AMD’s Third Polaris GPU Revision on The Upcoming Radeon RX 590 Can Hit Clocks As High As 1680 MHz

Nov 8, 2018

While the custom models of the AMD Radeon RX 590 have started leaking out, we still aren’t sure about what the clock speeds of the upcoming, 12nm FinFET, Polaris refresh GPUs would be like. It looks like clock speeds of two models, both that use a factory overclock, have been leaked by Tum Apisak.

AMD Polaris 30 GPU Based Radeon RX 590 To Clock As High As 1680 MHz, 3DMark Firestrike Extreme Score Leaks Out

Recapping the specifications for those who missed out our previous article, the AMD Polaris 30 GPU will be based on the 12nm process node. It’s not known whether AMD will be relying on the Global Foundries 12nm process or the much advanced TSMC 12nm node which is being used to make the NVIDIA Turing GPUs. Considering that Polaris GPUs have been featuring a FinFET process design from Glofo, it won’t be a surprise if AMD ends up using them for 12nm too.

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In terms of specs, the AMD Polaris 30 GPU would feature 2304 Stream processors, 144 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The VRAM includes the same 8 GB GDDR5 design, clocked at 8000 MHz across a 256-bit bus. Most of the performance benefits would come from the architecture tuning that is achieved with the 12nm die shrink but doesn’t expect it to be a lot. The card is expected to hit the pricing around $250-$300 US.

Now coming to the models, both PowerColor and XFX would be launching their custom models. PowerColor’s Radeon RX 590 Red Devil was already leaked a while ago by Videocardz. The model would be clocked at 1576 MHz out of the box while the XFX Radeon RX 590 custom model would be clocked slightly higher at 1580 MHz. At the same time, two differently clocked cards from the same brands were reported which ran at 1645 MHz and 1680 MHz, respectively.

  • PowerColor Radeon RX 590: 1,576 MHz (Default), 1,645 MHz (OC)
  • XFX Radeon RX 590: 1,580 MHz (Default), 1,680 MHz (OC)

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It is not known right now whether these are the higher clocked cards which will be available on retail or these cards have been overclocked manually. In case of the former, we can expect even higher clocks beyond 1700 MHz with manual overclocks. This would prove to deliver much better performance compared to Radeon RX 480 and Radeon RX 470 graphics cards if the pricing is set right.

AMD Radeon RX 500 /X Series Polaris Lineup:

AMD Radeon RX 500 /X Series Graphics Cards GPU Name Bus / Bandwidth Memory / Clock Cores / Boost Clock AMD Radeon RX 400 Series Graphics Cards GPU Name Cores / Clock Memory / Clock Bus / Bandwidth
Radeon RX 590 Polaris 30 XT 256-bit / 256 GB/s 8 GB / 8.0 GHz 2304 / 1546 MHz N/A N/A N/A
Radeon RX 580 Polaris 20 XLX
(Ellesmere XT)
256-bit / 256 GB/s 8/4 GB / 8.0 GHz 2304 / 1340 MHz Radeon RX 480 Polaris 10 (Ellesmere XT) 2304 / 1266 MHz 8/4 GB / 8.0 GHz 256-bit / 256 GB/s
Radeon RX 570 Polaris 20 XL (Ellesmere Pro) 256-bit / 212 GB/s 8/4 GB / 6.6 GHz 2048 / 1244 MHz Radeon RX 470 Polaris 10 (Ellesmere Pro) 2048 / 1206 MHz 8/4 GB / 7.0 GHz 256-bit / 224 GB/s
Radeon RX 560 Polaris 21 (Baffin Pro) 128-bit / 112 GB/s 4/2 GB / 7.0 GHz 1024 / 1275 MHz Radeon RX 460 Polaris 11 (Baffin Pro) 896 / 1200 MHz 4/2 GB / 7.0 GHz 128-bit / 112 GB/s
Radeon RX 550 Polaris 12 (Lexa Pro) N/A N/A 512/ 1287 MHz N/A N/A N/A 4/2 GB / 7.0 GHz 128-bit / 112 GB/s
AMD Radeon RX 540X (Mobile Only) Polaris 12 (Lexa Pro) N/A N/A 512 / 1219 MHz N/A N/A N/A 4/2 GB / 6.0 GHz 128-bit / 96 GB/s
AMD Radeon 540X (Mobile Only) Polaris 12 (Lexa Pro) N/A N/A 512 / 1219 MHz N/A N/A N/A 4/2 GB / 6.0 GHz 64-bit / 48 GB/s

In terms of performance, the graphics card scored 7350 points in the 3DMark Firestrike Extreme GPU benchmark. This is a good bit ahead of the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB reference model which can make it a worthy entrant in the mainstream market. The card also exceeds the 3DMark GPU performance of the Radeon R9 Fury X which was the flagship model just a few years ago. We will definitely keep you up to date with more information on the Radeon RX 590 as it comes by.

Do you think AMD Radeon RX 590 would be a good upgrade for existing Polaris mainstream users?