AMD Launches Radeon RX-500 Series; Polaris Evolved for 2017

Apr 19, 2017, 01:42
AMD Launches Radeon RX-500 Series; Polaris Evolved for 2017

According to Forbes, the Radeon RX 580 will be leading the pack, being on par with NVIDIA's 1060 GPU.The 500 series is not meant to be as ground-breaking as the 10-series of NVIDIA was, but is merely meant to act as a refresh of the already worn out 400 series of Radeon graphics cards. You can check out our full Asus Strix RX 570 review to find out which GPU is best, or join us for our weekly computing podcast, Close to the Metal. The slight increase in clock speed (up to six percent for the boost clock and about 15 percent on average for the base clock) and the slight tweaks to the Polaris architecture that make it "second generation" don't inspire thrills, and mostly contribute to decreased power draw. The memory bus is still 128-bit, and the RX 550 reportedly has 32 texture mapping units, or TMUs.

Asus specs the ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 TOP card for up to 1431 MHz core clock while in OC mode, and 1411 MHz in Gaming mode. Although not officially listed by AMD, the Radeon RX 580 will also be available with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.

The Dual-X cooling in SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 580 and 570 has undergone a complete overhaul. The reference specifications call for boost and base GPU clocks of 1340MHz and 1257MHz, respectively, with 8GB of GDDR5 memory (8Gb/s) linked to the GPU via a 256-bit interface. It's supposed to run flat out at 1266MHz, but in our testing of pretty much every AMD Radeon RX 480 we have found the GPU clock speed can not maintain that frequency consistently at default settings in most of our retail card reviews. The company is also releasing the RX 570, 560, and 550. Whereas, the RX 550 is designed for the users who want a little more muscle power than the integrated graphics.

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AMD has announced a new lineup of graphics cards and, before you start shouting " is finally here", you should know it's a new set of Polaris GPUs. This should give it a decent boost compared to the Radeon RX 460.

The RX 570 is an overclocked RX 470 with the same 2048 stream processors but base clock speed boosted to 1168MHz and the boost clock speed boosted to 1244MHz. 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. The RX 400 series is now going EOL (End of Life) and will not longer be produced once inventories are sold off. The RX 500 series represents a "re-spin" of RX 400 architecture assuredly. That lead to the expected increase in performance compared the the RX 480, in a marketplace somewhat different than what the first Polaris chips arrived in. AMD is claiming that the RX 560 should be on store shelves by early May with an SEP of $100 for a 2GB card. This includes the AMD Radeon RX 580, RX 570, RX 560, and RX 550.

All of Asus' Radeon RX 580 cards come with two HDMI 2.0 ports, two DisplayPort connectors, and a DVI port.