Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 590 8GB
Maximum PC|January 2019
Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 590 8GB

Look who’s back, back again

Zak Storey

YOU KNOW WHAT we don’t like doing? We don’t like reviewing the same product over and over and over again. The RX 480 was a fantastic breath of fresh air from AMD when it arrived. It showed promise. A mid-range GPU with enough clout to take on the 1080p battleground, no sweat, and at an affordable price, too. OK, it may have drawn perhaps a touch too much power from the PCIe bus at first, but that had little effect on premium motherboards anyway. It was an exceptionally strong GPU.

Fast-forward a year, and we saw AMD’s first ever like-for-like rebadge, the RX 580. With Vega not having dropped yet either, the future didn’t look good. And, lo and behold, it wasn’t. Usually, a brand new top-tier architecture, like Vega, would populate the top two cards of a series, with the preceding architectures shimmying down the chain by one numerical designation each to fill in the gaps. A 380 would become a 470, a 480 would become a 570, you get the picture. In this case, though, nope. The RX 480 became the RX 580, with slightly higher clocks and power draw.

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January 2019