AMD Radeon RX 590 Roundup – PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX


Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used as we switched over to a new system for this review. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit version 1803 and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we’ve always done out testing ‘hot’ since the site started back more than 15 years ago.

Video Cards & Drivers used for testing:

  • AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 18.11.2 For Radeon Cards
  • NVIDIA GeForce 399.24 WHQL for GeForce GTX Cards & 411.51 WHQL for GeForce RTX

Intel Z370 Test Platform

The Intel X99 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the Gigabyte AORUS Z370 Gaming 7 motherboard with BIOS F2 that came out in July 2018. We went with the Intel Core i7-8086K processor and left it at stock speeds. The HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 memory kit we used was a 32GB kit (4x8GB) and while it is rated at 3600MHz, but we actually ran it at 3200MHz at CL17 1T memory timings. We did this to use a more common memory speed. The Samsung SSD 970 EVO 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair RM1000x power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up.

GPU Test System Settings

Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:

The Intel Z370 Test Platform



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Processor Intel Core i7-8086K
Gigabyte Z370 Gaming 7
32GB HyperX RGB 3600MHz DDR4
Video Card Various
Solid-State Drive Samsung SSD 970 EVO 1TB
Cooling Corsair Hydro H115i
Power Supply Corsair RM1000x
Case HighSpeed PC Top Deck Tech Station
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Monitor Acer Predator X27 4K HDR

PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 590 GPU-Z

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 590 Special Edition GPU-Z

XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy GPU-Z

Let’s move on to the Rainbow Six Siege benchmark results!