Sound Testing, Pricing, and Availability
The XFX RX 590 Fatboy was much quieter than the MSI RX 580 card that we tested for this review, in regards to sound level measurement. Additionally, the RX 590 performed identically to the MSI GTX 1060 6GB Gaming X from a sound perspective.
Pricing and Availability
The XFX RX 590 Fatboy will be available starting today for a suggested retail price of $279.99. RX 590 cards from other manufacturers are also expected to launch today.
Overall, the launch of the RX 590 is a bit of a confusing one. While AMD was able to squeak a little bit more performance out of their Polaris GPU design, porting a GPU design to a new process node seems like a substantial task for an average of 10% performance gains over the RX 580.
That being said, in the majority of titles, this extra performance gain does push the RX 590 over the GTX 1060 6GB, making it the king of performance for the mid-range.
Comparing MSRPs, expect the RX 590 cards to come in slightly less than GTX 1060 6GB cards on average, but keep in mind that the mid-range is a price segment where sales and discounts are more frequent, can have a significant effect on price to performance ratios.
For example, there's currently an ASUS RX 580 4GB card on sale at Newegg for $160. While the 4GB of VRAM might start to become a limit a few years down the line, you'll achieve similar performance levels for over $100 less than a new RX 590. I don't expect RX 580s to stick around at this price point, it just helps to illustrate that there are deals to be found on these mid-range GPUS.
Still, the XFX RX 590 Fatboy is a fantastic card for 1080p gaming and provides a noticeable performance uptick at a reasonable cost in a time when mid-range GPUs have largely been neglected. For those of you who are looking at a sub-$300 GPU, the RX 590 is worth a look!