AMD officially launches Polaris Evolved RX 500 series

AMD officially launches Polaris Evolved RX 500 series

The RX 500 series is for those who did not upgrade to a Radeon RX 400, NVIDIA GTX 1060 or 1050 Ti cards.

The RX 550 is meant to be a slightly-better-than-basic graphics upgrade for people who have old equipment. AMD is continuing its pitch for RX-580 as a premium VR and 1440p gaming GPU, the RX-570 based on a cut-down configuration of Polaris 10 will serve as a more affordable GPU aimed at best in class 1080p gaming. Boost and base reference clocks are 1244MHz and 1168MHz, respectively, and cards will have 4GB of GDDR5 memory (7Gb/s) riding along on a 256-bit interface. These factors combine to allow AMD to run the GPU at higher clock frequencies, with more stable voltage, and in turn gives more performance and higher overclocking potential. There are not likely to be many reference Radeon RX 500-series cards, however.

Its TBP has also been increased to 185W and that's the reason behind the higher clock speed. It's hard to make any judgements, though, since AMD hasn't given us much in the way of specs for the RX 550: 8 compute units, 1,183MHz boost clock, 2GB GDDR5 and HDMI 2.0b.

The suggested retail price of the Radeon RX 580 8/4GB is set at USA $229/$199, while the Radeon RX 570 4GB has a suggested retail price of U.S. $169.

Alongside the launch of the RX 580 and RX 570 video cards, AMD released a new version its Radeon Crimson ReLive software suite. The RX 570 costs $170 for 4GB, with the first cards running between $170 and $200.

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The Radeon RX 560 will reportedly field in a full Polaris 11 with 1024 cores compared to 895 cores on RX 460). The Radeon RX 570, according to AMD, should get you maximum settings at 1080p resolution. The RX 500 series adds a new power state that reduces energy demands when you're idle, using a multi-monitor setup, or watching media, for example. As you can see from the slides below, AMD Radeon RX 500 series will have all the latest AMD Radeon technologies including optimized DirectX 12 and Vulkan support, FreeSync, ReLive, Chill and HEVC H.265 4K Encode/Decode capabilities.

Whatever the case may be, the RX 580 should be a pretty great GPU for gamers that are on a budget. The RX 500 series represents a "re-spin" of RX 400 architecture assuredly. A non-Golden Sample version of the Red Devil RX 580 will carry an MSRP of $230. There are only a couple of these graphic cards though.

The RX 570 comes next after the RX 580 and its memory clock has been increased to 7 Gbps from 6.6 Gbps of its predecessor.

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 580 Limited Edition as well as regular SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 all begin shipping today, and will be available from selected SAPPHIRE e-tailers and retailers worldwide. So, while the RX 580 is clearly an upgrade, it is not in a different league altogether.

Reddit user PeacefulFellow posted the 50-second-long teaser video of AMD Radeon RX Vega.

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