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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 590 8GB Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 12% 72%
Cyberpunk 2077 20% 137%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 46% 6%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 20% 137%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 12% 72%
Doom Eternal 25% 48%
FIFA 20 53% 8%
Grand Theft Auto VI 34% 163%
Need For Speed Heat 12% 72%
Halo: Reach 72% 45%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition.

The RX 590 has a 589 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7950. This results in the RX 590 providing 112.9 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The RX 590 has a 589 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7950 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the RX 590 providing 18.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The RX 590 was released over three years more recently than the HD 7950, and so the RX 590 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 7950 when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The RX 590 has 5120 MB more video memory than the HD 7950, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the RX 590 also has superior memory performance overall.

The RX 590 has 16 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7950, which means that the memory performance of the RX 590 is slightly better than the HD 7950.

The Radeon RX 590 8GB has 2304 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 590 is 3560 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7950 is 1417. The RX 590 having 2143 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 590 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 7950.

The RX 590 transistor size technology is 16 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 7950. This means that the RX 590 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 7950.

The Radeon RX 590 8GB requires 175 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the RX 590 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7950. The two GPUs have been recommended a PSU with the same amount of wattage. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 42 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

42 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 42 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

42 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 42 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

42 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 42.8 FPS on Control

Control

42.8 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 45.5 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

45.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 46 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

46 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 46.5 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

46.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 47.7 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

47.7 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 52.2 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

52.2 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 57 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

57 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 57 FPS on Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV

57 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 59.9 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

59.9 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 61.3 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

61.3 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 62.4 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

62.4 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 63.5 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

63.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 67.4 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

67.4 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 69.4 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

69.4 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 71.3 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

71.3 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 73.5 FPS on F1 2019

F1 2019

73.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 75 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

75 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 76 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

76 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 79.1 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

79.1 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 80 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

80 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 80 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

80 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 86.1 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

86.1 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 89.3 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

89.3 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 92.4 FPS on PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

92.4 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 99 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

99 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 115.7 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

115.7 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 118 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

118 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 27.2 FPS on Control

Control

27.2 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 30.5 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

30.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 31.4 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

31.4 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 31.5 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

31.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 36.7 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

36.7 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 36.8 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

36.8 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 37 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

37 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 37.9 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

37.9 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 44.6 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

44.6 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 47.1 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

47.1 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 47.3 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

47.3 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 51 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

51 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 52.5 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

52.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 60.4 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

60.4 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 69.9 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

69.9 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 69.9 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

69.9 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 70.8 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

70.8 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 75.1 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

75.1 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 79.2 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

79.2 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 83.5 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

83.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 8.9 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

8.9 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 12.2 FPS on Control

Control

12.2 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 16.1 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

16.1 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 16.5 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

16.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 21 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

21 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 21 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

21 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 22.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

22.1 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 22.2 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

22.2 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 23.1 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

23.1 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 24.2 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

24.2 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 24.5 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

24.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 28.4 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

28.4 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 30.5 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

30.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 30.5 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

30.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 31 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

31 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 33 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

33 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 36.7 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

36.7 FPS

Radeon RX 590 8GB gets 43.1 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

43.1 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1469 MHzvs880 MHz
Boost Clock1545 MHzvs930 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Polaris 30GCN 1.0 Tahiti PRO2
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date30 Oct 2018vs01 Aug 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
green tick vs
9.8
1920x1080
10
green tick vs
7.9
2560x1440
8.7
green tick vs
5.9
3840x2160
6.7
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4.4

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed2000 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth256GB/secvs240GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs1792
Actual Shader Performance100%vs68%
Technology12nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units144vs112
Texture Rate211.5 GTexel/svs98.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate47 GPixel/svs28.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power175 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model6.0vs5.0
Open GL4.6vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The new AMD Radeon RX 590 is an uprated version of the RX 580 on the smaller 12nm process node.

This RX 590 is the 8GB version.

Architecture
It equips a GPU codenamed Polaris 30, which has 2304 shader processing units, 144 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The RX 590 8GB central processing unit runs at 1545MHz and goes up to (xx)MHz when in boost and turbo mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock operates at 2000MHz.

Power Consumption
The RX 590 8GB has a power TDP requirement of 150W. This means it will require at least a 500W PSU with one dedicated 8-pin connector.

Performance
Early benchmarks indicate that the AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB will be around 10-15% faster than the Nvidia GTX 1060 in terms of gaming performance, and around 6% faster than the Radeon RX 580 model it is replacing.

System Suggestions
The new Radeon RX 590 8GB releases on the 30th October 2018 and is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a high-end processor, like the new Ryzen R5 and at least 12GB of RAM for optimal gaming performance.
Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
This edition comes with a custom cooling solution and overclocking out of the box in the core-clock that was increase by 30MHz to 880MHz. Therefore, the Turbo Boost is now of 930MHz.
Expect a 1.5% performance boost when compared to the reference Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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