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AMD Radeon RX 500 graphics cards presentation slides leak

by Mark Tyson on 14 April 2017, 12:01


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Slides shown off at an Asia-based presentation by AMD have leaked onto the internet ahead of the expected Radeon RX 500 series launch. The slides were originally posted by a Japanese site but have since been taken down by that source; however Fudzilla has reproduced the key images in its own news piece. It is expected that the official launch of the Radeon RX 500 series will be on Tuesday 18th April - hopefully accompanied by a bevy of tech sites publishing detailed real-world performance statistic packed reviews.

AMD's Radeon RX 500 series appears to consist of four main graphics card models; the RX 580, RX 570, RX 560 and the RX 550. In summary, the cards look to be GPU-clock bumped rebrands of the RX 400 series. One slide reveals that "3rd Gen FinFET 14" and "aggressive tuning" are behind the extra MHz squeezed from AMD's latest graphics card series. In another physical change, these 'Polaris Evolved' reference cards come as standard with dual-fan coolers.

In the slides there are some performance comparisons for the various members of the Radeon RX 500 series but it is notable that AMD hasn't compared any of them against the corresponding RX 400 series graphics cards.

Starting at the top of the range, the Radeon RX 580 features a GPU with 36 CUs and a base/boost clock speed of 1257/1340MHz. Remember, the reference RX 480 has the same number of CUs but a but a base/boost clock speed of 1120/1266MHz (about 5 or 6 per cent slower). AMD calls the RX 580 a card for 'smooth HD gaming and beyond' plus 'immersive VR'. It shows off a couple of comparative benchmarks in popular new games pitting the 'Polaris Evolved' against a Strix GTX 970 and a Radeon R9 380X (see above).

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The AMD Radeon RX 570 has very similar looking specs to the RX 470, but with faster clocks. A rung below, the AMD RX 560 packs a fully enabled Polaris 11 GPU with 1024 Stream Processors plus 1175/1275MHz GPU base/boost clocks. Lastly, the new RX 550 features 8 CUs / 512 Stream Processors. Its GPU is clocked at 1183MHz (boost figure only provided) and it packs 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit interface. This card is reckoned to be based upon a new 'Polaris 12' GPU.

When the Radeon RX 500 series is launched it's expected to be priced similarly to the series it replaces. That could mean some Radeon RX 400 bargains might become available for those on the lookout for GPUs in these price / performance brackets.

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no more 4GB 580 or 8GB 570?
AMD's Glatest huh ;)
if indeed just a higher clocked version of Polaris(e.g RX 480) why didnt they just call them as RX 4x5 example 485, 475 etc. to call them one step higher numbering leaves number spacing for future products to have to change naming yet again.

IMO it would make far better sense to call the refined/rebranded ones as just a higher number in the same family as they are based on polaris, not on vega, so 485 IMO would still give consumers proper information on purchasing ex the 485 is better/faster than 480 and leaves open the 5xx for an actual new generation not just a “tuned” version..you know kind of like way back when with 4850/4870 when 4890 was released it was/did fit in the 48xx family as it was just a few extra shaders, higher clocked version of 4870, just as 580 is essentially just a higher clocked 480(beyond any optimizations being done)

Crappy noclementaure is just crappy nomenclature with potential consumers feeling cheated or whatever, whereas again IMO if you get a 485 and it is just a chunk faster then 480 maybe less power use cooler running or whatever is much different than calling it a higher number such as 580 where most would be expecting a solid chunk higher given performance, from the sounds of it, such is not the case maybe 10% at the very most card vs card
(1120 base 1266 boost using 8Ghz as the memory speed vs a “gain” stock clocks at 137Mhz boost of 91Mhz maybe memory clocked higher than 8000? while using less power then outgoing 4xx series I would hope that the boost clock stays active more often and cooling system has been refined as well(instead of most times was clocking down to less then “base” clock cause of heat/power limitation via the poor reference cooling solution even some of the custom ones folks were paying much more than should have so as to give even more reason to not bother with RX 480 at the same or less launch price for the 8Gb version as launch price of $199 was a pipe dream 9/10 when pretty much every seller was pricing above this amount for the 4gb version and at least $40 more then should have been for the 8Gb versions)

Anyways, only a few days more to see what the mis-named RX 5xx series will bring :)
Doesn't matter, no cards is really updated for 4K anyway as it is, in the adverts yes… but reality no… just getting 60FPS min is the devil as it is, it is better to stick with the cheaper solution that easely would run anything ultra on a 1080p monitor at 80fps or better or whichever.
AMD's Glatest huh ;)

Short for ‘latest and greatest’ don't you know? :)