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AMD sets up Radeon RX 500X Series product pages

by Mark Tyson on 9 April 2018, 10:11


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Over the weekend an eagle eyed Redditor noticed that AMD has been setting up product pages for an upcoming Radeon RX 500X Series of graphics cards. As well as a Series overview page, there exists product page placeholders for RX 580X, RX 570X, RX 560X, and RX 550X cards.

An unfortunate fact about the above links are that they are either blank or contain specification tables identical to the current products (without an X suffix). They seem to be just templates, uploaded ready to be tweaked when RX 500X Series graphics card specs gets passed down to the marketing department.

Obviously the Radeon RX 500X Series are new upcoming cards, but what could that 'X' suffix mean? Back in September 2013 AMD set up a new nomenclature, or naming scheme, for its graphics cards, which it would be entirely sensible to stick to. The new guidelines indicated that the X suffix would be available to signify an XT or Pro card. We can be reasonably certain that these new 'X' cards will deliver higher performance. The 'X' suffix could mean other things too, such as an 'XFR' style boost mode, a new GPU fabrication process, faster memory, we just don't know.

AMD hasn't always stuck to its own naming rules. For example it launched the AMD Radeon RX 470D in China back in 2016. This was a version of the RX 470 card with a few less GPU cores enabled to fill a pricing gap between it and the RX 460 where the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti sat comfortably at the time.

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Of course, the 2013 scheme mentioned was replaced when the RX 400 series was released: https://videocardz.com/61721/amd-radeon-rx-400-series-naming-scheme-explained

Only, there weren't meant to be any suffixes for the RX series cards - they were meant to use the final digit to indicate a revision of the same card (i.e. a revised RX580 should be an RX585).

Basically, AMD's ‘announced’ card-naming schemes are worthless and get discarded as soon as the marketing people get involved, AFAICT…
I wonder what the improvements will be?? Nvidia is after all launching a new range this year!!
True or False: Polaris architecture is old but manages to beat a GTX1060 so why not re-Brandion?
I've seen some reports say that the AMD Radeon RX 560X, for example, is a clock bumped version of the RX 560M. Evidence of this is in an official Acer Nitro laptop listing here.
re-re-launching polaris would be odd given the rumours of small vega (V32) last year