Radeon RX 590 Allegedly Up to 9 Percent Faster Than GeForce GTX 1060

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AMD's forthcoming Radeon RX 590 graphics card was spotted in 3DMark's database this month. One week later, the graphics card has popped up again, but this time around, on Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV benchmark scoreboard. For the first time, we get a glimpse of the Radeon RX 590's real-world performance and how it fares against other graphics cards, especially Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 6GB.

Radeon RX 590 vs. GeForce GTX 1060 6GB


Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
AMD Radeon RX 590
Performance Difference
2560 x 1440, Lite Quality
5,993
6,3986.76%
2560 x 1440, Standard Quality
4,468
4,8027.48%
2560 x 1440, High Quality
3,5953,570
-0.7%
3840 x 2160, Lite Quality
3,262
3,528
8.15%
3840 x 2160, Standard Quality
2,3222,5379.26%
3840 x 2160, High Quality
1,9842,1226.96%

Radeon RX 590 is primed to complete with the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. Based on these numbers, the Radeon RX 590 performs around 7.48 percent faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 at 2560 x 1440 and up to 9.26 percent at 3840 x 2160.

Radeon RX 590 vs. Radeon RX 580


AMD Radeon RX 580
AMD Radeon RX 590
Performance Difference
2560 x 1440, Lite Quality
5,793
6,39810.44%
2560 x 1440, Standard Quality
4,3244,80211.05%
2560 x 1440, High Quality
3,1593,570
13.01%
3840 x 2160, Lite Quality
3,1643,528
11.5%
3840 x 2160, Standard Quality
2,2922,53710.69%
3840 x 2160, High Quality
1,8162,12216.85%

Past leaks have shown that the Radeon RX 590 is roughly about eight percent faster than AMD's current Radeon RX 580 on synthetic benchmarks. The latest scores from the Final Fantasy XV benchmark reveal that the Radeon RX 590 is reportedly up to 13 percent faster than the Radeon RX 580 at the 2560 x 1440 resolution. The performance gap jumps as high as 16.85 percent at the 3840 x 2160 resolution.

However, it's hard to assess a graphics card's performance by a single benchmark. We would need to submit the Radeon RX 590 to more tests. Still, if these numbers prove accurate, this is does look like a promising start for AMD's upcoming refresh.

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  • Brian_R170
    1. Is it faster than the new GTX 1060 with GDDR5X?
    2. Does it still consume 50% more power than the GTX 1060?
  • King_V
    Huh... I had my doubts. I wanted this refresh to be a real thing, but was really wondering if it was just wishful thinking.

    But it looks like it may be legit, now. I hope.


    In any case, when testing cards, is it possible to add ultrawide resolutions to the mix of benchmarks?

    I don't know how widespread it actually is for gaming, but I imagine there are a number of 2560x1080 and 3440x1440 users out there these days.

    I've generally been guesstinating that
    2560x1080 would be about 3/4 of the frame rate of 1920x1080
    3440x1440 would be about 3/4 of 2560x1440
    3840x1600 would be about 4/3 of 3840x2160

    However, I'm pretty sure that estimating it as "proportional to the number of pixels" is probably extremely questionable, accuracy-wise.


    But I can't be the only one interested in seeing ultrawide resolutions included in the benchmarks, can I?
  • King_V
    1696401 said:
    1. Is it faster than the new GTX 1060 with GDDR5X? 2. Does it still consume 50% more power than the GTX 1060?



    This actually brings up something else I'm interested in. Once all these cards are out and available, a performance roundup, with current drivers, of all 5 variants of the 1060, and including the RX 570, 580, and 590. Ideally with both 4 and 8GB variants of the 570 and 580, so we can get a real picture of where and how the VRAM limit becomes an issue (something that really hurts the 3GB variant of the 1060, on certain games - we know this with Nvidia, but where does the having only 4GB vs 8GB come into play for AMD cards?)

    As to the second point, the added power consumption, while not a good look for AMD, may pale alongside the fact that it works with FreeSync.

    I was actually considering a GTX 1070 for my son's computer, but may consider the RX 590 as my son's monitor is a 34" LG ultrawide (2560x1080) with FreeSync in the range of 50-144, and the LFC feature.