AMD Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB run games
AMD Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB is only really challenged by the most demanding games released today, but normally it is more than capable of running games with a stable frame rate at 1080p.

This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

We take a look at game performance achieved on this graphics card when running 2021 popular games. This short Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB game hardware review looks at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. In terms of performance against the most demanding games today this graphics card can play 763 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We are seeing FIFA 22 getting 107 FPS with the Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB, Resident Evil 8 getting 31 FPS and Days Gone getting 57 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

We move on to 1440p, and tested FIFA 22 which delivered strong FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 215 FPS, Medium: 170 FPS, High: 114 FPS and Ultra: 82 FPS. Next we have Resident Evil 8 running on Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB which gets L: 62FPS, M: 49FPS, H: 33FPS, U: 24FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Days Gone gets L: 115FPS, M: 90FPS, H: 61FPS, U: 43FPS at 1440p. In summary we feel the Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB running at 1440p is certainly capable of running larger monitor gaming at Ultra or High graphics settings.

How many years will the Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB in your PC? This gpu has around 2+ years of running AAA recommended system requirements before any upgrades should be considered.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB then a good choice would be 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti as this is better than 975 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 40% better performance as well. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB which is 33% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 965 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
80 FPS
The Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB was released on 30 Oct 2018
AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB
GCN 1.3 Polaris 30
Texture Rate
225 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
50 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1469 MHz
Boost Clock
1560 MHz
Max Power
220 Watts
550 Watt & 33 Amps
Power Connector
2x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
GD Official

Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

The new AMD Radeon RX 590 is an uprated version of the RX 580 on the smaller 12nm process node. The Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB is a mid-range Radeon RX 500 Series graphics card and considered great price to performance for gaming at 1080p.

This RX 590 is the 8GB version.

The Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB is a dual-slot video card with a dual-fan Torx 2.0 cooling solution, advanced airflow control, double ball bearings, and a black & white design. Architecture
It equips a GPU codenamed Polaris 30, which has 2304 shader processing units, 144 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

The RX 590 8GB central processing unit runs at 1469 MHz base clock and goes up to 1560 MHz when in boost and turbo mode, providing a small 1% overclock versus the reference model.

The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock operates at 2000MHz.

Power Consumption
The Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB has a power TDP requirement of 220W. This means it will require at least a 500W PSU with two 8-pin power connectors.

Benchmarks indicate that the AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB will be around 10-15% faster than the Nvidia GTX 1060 in terms of gaming performance, and around 6% faster than the Radeon RX 580 model it is replacing.

System Suggestions
The Radeon RX 590 MSI Armor OC 8GB 8GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440, although is ideally suited for 1080p gaming. We recommend a high-end processor, like the new Ryzen R5 and at least 12GB of RAM for optimal gaming performance.

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