Monday, February 4th 2019

MSI Announces, Releases Its RX 590 Armor Graphics Card

This should be old news by now, but it actually isn't: MSI is just now releasing their iteration of the AMD Radeon RX 590 SKU. Perhaps the company decided that the product wasn't too differentiated from the previous RX 480 and RX 580 graphics cards so as to justify all the resources they'd have to pour through to its development; or they wanted to first sell through their RX 580 inventory, and have now struck a good balance with stocks of the old and the new.

Whatever the reason, the fact is that MSI's first RX 590, launched in the Armor series - it isn't even in the gaming X department - has been released, three months later, in two variants: Armor and Armor OC (the latter is running a paltry 20 MHz higher than the non-OC version, so). The 12 nm, Polaris 30 XT graphics card draws power from an 8-pin connector, and video outputs include 2x DisplayPort, 2x HDMI, and 1x DVI. It's a dual-slot affair, like almost all MSI graphics cards, and all Armor ones. No word as of yet on availability nor pricing.
Source: Videocardz
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10 Comments on MSI Announces, Releases Its RX 590 Armor Graphics Card

#1
claster17
The return of the cost-optimized garbage cooler.
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#2
yakk
So MSI releases their first 590 card with their worst cooler... ooooook.... :banghead:
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#3
Chloe Price
Yippee, RX 480 v3

I just miss the old days when things were simple. There are just too many brands these days, is these Armor series like some value ones or what?
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
I would open the vents further
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claster17
Chloe Price, post: 3987670, member: 123719"
is these Armor series like some value ones or what?
Since the Armor series usually combines the GamingX-PCB with a barely sufficient cooler, it is a cheaper alternative for people who plan to mount a different cooler (e.g. waterblock) but still want the better PCB.
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
claster17, post: 3988267, member: 174303"
Since the Armor series usually combines the GamingX-PCB with a barely sufficient cooler, it is a cheaper alternative for people who plan to mount a different cooler (e.g. waterblock) but still want the better PCB.
So are you telling me these are just as bad as the gigabyte windforce cards?
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claster17
eidairaman1, post: 3988440, member: 40556"
So are you telling me these are just as bad as the gigabyte windforce cards?
I think only the Aorus series gets the better PCBs. At least traditionally Windforce cards were less overbuilt and more similar to reference boards.
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
claster17, post: 3989239, member: 174303"
I think only the Aorus series gets the better PCBs. At least traditionally Windforce cards were less overbuilt and more similar to reference boards.
I am not talking about the PCB I am talking about the cooler
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Chloe Price
claster17, post: 3988267, member: 174303"
Since the Armor series usually combines the GamingX-PCB with a barely sufficient cooler, it is a cheaper alternative for people who plan to mount a different cooler (e.g. waterblock) but still want the better PCB.
Ah, thanks. So an Armor card would be fine for me since I'm exactly going to put a waterblock when I'm getting a new card. 2060 maybe, dunno yet.
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#10
Vycyous
MSI was the worst offender during Nvidia's "GeForce Partner Program" and they continue to show their seemingly unabashed preference for Intel and Nvidia, as further evidenced by some decidedly odd statements made by their CEO in an interview with Tom's Hardware. Even though Nvidia canceled the "GPP" due to public outcry (and possible fear of legal action for anti-competitive, monopolistic business tactics), MSI has continued to abide by Nvidia's terms and no longer produces premium-branded AMD graphics cards, along with "cleansing" their Nvidia-based products and packaging of the color red (aside from their logo).

Personally, I'm trying to avoid MSI's products as much as I can until they've shown they can treat both sides with equal respect, rather than jumping ship whenever they see that it may be advantageous. They're like a child that always sides with whomever is "winning" at the moment; a bandwagoner. To be fair, certain decisions may have also been made for the best financial interest of the company, as a whole, but I certainly wouldn't buy this garbage RX 590; buy the Sapphire Nitro+ card instead.
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