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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition Radeon Sky 500
Cyberpunk 2077 84% 256%
Halo: Reach 57% 18%
Red Dead Redemption 2 34% 159%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 34% 159%
Doom Eternal 15% 123%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 17% 60%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 84% 256%
FIFA 20 29% 38%
Need For Speed Heat 34% 159%
Grand Theft Auto VI 105% 296%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon Sky 500.

The Radeon Sky 500 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 590, and so the Radeon Sky 500 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 590.

The Radeon Sky 500 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 590, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 590 has 178.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon Sky 500, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 590 is massively better than the Radeon Sky 500.

The GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon Sky 500 has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 1290 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon Sky 500 is 790. The GTX 590 having 500 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 590 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon Sky 500.

The GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition requires 365 Watts to run and the Radeon Sky 500 requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590. The GTX 590 requires 215 Watts more than the Radeon Sky 500 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 590 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon Sky 500.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed630 MHzvs950 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF110-351-A1-
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date24 Mar 2011vs25 Mar 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed864 MHzvs1200 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth331.8GB/secvs153.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs1280
Actual Shader Performance62%vs38%
Texture Mapping Units128vs-
Texture Rate80.6 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units96vs-
Pixel Rate60.5 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs-
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power365 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU700 Watts & 46 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper is a special edition of the dual-graphics solution GeForce GTX 590.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that went from 608MHz to 630MHz and in the operating memory clock, which is now of 864MHz. Furthermore, it features a new cooling system which keeps the card cool under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the reference card and so it proves to be faster than GeForce GTX 680.
Radeon Sky 500 is a high-end GFX that's based on the 28nm, GCN architecture.
Its performance is comparable to a single Radeon HD 7870, due to the Core similarities but consumes less power (up to 150 Watt).
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