AMD Radeon RX 590 vs AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT

Compare AMD Radeon RX 590 8 GB vs AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT 4 GB, specs and GPU benchmark score. Which is the better graphics card for the money?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

38 %
50 %
31% slightly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

Volumetric ray casting test, a computationally expensive method of rendering high-quality scenes

47 FPS
61 FPS
14 FPS slightly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

34 FPS
44 FPS
10 FPS slightly higher Electron frame rate

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

43 FPS
54 FPS
11 FPS slightly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

19 FPS
25 FPS
6 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

52,086
52,512
0% slightly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

48,483
21% slightly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score
39,991

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

4,729
4,965
4% slightly higher 3DMark Graphics score

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,545 MHz
2,310 MHz
49% significantly higher core clock speed

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,545 MHz
2,815 MHz
82% significantly higher boost clock speed

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

8 GiB
100% significantly more memory
4 GiB

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

256 Bit
300% significantly larger memory bus width
64 Bit

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

256 GB/s
77% significantly higher memory bandwidth
144 GB/s

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

175 W
107 W
63% significantly lower TDP

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

50 Gigapixels/s
90 Gigapixels/s
81% significantly higher pixel rate

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

222 Gigatexels/s
23% slightly higher texture rate
180 Gigatexels/s

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

7 TFLOPS
23% slightly better floating point performance
6 TFLOPS

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

2,304
125% significantly more shading units
1,024

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

144
125% significantly more texture mapping units
64

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

32
Identical
32

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

96th of 526
75th of 526

Family

The product line

Radeon 500 Series
Radeon RX 6000 Series

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

November 2018
January 2022

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

GDDR5
GDDR6

DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported

12.0
12.0

OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported

4.5
4.6

Radeon RX 590 vs Radeon RX 6500 XT comparison

For gaming, the Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card is better than the Radeon RX 590 in our tests.

Our database shows that the Radeon RX 6500 XT has a significantly higher core clock speed. The core clock speed (or base speed) is the frequency at which the GPU core runs. This metric makes sense when comparing GPUs of a similar architecture or generation. In addition, the Radeon RX 6500 XT also has a significantly higher boost clock speed. The boost clock speed is the frequency that the GPU core can reach if the temperature is low enough. The allows for higher performance in certain scenarios.

As stated by the manufacturer, the Radeon RX 590 has significantly more memory with 8 GiB of memory compared to 4 GiB. Memory size doesn't directly affect performance, but too little memory will certainly degrade gaming performance.

In addition, the Radeon RX 6500 XT has a significantly lower TDP at 107 W when compared to the Radeon RX 590 at 175 W. TDP (Thermal Design Power) measures total heat output from the chip.

In terms of raw gaming performance in our GPU benchmark, the Radeon RX 6500 XT is better than the Radeon RX 590.

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