AMD Radeon RX 590
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660

AMD Radeon RX 590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
RX 590 GTX 1660 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 590 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
Price $ 246.0 $ 220.0 26 (11%)
Year 2018 2019 1 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 82C 61C 21 (26%)
Max Fan Noise 42.5dB 45.6dB 3.1 (7%)
Recommended Power Supply 575W 470W 105 (18%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-8700K @ 3.70GHz ($369.89) Intel Core i7-8700K @ 3.70GHz ($369.89)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 85.0 FPS 87.8 FPS 2.8 (3%)
Average 1440p Performance 60.3 FPS 64.7 FPS 4.4 (7%)
Average 4K Performance 34.9 FPS 38.5 FPS 3.6 (10%)
Memory 8 GB 6 GB 2 (25%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.3 $ 2.5 0.8 (24%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 4.6 $ 3.4 1.2 (26%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 8.0 $ 5.7 2.3 (29%)
Overall Combination Score 84/100 89/100 5 (6%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 590 to GTX 1660 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware.

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AMD Radeon RX 590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
81.0
90.3
2019 Anthem
52.2
58.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
76.5
85.3
2019 Resident Evil 2
92.4
104.2
2019 Metro Exodus
41.2
46.5
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
112.1
106.2
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
43.5
44.3
2018 Final Fantasy XV
68.2
74.4
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
71.9
70.2
2018 Forza Horizon 4
75.5
87.8
2018 Fallout 76
101.1
117.0
2018 Hitman 2
79.2
91.1
2018 Just Cause 4
59.5
67.1
2018 Monster Hunter: World
64.0
72.3
2018 Battlefield V
103.5
92.8
2017 Dawn of War III
110.0
88.4
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
71.7
69.9
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
63.3
64.4
2017 Destiny 2
109.6
123.7
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
56.0
71.1
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
75.9
87.8
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
82.4
92.9
2017 For Honor
109.8
123.9
2017 Project CARS 2
77.8
87.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
94.2
106.3
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
74.3
57.3
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
61.4
73.4
2016 Doom
148.7
141.4
2016 F1 2016
99.9
89.4
2016 Total War: Warhammer
85.1
86.5
2016 Battlefield 1
123.0
108.3
2016 Overwatch
117.7
136.4
2016 Dishonored 2
56.7
64.0
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
66.4
83.7
2015 Rocket League
320.3
361.4
2015 Need For Speed
88.8
100.2
2015 Project CARS
85.1
96.1
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
219.6
247.8
2009 League of Legends
411.8
464.6

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AMD Radeon RX 590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
60.3
67.2
2019 Anthem
41.4
46.1
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
59.4
66.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
62.2
70.2
2019 Metro Exodus
32.0
36.1
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
70.6
61.9
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
36.5
35.1
2018 Final Fantasy XV
48.7
51.8
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
46.3
46.8
2018 Forza Horizon 4
63.3
74.4
2018 Fallout 76
70.6
77.7
2018 Hitman 2
51.2
59.4
2018 Just Cause 4
43.9
49.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
44.8
50.6
2018 Battlefield V
77.9
74.4
2017 Dawn of War III
69.4
66.5
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
53.2
52.2
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
45.1
51.0
2017 Destiny 2
93.8
106.2
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
42.6
54.3
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
49.4
57.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
59.5
67.1
2017 For Honor
64.0
72.3
2017 Project CARS 2
54.9
61.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
85.1
96.1
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
47.5
40.0
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
56.5
60.8
2016 Doom
103.5
100.6
2016 F1 2016
78.1
71.8
2016 Total War: Warhammer
69.4
65.0
2016 Battlefield 1
77.8
81.0
2016 Overwatch
81.0
94.2
2016 Dishonored 2
48.5
54.8
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
46.3
59.4
2015 Rocket League
137.3
154.9
2015 Need For Speed
68.6
77.4
2015 Project CARS
65.0
73.3
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
183.0
206.5
2009 League of Legends
228.8
258.1

