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XFX RX 590 Fatboy Review

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XFX RX 590 Fatboy Testing:

Temperature Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1080 using 8x AA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.

 

Settings

  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920x1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Power Consumption:

The power consumption of the system will be measured at both idle and loaded states, taking into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0 to put a load onto the GPU using the settings below. A fifteen-minute load test will be used to heat up the GPU, with the highest power usage recorded as the final result. The idle results will be measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity on the system with the lowest recorded power usage as the final result.

Settings

  • Unigine 4.0 Heaven Benchmark
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts

 

 

 
 

 

The thermal performance delivered by XFX's RX 590 Fatboy 8GB is pretty respectable when you realize that the fans are barely moving when the thermal load ramps up. Bumping the fan speed up to the max level has a dramatic impact on cooling performance. However, the issue, much like any other card, is that the noise profile is increased. At stock speeds, the card is dead silent thanks to its Zero DB fan system. When the thermals are below a preset temperature, usually around 60 °C, the fans stop and the heat sink works passively. No noise and respectable temperatures with that. The dual BIOS switch is a means to reduce the noise even further if you absolutely cannot stand any fan noise.

Power consumption on the RX 590 Fatboy 8GB is a bit strange, as the power consumption does not spike when the card is overclocked. It sticks right at 315 watts used by the system. AMD is not going to win the low power game, so with this GPU, we get a bit higher TDP and higher clock speeds as a nice benefit.  

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  1. XFX RX 590 Fatboy: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. XFX RX 590 Fatboy: Specifications & Features
  3. XFX RX 590 Fatboy Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. XFX RX 590 Fatboy Testing: Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield 1
  5. XFX RX 590 Fatboy Testing: Ghost Recon Wildlands, Far Cry 5
  6. XFX RX 590 Fatboy Testing: The Witcher III, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
  7. XFX RX 590 Fatboy Testing: 3DMark, VRMark
  8. XFX RX 590 Fatboy Testing: Temperature and Power Consumption
  9. XFX RX 590 Fatboy: Conclusion
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