AMD Finally Releases Polaris Architecture Based Radeon RX 500 Series

  • AMD Finally Releases Polaris Architecture Based Radeon RX 500 Series

AMD Finally Releases Polaris Architecture Based Radeon 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 highly-anticipated Vega cards, which will be AMD's answer to NVIDIA's Pascal GPUs, are expected to arrive sometime later this year. While there are a couple of benchmarks on Radeon RX 500 series particularly on Radeon RX 580 graphics card, categorizing it as XTR or XTX remains cloudy. Or wait until you really feel the need. AMD is positioning the Radeon RX 500 series as a ideal upgrade choice from GPUs of those generations in the 2014-2015 timeframe. Take a gander and then we'll dig in a little deeper with the custom MSI cards we have on hand.

Last but not least, AMD is introducing the Radeon RX 550 as a new GPU class.

Whatever the case may be, the RX 580 should be a pretty great GPU for gamers that are on a budget. And the GPUs will also be manufactured using a 14nm FinFET process. Known to be a full upgrade of the Radeon RX 400 series, what people could feel about the graphics card depends on what they choose. These updated models also have aggressive power tuning and support lower-power multi-monitor and idle power states. Hot on the heels of announcing its refreshed Polarish line, AMD has made available a new set of Crimson ReLive drivers that add support for its newly minted Radeon RX 580 and 570 graphics cards.

Today's review will feature the Sapphire NITRO+ Radeon RX 580 8GB. Outfitted with only 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM and 8 compute units, this graphics card won't be setting any GPU frequency records with its 1,183 boost clock, but may be ideal for streaming and 4K video playback. Unusually, the Dual card runs its memory at just 7 GT/s like an RX 570 instead of the typical 8 GT/s for a fully-enabled RX 580. And it can achieve this level of performance within a 185-watt typical board power that necessitates a single 8-pin supplemental PCI Express power feed.

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

The Aorus Radeon RX 570 comes with a factory overclock to 1,280MHz, which works out to 36MHz over the stock RX 470 spec.

The new AMD Radeon RX 580 will now run at a base/boost clock of 1257MHz/1340MHz. The RX 570 has also seen a major bump in the base clock speed from 926 MHz to 1168 MHz.

The Dual-X cooling in SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 580 and 570 has undergone a complete overhaul.

One of the most interesting changes in the new series is the RX 560.

The Aorus Radeon RX 570. MSI's Twin Frozr VI can even operate in a completely silent mode; when the GPU is not under load and running below 60'C, the fans will stop completely and produce no noise at all.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 shares the same specifications in terms of Compute Units, Stream Processors, ROPs and TMUs as the AMD Radeon RX 480.

Reddit user PeacefulFellow posted the 50-second-long teaser video of AMD Radeon RX Vega. The outputs on the cards are similar, however.