $ 250 GTX 1060 and $ 370 GTX 1070.
Well, new. AMD (indeed) touting the price advantage of the Radeon / FreeSync ecosystem with the Radeon RX 590 release, supported by an aggressive bundle of three games that will soon be anticipated, but how many more companies can get out of the GPU Polaris architecture? The Radeon RX 580 has become a version of the Radeon RX 480 which is a little faster. Let's find out what happens when you dedicate an increase in the GPU process to the 11th crank clock speed.
AMD Radeon RX 590 specs, features, prices
There’s no need to delve deep into tech specs since the Radeon RX 590 is, for all intents and purposes, a faster version of the Radeon RX 580 (and RX 480). The clock speeds are the only significant difference, with the Radeon RX 580 topping out at 1,340MHz. That makes the new Radeon RX 590 more than 200MHz faster. (AMD says the Radeon RX 570 and RX 580 will remain on the market alongside the Radeon RX 590.)
Faster reference speed does not tell the whole story. AMD did not send a reference version of the Radeon RX 590, but instead relied on its board partners to distribute specially cooled models. Some, like the XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy that we tested today, the factory overclocked ship - became 1,580 MHz out of the box, in the Fatboy case. XFX says the card will overclock to 1,600 MHz does not matter, if you feel you want to mess around, because that is the frequency settings used by the company's laboratory during testing and qualification as part of the OC + XFX program. The card in the box explains how to use the AMD Radeon Wattman tool to activate a higher clock.
Encouraging this difficult Polaris AMD GPU architecture is not easy, it seems. Updating the Radeon RX 480 to RX 580 makes the power-hungry GPU even more powerful, and turning the Radeon RX 580 into an RX 590 seems to demand even more energy despite shrinking to 12nm. The four special cards were confirmed for the launch of the Radeon RX 590 - XFX Fatboy, Asus ROG Strix, Sapphire Nitro and PowerColor Red Devil - featuring sophisticated sophisticated cooling solutions with fans and heavy metal to tame this GPU power higher. draw (which we will detail later in the benchmarks section).
The XFX Radeon RX 590’s “Fatboy” cooler is basically the XFX RX 580’s GTS cooler on steroids—hence the name. The dual large fans on the sculpted shroud still make the card look kind of like a surprised owl. But the primary heatsink is much, much thicker: 25.96mm on the Fatboy, compared to 16.96mm on the RX 580 GTS models. That gives the heatsink a total surface area of 368,866mm2, or nearly 125,000mm2 more than the RX 580 GTS. Thick composite copper pipes snake throughout the thick heatsink, which sits atop a unibody VRM heatsink that facilitates better heat transfer to the main cooling apparatus.
This is a serious cooler—and, no surprise, a triple-slot graphics card. XFX equipped the Radeon RX 590 Fatboy with a branded backplate to keep all that heavy metal from sagging and help dissipate heat.
The always-received dual-BIOS switch allows you to choose between maximum performance or a quieter noise level. Our tests were carried out using the default BIOS Performance, even though the BIOS Quiet to reduce Fatboy was far more effective.
XFX loads the Radeon RX 590 Fatboy with trio DisplayPorts, HDMI ports and DVI-D. You need an 8-pin and a 6-pin power connector to run the graphics card, and XFX recommends a 600 watt power supply, up from the recommended 550W for the RX 580 XFX GTS GPU.
XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy will be launched at $ 280 Thursday on Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy, Walmart, Fry's, Microcenter, and Memory Express. But not all the graphics cards you will get for your money: AMD includes the "Blockbuster Game Bundle" with all the Radeon RX 590 sold at participating retailers. This bundle gives you free code for Division 2, Devil May Cry 5, and Resident Evil 2. You won't be able to play it right away, because the three hot triple-A games are scheduled to be launched early. in 2019.
With that, you know everything you need to know about XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy. Now let's see how.