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XFX RX 590 Fatboy Review

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XFX RX 590 Fatboy Conclusion:

AMD's refresh of its Polaris architecture is now a known commodity. Out the door, it delivers excellent performance for the price point of $279. This price point slots it in the same position as the GTX 1060 and RX 580 that it beats in every gaming test. As it should with the much-improved clock speeds seen on the XFX RX 590 Fatboy 8GB when compared to last year's high-end RX 580 cards. The Polaris 30 is a drop in replacement for the previous gen Polaris 20, so AMD's partners can refresh existing products without a total redesign. Great for the bottom line when you can make it work.

Now on to XFX's contribution in the form of its part of this product. From the two-foot view, the RX 590 Fatboy is a refresh of the board, cooling, and shroud that I saw on last year's XFX RX 580 GTX 8GB card with a new name and GPU installed. That being said, dropping in the Polaris 30 into this package works out well. This helps to extend a life cycle, but when the performance of the card is just slightly better than existing products it seems an odd path to follow.

At the performance level delivered by the RX 590, it's a great position to target for new purchases, but not the right target to entice owners of GTX 1060 and RX 580 cards to step up and play in the RX 590 pool. Time will be the ultimate judge of this, however! 

The performance delivered by the XFX RX 590 Fatboy shows that the higher clock speeds deliver around a 10% bump in performance over a highly clocked RX 580, with that result improving as you cycle the clock speeds down to the reference clock speeds. Overclocking delivered nice performance gains without adding onto the power consumption. Pretty amazing when I was able to push the card up to another 100MHz on the core and 250MHz on the Micron GDDR5 memory. The overclocking margins would not be considered high by any standard, but when you compare it to the 14nm parts you can see upwards of 300MHz of core clock speed or more by comparison. That is impressive.

Visually, the XFX RX 590 Fatboy is familiar looking and is a good looking card. The only thing I would have liked to see visually was to light up the XFX logo, but this comes with a cost. With that familiarity, we get to see that the consumer is getting a proven product with all the tech that XFX has to offer. Things like Zero dB Supercell fans to improve cooling and reduce noise. The Composite heat pipe the fans work in tandem with and the Ultra Low noise XL inductors all work as a package.

Add in a dual BIOS feature, all-aluminum backplate, and XFX's exclusive Truck Clock technology that controls the clock speeds at the hardware level, and you get a card that delivers core clock speed consistency all while running cool and quiet.

XFXs' RX 590 Fatboy is available for $279 from your most commons e-tailers. AMD has helped sweeten the pot with a trio of games for free ($149 value) with your purchase, including Tom Clancy's The Division 2, Resident Evil 2, and Devil May Cry 5. Once again, XFX and AMD have partnered to put together a card that does well for the target market. The RX 590 Fatboy has a great feature set, runs quiet, and has some overclocking chops at a great price point! 

Pros:

  • Overclocking
  • Performance
  • Looks
  • Price point
  • Free games with the purchase
  • Warranty

Cons:

  • Hoping for a bit more performance 
  • Logo not lit (just a preference)
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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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