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Radeon RX 570 vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The Radeon RX 570 comes with a core clock frequency of 1168 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 590, which uses a 12 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1469 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this particular model. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 570 150 Watts
Radeon RX 590 175 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (17%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 590 is 14% faster than the Radeon RX 570 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 262144 MB/sec
Radeon RX 570 229376 MB/sec
Difference: 32768 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 should be quite a bit (about 41%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 570. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 211536 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 570 149504 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 62032 (41%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 should be much (approximately 26%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 570, and able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 47008 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 570 37376 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9632 (26%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Specifications

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Model Radeon RX 570 Radeon RX 590
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year April 2017 November 2018
Code Name Polaris 20 Polaris 30
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1168 MHz 1469 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 149504 Mtexels/sec 211536 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 37376 Mpixels/sec 47008 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 2304
Texture Mapping Units 128 144
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 12 nm
Transistors 5700 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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