ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 590 8G Gaming8/10 (Expert Score)
Our meta review (based on user reviews and one video review): Reviews of the Strix RX 590 are generally favorable. Users are happy with the premium features such as Aura Sync, and praise the card’s cooling capabilities.
Compared to previous iterations of AMD’s Polaris chip (Polaris 10/RX 480 and Polaris 20/RX 580), there are not nearly as many RX 590s (Polaris 30 XTX) on the market. Many are factory overclocked though, featuring premium designs and somewhat more advanced cooling solutions than the reference model. The ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 590 8G Gaming is one of the most sophisticated variants of the RX 590 lineup.
AMD’s Polaris 30 XT chip uses the same architecture and has the same feature set as its predecessor, the Polaris 20 XTX (RX 580). The GPU has 2,304 shaders, 144 TMUs (texture mapping units) and 32 ROPs (render output units). However, Polaris 30 is manufactured at a 12 nm production process at GlobalFoundries instead of the predecessor’s 14 nm. This has allowed AMD and third-party manufacturers such as ASUS to increase the clock speeds, leading to improved performance at an equivalent power draw.
ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 590 8G Gaming Features
Much like competing cards such as the PowerColor Red Devil and XFX Fatboy RX 590, the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 590 comes with a slight factory overclock. The GPU boost clock in the ROG Strix model is increased from 1545 MHz to 1565 MHz, but unlike Sapphire, ASUS has left the memory clock untouched.
RX 590 Reference Design VS Custom Boards
|AMD Radeon RX 590 Reference Design||Sapphire Nitro+ RX 590 Special Edition||XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy OC+||PowerColor Red Devil RX 590 OC|
|GPU Chip||Polaris 30 XT||Polaris 30 XT||Polaris 30 XT||Polaris 30 XT|
|GPU Clock / |
|1469 MHz / |
|1469 MHz / |
|1469 MHz / |
|1469 MHz /
|FP32 Theoretical Performance||7,119 GFLOPS||7,188 GFLOPS||7,281 GFLOPS||7,262 GFLOPS|
|Memory Size||8 GB GDDR5||8 GB GDDR5||8 GB GDDR5||8 GB GDDR5|
|Memory Clock (Effective)||2000 MHz (8000 MHz)||2100 MHz (8400 MHz)||2000 MHz (8000 MHz)||2000 MHz (8000 MHz)|
|Memory Bandwidth (Bus)||256 GB/s (256 bit)||268.8 GB/s (256 bit)||256 GB/s (256 bit)||256 GB/s (256 bit)|
|Outputs||1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort||1x DVI, 2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort||1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort||1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort|
|Recommended Power Supply||500 Watt||500 Watt||500 Watt||500 Watt|
|PCIe Power Connectors||1x 8-pin||1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin||1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin||1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin|
|TDP||175 Watt||175 Watt||175 Watt||175 Watt|
One aspect that stands out compared to the competition is that the ASUS card has a triple-fan cooling solution. While it won’t occupy additional PCI slots, it’s a bit longer than competing RX 590 cards.
Another selling point for the Strix RX 590 is that it is RGB-lit and compatible with ASUS’ Aura Sync technology.
Thanks to a newer production process and higher clocks, the RX 590 is faster than previous Polaris chips. The ROG Strix and similar 590s are about 10-15% faster than cards with the RX 580. Due to the factory overclocking, the ASUS card will be marginally faster than the reference design. It will also use a bit more power. In all, RX 590 is on average faster than an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, but often slower than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. And it’s still considerably less power-efficient than Nvidia’s counterparts.
System and PSU requirements
ASUS recommends a 500 W power supply, which is in line with AMD’s recommendations (the TDP is 175 W). The ROG Strix requires one 8-pin PCIe power connector.
This card is part of our RX 590 guide from Q1 2019. Read it here.
No professional reviews of the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 590 8G Gaming were available at the time of writing. This video review covers the card in some detail however:
- Capable triple-fan cooling
- Aura Sync RGB lighting
- Factory overclocked
- Longer than the average RX 590
Specification: ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 590 8G Gaming