AMD Radeon RX 590 1440p, 1080p & Ultrawide Gaming Performance

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by Rob Williams on November 15, 2018 in Graphics & Displays

AMD’s latest Polaris-based gaming graphics card has arrived. It hits us in the form of the Radeon RX 590, a die-shrunk version of the RX 580 that enjoys a monstrous clock boost. While there isn’t a lot to be surprised about with this release, AMD proves that it hasn’t eased its aggressiveness, having augmented the launch with a killer game bundle.

Fortnite, Monster Hunter, RotTR & Ghost Recon Wildlands

Fortnite

Fortnite
Fortnite (1080p) - XFX Fatboy Radeon RX 590 Performance
Fortnite (1440p) - XFX Fatboy Radeon RX 590 Performance
Fortnite (3440x1440 Ultrawide) - XFX Fatboy Radeon RX 590 Performance

To the surprise of no one, I’m sure, the RX 590 can handle Fortnite just fine at 1080p. And 1440p, for that matter. Though if you are insistent on higher than 60 FPS in your online shooters, you can easily drop the detail levels down and gain an instant boost. Interestingly, this is the first test where the delta between the RX 580 and 590 is quite small – a mere 3 FPS.

Due to the nature of an online game, it’s difficult to get tight performance deltas from run to run. With mega-popular games like these, it’d be nice if the developer could cough up a worthwhile in-game benchmark that actually allows true apples-to-apples testing. That said, Fortnite is actually pretty consistent, all things considered, whereas PUBG in my experience has been anything but. 20 FPS deltas from run to run in that game were common, which is why it isn’t used in this lineup.

That tangent aside, this is the first example of a title where NVIDIA has some clear optimizations, as its 4.3 TFLOPS GTX 1060 outperformed the 7.1 TFLOPS RX 590. Likewise, the GTX 1070 outperformed the technically faster RX Vega 56.

Monster Hunter World

Monster Hunter World
Monster Hunter World (1080p) - XFX Fatboy Radeon RX 590 Performance
Monster Hunter World (1440p) - XFX Fatboy Radeon RX 590 Performance

Monster Hunter World doesn’t strike me as an optimized game, but as mentioned in previous articles, it scales as expected, and since an unoptimized game still represents current performance, it remains relevant.

Here, the RX 590 jumps 5 FPS ahead of the RX 580 at 1080p, with the GTX 1060 once again displacing the RX 570 for the second-from-bottom positioning.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider (1080p) - XFX Fatboy Radeon RX 590 Performance
Rise of the Tomb Raider (1440p) - XFX Fatboy Radeon RX 590 Performance
Rise of the Tomb Raider (3440x1440 Ultrawide) - XFX Fatboy Radeon RX 590 Performance

The beefier cards exhibit some huge strengths with Rise of the Tomb Raider, but at 1080p, all of the cards here deliver better than acceptable performance. At 1440p, no real compromises have to be made. At max detail, the RX 590 delivers a clean 60 FPS on average.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (1080p) - XFX Fatboy Radeon RX 590 Performance
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (1440p) - XFX Fatboy Radeon RX 590 Performance
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (3440x1440 Ultrawide) - XFX Fatboy Radeon RX 590 Performance

Wildlands came out before Far Cry 5, but in many ways, I consider Wildlands to be the much more beautiful game. It’s also one I suggest anyone who enjoys open-world shooters dive into. There’s a lot of content, and the game only gets better with friends in co-op. But I digress.

At 1080p, all of the cards can handle this game without issue at max detail, with the RX 590 keeping comfortably ahead of 60 FPS, and coming close to that for the minimum. Even 1440p performance is good, though I’d personally tweak something to inch a bit closer to 60 FPS.

Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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