Ahead of the expected upcoming release of Nvidia's RTX 2060, the most powerful 1080P gaming card in the world is currently AMD's RX 590. Everything else is either underpowered or complete overkill, and at less than $300 it's a great buy, even if it is working on near-two-year-old technology. Sapphire has a plan to tweak its initial entry in the space with a more understated cooler design.
There are no overclocks or overvolts to be found. No additional memory or expanded controller bus. Not even improved cooling. The main and only real change to this card, is that its cooler is black rather than blue. It will have the same 2,304 stream processors, the same 1,560MHz clock speed, 256-bit memory bus, and 8GB of GDDR5. Even its ports will be identical: two HDMi 2.0b, a single DVI-D, and a pair of DisplayPort 1.4 ports.
All of that comes wrapped up in a package with a TDP that's less than 250w, but not by much.
It's still a great card, but if Sapphire wants to charge anything more for this one than it already does for its sky blue "Special Edition" of the RX 590, it's going to find it a hard sell. As Hexus suggests, though, it might be that since this is a more standard version of the card, it might be slightly more affordable.
With the RTX 2060 incoming and AMD's own Navi cards likely to replace this any the rest of the RX-range in the next few months, perhaps we'll see the RX 590 edge towards that $250 sweet spot.
Would you be interested in a blander looking RX 590?