AMD has really been in great momentum recently. The company is taking back market share from Intel in the consumer CPU space, even their server products are doing great. AMD is one of the few companies who do both processors and graphics cards for the consumer markets. But they have shown a stark absence in the GPU side of things.
Not anymore! As there have been several reports of a new RX card coming from AMD. From the information available, it’s pretty much confirmed to be the RX 590. VideoCardz reports that the new RX 590 will be manufactured on the 12nm FinFET process, for comparison the RX 580 was on the 14nm FinFET process.
In a new leak from VideoCardz, we get our first look on the RX590 Nitro+ from Sapphire.
|GPU :||Polaris 30||Base Clock :||TBD|
|Cores :||2304||Boost Clock :||TBD|
|TMUs :||144||Memory Clock :||8000 Mbps|
|ROPs :||32||Memory :||8 GB GDDR5 256b|
As you can see from the specs above, it’s not a full-blown high-end graphics card, but something build by AMD to deliver great value. It can be better termed as a refresh for the AMD RX 580. Unlike the higher priced Vega cards with the faster HBM2 memory, the RX 590 sides with 8GBs of GDDR5. It has the same amount of cores, ROPs and TMUs as the RX 580, so we believe the card will lead the RX 580 in clock speeds.
RX 590 Sapphire Back PlateThere is no such information on specific features in the leak, but looking at the card and Sapphire’s history, we can make some calls.
Like previous cards from Sapphire it’s safe to say this card will have decent cooling, with a full metal backplate attached behind the card. A dual fan design can also be seen, which is common with the Nitro cards from Sapphire.
Sapphire is one of the premier companies exclusively making AMD cards. They are highly regarded by gamers due to their quality and reliability. Right now they have two series, the Pulse and the Nitro cards (higher end). The Nitro+ RX 580 had great performance as showcased by many reviews, so the same can be expected from this card as well. There aren’t any benchmarks to show at this time, but according to rumors the card is supposed to launch on November 15th.