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AMD RX 500 Series Launched; Pricing Details Now Available

19 April 2017
AMD RX 500 Series Launched; Pricing Details Now Available

We will bring the complete specifications of the AMD Radeon RX 500 Series graphics card once information becomes available. The ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 OC will set you back $190, the ROG Strix RX 580 OC will set you back $275, and the top-shelf RX 580 "Top" card will run you $299. At the lowest end there's the RX 550, which AMD sees a step up from integrated graphics for $79. Nevertheless, the RX 580 has the same core specs and memory interface speeds as the RX 480, but it's clocked 100MHz higher at 1257/1340 base and boost clock speeds. It will come with a boost clock speed of 1.27 MHz and probably be a variant with up to 4GB of VRAM as well. On the RX 570 the gap is even bigger since the new card features Core/Boost frequencies of 1168/1244 MHz while the previous model clocked at 926/1206 MHz.

Improved response times, more efficiency, and cooler operation with Radeon Chill - Radeon Chill is an advanced framerate controller for the Radeon RX 500 series that works automatically in the background (when enabled) to dynamically regulate framerates in today's most popular games based on the speed of mouse movements and the gamer's activity in a scene. 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. For instance, RX 500 has higher boost clock than RX 400, 1340 MHz vs 1266 MHz. The 2GB RX 560 launches in early May for £99, while the 2GB RX 550 launches on April 20 for a wallet-friendly £80. But does it makes sense for you to buy a Radeon RX 570?

AMD isn't doing anything fundamentally new with its RX 5xx refresh cycle, but both the RX 560 and RX 570 should be noticeably faster than their predecessors, improving the company's competitive stance against Team Green. 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 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. 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. The "older" RX 480 Red Devil PCB and cooler are now used on RX 570 Red Devil graphics card.

Want to use your new RX 580 for VR? All told, the Radeon RX 580 offers up a total of 6.17 TFLOPs of compute performance with up to 256GB/s of peak memory bandwidth.

The two GPUs launching today, the RX-580 and RX-570, are now available for purchase with AIB partners following up with their custom designs. The flagship is the Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ Limited Edition, which has a 1450MHz GPU Boost clock and cherry-picked GPUs to ensure maximum performance.

- - Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+.