ASRock RX 590 Phantom Gaming X 8 GB Review 31

ASRock RX 590 Phantom Gaming X 8 GB Review

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In November last year, AMD announced its Radeon RX 590 graphics card, which was an unexpected surprise at the time. It is based on the "Polaris 30" silicon, which is essentially a "Polaris 10" die built on the latest 12 nm FinFET node at GlobalFoundries, yielding significant energy-efficiency dividends AMD is cashing in on to increase clock speeds by 15 percent. The engine clock has been dialed up to 1545 MHz compared to the 1340 MHz of the RX 580.

Unlike the RX 580, the RX 590 only comes with 8 GB of video memory (no 4 GB variant), and the card's memory setup is unchanged: 8 Gbps GDDR5 over a 256-bit wide memory interface, which yields 256 GB/s of bandwidth. The "Polaris 30" silicon features the same core configuration as its predecessors with 2,304 stream processors spread across 36 compute units, 144 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. There's no ray-tracing machinery to rival RTX, or other new features.

In this review, we're taking a look at the ASRock Radeon RX 590 Phantom Gaming X, which is is a highly cost-optimized variant of the RX 590 that still comes with a factory overclock to 1560 MHz Boost, which is comparable to other RX 590 cards on the market. The card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector.

Priced at $250, the ASRock RX 590 Phantom Gaming X is the most affordable RX 590 on the market at this time.

Radeon RX 590 Market Segment Analysis
GTX 1050$140640321354 MHz1455 MHz1752 MHzGP1073300M2 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit
GTX 1050 Ti$170 768321290 MHz1392 MHz1752 MHzGP1073300M4 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit
RX 570$150 2048321168 MHz1244 MHz1750 MHzEllesmere5700M4 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX 580$185 2304321257 MHz1340 MHz2000 MHzEllesmere5700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 1060 3 GB$1851152481506 MHz1708 MHz2002 MHzGP1064400M3 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1060$2001280481506 MHz1708 MHz2002 MHzGP1064400M6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
RX 590$2602304321469 MHz1545 MHz2000 MHzPolaris 305700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
ASRock RX 590
Phantom Gaming X
$2502304321469 MHz1560 MHz2000 MHzPolaris 305700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 1070$3101920641506 MHz1683 MHz2002 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX Vega 56$370 3584641156 MHz1471 MHz800 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1660 Ti$280 1536481500 MHz1770 MHz1500 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
GTX 1070 Ti$4502432641607 MHz1683 MHz2000 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
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