AMD Radeon RX590 already on sale, mining results in Nicehash

sapphire NITRO+ RX590 About the next rebranding of video cards on POLARIS chips called RX590 it became known long before the announcement, and with all the details. About our expectations in mining from the Radeon RX590, we have already written in this article What to expect from GPU chips AMD Polaris 30 (RX590, RX680) in mining.. Today, when all the technical data and prices for graphics cards on the RX590 GPU have become known, we will take a closer look at the last three generations of AMD Radeon RX480-RX580-RX590 graphics cards and see how the new product shows itself in the mining.



Specifications RX480 RX580  RX590  RX590 Nitro+ overclocking
Release date 01.06.2016 18.04.2017 15.11.2018 15.11.2018
GPU Polaris 10XT Polaris 20XT Polaris 30XT Polaris 30XT
Tech process 14nm 14nm 12nm 12nm
Frequency GPU (BOOST) 1120(1266)Mhz 1257(1340)MHz 1469(1545)Mhz 1666Mhz
Core ALU 2304 2304 2304 2304
GFLOPS FP32 5834 6175 7119 ?
Memory bus width 256bit 256bit 256bit 256
Contact bandwidth 8000Mbit/s 8000Mbit/s 8000Mbit/s 9000Mbit/s
Total memory bandwidth 256Gbit/s  256Gbit/s 256Gbit/s ?
Power consumption 150W  185W 225W ?
Announced price, USD 229 USD  229 USD 279 USD 290 USD

The table clearly shows that all the leaks about the technical characteristics of the RX590 turned out to be correct, and for the third time AMD releases the “modified” RX480, which was announced in mid-2016. I would like to say that the video cards still have a good overclocking potential. For example, the Sapphire Radeon RX580 Nitro + video card known from the miners has already received its successor Sapphire Radeon RX580 Nitro +, which allows you to overclock the GPU chip to 1666MHZ, and the memory to 9000Mbit / s per contact. With such characteristics, the overclocked RX590 can already compete fully with the more expensive Nvidia GTX1070.

Another useful option that is present in the Sapphire Radeon RX580 Nitro + model is the factory BIOS settings for the most efficient mining called Compute Mode, which can be turned on with a simple BIOS switch on the video card itself. Instead of enabling Compute Mode (turned off by default) in the drivers and a rather dangerous operation for rewrite memory timings in the BIOS, it is now enough to just press the BIOS switch of the video card. How it will work in practice is not yet known, it is possible that such an approach will not be able to provide maximum performance and energy efficiency in mining, which could be achieved by finer manual tuning of the video card.

 RX590 compute mode switch

In mining, the Sapphire Nitro + Radeon RX590 8GD5 Special Edition graphics card was tested at standard frequencies and without Compute Mode.amd radeon RX590 nicehash test

UPDATE 11.20.2018

Since the video card is available for tests and purchases in just one day, therefore, the RX590 NITRO + tests are available only in the Nicehash test. As can be seen from the screenshot, on GPU-dependent algorithms, a certain progress is observed, comparable with an increase in the frequency of the GPU chip itself. What can be said about the ETHash algorithm, where instead of the expected 25MH / s, we see only 17MH / s. This is most likely due to the fact that the reviewer of this video card did not bother to switch the video card to Compute Mode, which significantly increases the hashing of AMD video cards according to ETHash algorithms. According to our estimates, the RX590 Nitro + with the maximum acceleration (1666 MHz and 9000 Mbit / s) will be able to get closer to the 35 Mbit / s mark in the ETHash algorithm. What is the power consumption of the video card is difficult to say. Therefore, it is still early to draw final conclusions about the use of video cards based on Polaris 30 chips in the mining industry.