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AMD Radeon RX 590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
36.0
40.1
2019 Anthem
22.5
25.1
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
31.5
35.1
2019 Resident Evil 2
30.7
34.6
2019 Metro Exodus
20.1
22.7
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
35.3
27.6
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
21.9
25.1
2018 Final Fantasy XV
29.2
30.1
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
25.6
24.2
2018 Forza Horizon 4
42.6
48.5
2018 Fallout 76
39.0
42.6
2018 Hitman 2
30.4
35.1
2018 Just Cause 4
22.9
25.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
21.5
24.2
2018 Battlefield V
41.4
40.1
2017 Dawn of War III
34.3
35.5
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
30.1
30.8
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
29.2
32.6
2017 Destiny 2
46.3
53.5
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
24.4
30.9
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
26.4
31.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
41.2
46.5
2017 For Honor
32.0
36.1
2017 Project CARS 2
45.8
51.6
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
71.4
80.5
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
20.7
22.0
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
40.2
47.6
2016 Doom
51.0
53.4
2016 F1 2016
45.6
46.8
2016 Total War: Warhammer
31.7
36.8
2016 Battlefield 1
41.9
44.6
2016 Overwatch
41.8
48.6
2016 Dishonored 2
38.4
43.4
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
21.9
28.7
2015 Rocket League
64.0
72.3
2015 Need For Speed
45.8
51.6
2015 Project CARS
45.8
51.6
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
164.7
185.8
2009 League of Legends
91.5
103.2
RX 590 vs GTX 1660 with i7-8700K vs i7-8700K at 1920x1080 and ultra vs ultra settings
RX 590 vs GTX 1660 with i7-8700K vs i7-8700K at 2560x1440 and ultra vs ultra settings
RX 590 vs GTX 1660 with i7-8700K vs i7-8700K at 4K and ultra vs ultra settings

AMD Radeon RX 590 / i7-8700K

It is clear that the RX 590 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for RX 590 against the competition in budget mid-range cards. It is worth noting that the RX 590 is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. In terms of memory, the RX 590 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 / i7-8700K

It is clear that the GTX 1660 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for GTX 1660 against the competition in budget mid-range cards. In terms of memory, the GTX 1660 's 6144 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks. With regards to max load temperature, the GTX 1660 's cooling is excellent at keeping it cool and under control.

RX 590 vs GTX 1660 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 590 GTX 1660
Board NumberC944-41PG165 SKU 0
Length9.5 inches 241 mm9 inches 229 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 8-pin1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP225 W120 W

Clock Speeds

RX 590 GTX 1660
Boost Clock1545 MHz1785 MHz
GPU Clock1469 MHz1530 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective2001 MHz 8004 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 590 GTX 1660
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationPolaris (RX 500)GeForce 16
Launch Price279 USD219 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateNov 15th, 2018Mar 14th, 2019

Graphics Features

RX 590 GTX 1660
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL21.2
OpenGL4.54.6
Shader Model66.2
Vulkan1.1.821.1.96

Graphics Processor

RX 590 GTX 1660
ArchitectureGCN 4.0Turing
Die Size244 mm²284 mm²
GPU NamePolaris 30TU116
GPU VariantPolaris 30 XT (215-0922006)TU116-300-A1
Process Size12 nm12 nm
Transistors5,700 million6,600 million

Memory

RX 590 GTX 1660
Bandwidth256.0 GB/s192.1 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit192 bit
Memory Size8192 MB6144 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 590 GTX 1660
ROPs3248
Shading Units23041408
TMUs14488

Theoretical Performance

RX 590 GTX 1660
FP16 (half) performance7,119 GFLOPS (1:1)10,053 GFLOPS (2:1)
FP32 (float) performance7,119 GFLOPS (1:1)5,027 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance445.0 GFLOPS (1:16)157.1 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate49.44 GPixel/s85.68 GPixel/s
Texture Rate222.5 GTexel/s157.1 GTexel/s

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