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AMD Radeon RX 590 Review: The Refresh Of A Refresh Is Here

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Nov 15, 2018 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: AMD

Final Thoughts

 

AMD has an interesting release with its Radeon RX 590, which stands as a refresh of the Radeon RX 580 on 12nm but it doesn't end there. There are three bundled games which give you approximately $180 worth of value inside of the $279 price of the RX 590, until you realize the RX 580 can be had for as little as $209 on Amazon.

 

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NVIDIA's mid-range GeForce GTX 1060 is $259 on Amazon, coming in a little cheaper than the Radeon RX 590 (and its bundled games, which needs to be pointed out now) and more expensive than the now-replaced Radeon RX 580.

 

But the games become center focus for AMD and its new Radeon RX 590, because if you were to buy it you're spending more money than the GTX 1060, but receiving 3 games you can either keep and play with (and save over $100) or sell them and recoup $50-$100 and come out way ahead than if you purchased the RX 580 or GTX 1060. If you were buying of these games anyway, you're ahead instantly.

 

At the same time I don't like AMD forcing bundles down gamers' throats while increasing the price of the card by over $50, that's just not right. If the Radeon RX 590 included something like Battlefield V, or at least a key for it - then you're benefiting by receiving one of the biggest releases of the year that even if you don't play, it's big enough to sell the code to someone who wants the game and already has a good enough graphics card. Even then, it's still a stretch.

 

 

The 3-game bundle is a great idea as it will definitely bring much needed eye balls to Radeon again, but if you've already got a Radeon RX 480 or even RX 580, there's not enough here to justify buying the RX 590. If however, you had the Radeon R9 290X or R9 390X and didn't jump to the Radeon RX 480 or RX 580, and you didn't want to change to NVIDIA or want to spend the additional $130 up to the Radeon RX Vega 56... then the RX 590 becomes an even sweeter deal.

 

AMD's Radeon RX Vega 56 still sells for $409 or so on Amazon (at least at the time of writing) and it comes with no games, and while it might be faster than the RX 590 it's also much more expensive, hotter, and louder. 1080p 60-144Hz LCD owners will feel safe with the Radeon RX 590, as too will 1440p 60Hz gamers (as well as 120FPS+ depending on the game).

 

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If there's one big takeaway from all of this, it's that AMD has filled a gap of the market a little more with its Radeon RX 590. It's a little faster than the RX 580 and GTX 1060, is more expensive than them both but it's cheaper than the Radeon RX Vega 56. I wouldn't recommend anyone to buy Vega in any form in 2018 let alone 2019, as there are far better options in the GeForce GTX 1070, GTX 1070 Ti, GTX 1080 and now the GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080.

 

 

Wrapping Up

 

First off, let's break the prices down of the cards on Amazon. This is what I found with a quick search:

 

  • RX 580: $209
  • GTX 1060: $259
  • RX 590: $279 (3 free games)
  • Vega 56: $409

 

There are some great specials on the Radeon RX 580 right now so it makes recommending the RX 590 over the RX 580 a little hard, but let's break it down. I'll use myself as an example: I only play Overwatch, and have just recently gotten into Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Blackout only, it's pretty good) and now Battlefield V.

 

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I don't need those games and wouldn't want to pay the additional $70 for the Radeon RX 590 even if it comes with the 3 games, but if AMD is providing keys that you could re-sell, or give to friends or family... then maybe. However, if you were going to buy a new Radeon RX 580 and one of those games then you would be silly to not grab the Radeon RX 590 now that it's out.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)90%
Quality (build, design, cooling)90%
General Features (display outputs, etc)90%
Bundle, Packaging & Software100%
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: AMD might not have much NEW to offer with Radeon RX 590 apart from the 12nm process, it fills a gap that NVIDIA isn't dominating. The game bundle is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Better-than-RX 580 performance and a bunch of free games? Alrighty then.

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