Well, it’s finally happened after weeks of leaks, rumours and speculation. AMD have officially announced the Polaris refresh, the Radeon RX 590.
We have been expecting this official reveal for some time, especially due to all the recent sightings of editions of the RX 590 from PowerColor and Sapphire. Due to all the leaks, we pretty much knew what to expect from this new entry into the already stuffed Polaris GPU lineup.
So, let’s take a look at what AMD has finally unveiled. The first thing is that yup, the RX 590 does indeed use the 12nm process node and a faster clock speed. They also state that it delivers “up to 20%” or higher performance on the dollar than their competitor.
Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, had this to say; “This new graphics card provides beautiful visuals, blistering frame rates, and the latest and greatest features for PC gaming. Combined with AMD Radeon FreeSync technolog4 for smooth, stutter-free gaming, game Day-0 launch performance updates and an ever-expanding Radeon Software feature set, the Radeon RX 590 graphics card provides an amazing experience for the legions of performance and hard-core gamers everywhere.”
AMD were also kind enough to confirm the following features for the refresh:
- Outstanding Gaming Performance: The AMD Radeon RX 590 graphics card is built upon 12nm process technology and the advanced AMD “Polaris”1 architecture, including 4th Gen GCN graphics cores, display engine and multimedia cores to enable exceptional performance in low-level APIs like DirectX 125 and Vulkan . It also provides a visually stunning HD gaming experience running at up to 60 FPS or higher in the most popular AAA games, and up to 100 FPS in some of the most popular eSports titles.
- Best Software Features for Gamers: AMD Radeon Software features game Day-0 driver support and up-to-the minute game optimizations for performance enhancements. Gamers can effortlessly capture, stream and share their memorable moments and clutch victories with Radeon ReLive technology; monitor performance and PC system info and socialize with the AMD Link app; and fine-tune a range of settings to fit their needs with AMD Radeon WattMan technology.
- Largest Gaming Display Ecosystem: With over 500 AMD Radeon FreeSync -technology capable monitors to choose from, achieving pixel-perfect, silky-smooth gameplay has never been easier. AMD Radeon FreeSync technology synchronizes the monitor update rate to the game, eliminating tears and choppiness. AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR technology offers up to 2x better brightness and color volume compared to sRGB.
Premium Virtual Reality: The AMD Radeon RX 590 graphics card delivers beautifully rich and immersive VR environments during gameplay. AMD LiquidVR technology provides broad compatibility, plug-and-play ease of use and stable platform support for the new wave of advanced VR vendors and technologies.
But, the final thing that they confirmed is arguably the most critical for whether or not this particular graphics card will be worth your cash – the price. It will start from $279, and it is now currently out in the world ready for purchase.