AMD Radeon RX 590 Review: Benchmarks And Overclocking 12nm Polaris

AMD Radeon RX 590 - Shadow Of War And Wildlands

Monolith’s surprisingly fun Orc-slaying title Middle Earth: Shadow of War, delivers a ton of visual fidelity even at its lower quality settings. So, to maximize the eye-candy on these high-end graphics cards, we used the game’s Ultra quality preset and ran the benchmark routine at a couple of resolutions, topping out at 4K -- or, excuse us, 3840x2160 for the sticklers out there. All of the game's graphics-related options were enabled, along with Temporal AA and Camera Blur. We should note this is the latest installment in the successful game series and our review of Shadow of War is right here, if you'd like to catch up on the happenings in Middle Earth.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War Performance
Glorious Orc-Slaying Action

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War



The GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 580 flip-flopped positions in this game, depending on the resolution, but both finished a few percentage points behind the new Radeon RX 590.



The frame and render times in the Shadow Of War benchmark reflect what the frame rate data tells. AMD's Radeon RX 590 cards finish the work faster and ultimately produce higher frame rates, though Vega 56 is once again in another class of GPU.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is a tactical shooter set in an open-world environment. The game is played from a third-person perspective, though there is an optional first person view when aiming certain guns. Players are members of the fictional "Ghosts", an elite special-operations unit of the United States Army. The game is also very taxing on system resources in general and perhaps not that well optimized, though it does look fantastic. We tested Wildlands -- which is a DX11 title -- with all of the in-game graphical options cranked up to their maximum values, at both 1440P and 4K. 

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands



The deltas separating the mainstream cards were relatively small here at both resolutions, but the Radeon RX 590s still managed to come out ahead of the GTX 1060 and RX 580. The Radeon RX Vega 56, however, was significantly faster than the other cards we tested.

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