The Conclusion

The Red Devil RX 590 improves significantly over a stock RX 580 and easily takes the mid-range performance crown away from any GTX 1060 at factory overclocks winning a large majority of the 37 games we tested.

The Red Devil RX 590 is very good deal at $279.99 which includes a $180 bundle of 3 very good games.  The EVGA GTX 1060 SC sells for $259, and currently it has a $20 mail-in-rebate available and comes bundled with Monster World from Newegg.  The Sapphire Nitro Pulse is one of the very fastest RX 580s and it costs $279 shipped from Newegg.  We would definitely pick the Red Devil RX 590 from among these three cards if we are looking for both high performance and good value.

Let’s sum it up:

PowerColor Red Devil RX 590 Pros

  • The PowerColor Red Devil RX 590 is much faster than any RX 580 by virtue of its being fabricated on the 12nm process, and it will beat any premium factory overclocked RX 580.
  • At $279 the Red Devil RX 590 is the same price as the most premium RX 580s.  In addition, it comes with 3 great games bundled with it for an additional value of $180.
  • The Red Devil RX 590 wins most of its benches against the single game-bundled slightly cheaper EVGA GTX 1060 SC.
  • The Red Devil RX 590 has a very good power delivery and 2-fan custom cooling design that is very quiet.
  • Dual-BIOS give the user a choice of quiet and less overclocking, or a bit louder with higher power-unlimited overclocks.
  • FreeSync2 eliminates tearing and stuttering and it is much less expensive than comparable GSYNC displays.
  • The RX 590 has 8GB of vRAM compared with the 6GB of vRAM used in the price-competitive GTX 1060.

PowerColor Red Devil RX 590 Cons

  • None.

We will not comment on the Red Devil’s ultimate overclock until tomorrow’s showdown with the EVGA GTX 1060 SC 6GB.  The Red Devil RX 590 is a very good deal for those who game at 1920×1080 or 2560×1440, and it is an excellent alternative to the GTX 1060 6GB, especially for those who prefer AMD cards and FreeSync2 enabled displays which are significantly less expensive than GSYNC displays.

The Verdict:

  • PowerColor’s Red Devil RX 590 is solidly built handsome card, and it has higher clocks out of the box than any factory overclocked RX 580.  It beats the GTX 1060 factory overclocked cards by a decent margin. It represents a solid value at $279 with a great 3-game bundle, and it deserves BTR’s Great Value Award.

We do not know what the future will bring, but if you are buying right now, the PowerColor Red Devil RX 590 is a kick ass card that is best in class.  The Red Devil RX 590 offers an excellent performance improvement over the RX 580, and it also beats the competing GTX 1060 6GB SC that is now priced in a lower but similar price range.  We have also noted that the overall pricing of the GTX 1060 has just now softened as a response to the RX 590.

Stay tuned, there is a lot coming from BTR. Tomorrow we will continue with our Red Devil RX 590 series versus the EVGA GTX 1060 SC 6GB in an overclocking showdown.  And we will also post our review of Battlefield V’s implementation of RTX ray tracing this weekend.

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