ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 590 8G Gaming

8/10 (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.

ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 590 8G Gaming
ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 590 8G Gaming

Description

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 DesignSapphire Nitro+ RX 590 Special EditionXFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy OC+PowerColor Red Devil RX 590 OC
GPU ChipPolaris 30 XTPolaris 30 XTPolaris 30 XTPolaris 30 XT
Stream Processors2304230423042304
GPU Clock /
Max. Boost
1469 MHz /
1545 MHz
1469 MHz /
1560 MHz
1469 MHz /
1580 MHz
1469 MHz /
1576 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance7,119 GFLOPS7,188 GFLOPS7,281 GFLOPS7,262 GFLOPS
Memory Size8 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 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)
Outputs1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort1x DVI, 2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Recommended Power Supply500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt
PCIe Power Connectors1x 8-pin1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
TDP175 Watt175 Watt175 Watt175 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.

rog strix rx 590 features

Another selling point for the Strix RX 590 is that it is RGB-lit and compatible with ASUS’ Aura Sync technology.

Performance

3dmark timespy
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.

Reviews

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:

ASUS STRIX RX590 Benchmark vs RX580 REAL GPU Review for mining and gaming

 

 

8Expert 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.
PROS
  • Capable triple-fan cooling
  • Aura Sync RGB lighting
  • Factory overclocked
CONS
  • Longer than the average RX 590

Additional information

Specification: ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 590 8G Gaming

Package Dimensions Height: 390, Length: 1600, Weight: 425, Width: 930
EAN 0192876186046
EAN List EAN List Element: 0192876186046
Item Dimensions Height: 528, Length: 1173, Weight: 350, Width: 207
Label ASUS Computer International Direct
Number Of Items 1
Model ROG-STRIX-RX590-8G-GAMING
MPN ROG-STRIX-RX590-8G-GAMING
Part Number ROG-STRIX-RX590-8G-GAMING
Warranty 3 Year Warranty
Package Quantity 1
Publisher ASUS Computer International Direct
Studio ASUS Computer International Direct
Title ASUS ROG Strix Radeon Rx 590 8G Gaming GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card Graphic Cards ROG-STRIX-RX590-8G-GAMING
UPC List UPC List Element: 192876186046
Manufacturer ASUS Computer International Direct
Binding Personal Computers
Brand Asus
Product Group Personal Computer
Product Type Name VIDEO_CARD
Release Date 2018-11-15
UPC 192876186046

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