AMD Officially Launches Radeon RX 500 Series Polaris 20 Refresh Cards – Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570 Review Roundup

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Apr 18, 2017
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AMD has officially launched their Polaris 20 or Polaris Refresh based Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards. The cards to hit the market today are the Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570.

AMD Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570 Officially Launched – Polaris Targets Mainstream Desktop PCs Once Again

The AMD Radeon RX 500 series are based on the Polaris GPU architecture. Today, AMD is releasing two Polaris 20 based graphics cards that include the Radeon RX 580 and the Radeon RX 570. Next up, we will get to see two more variants based on the Polaris 11 and Polaris 12 graphics core. The AMD Radeon RX 500 series is once again going to hit the market at sub-$300 US pricing. This will allow AMD to target the wider mainstream market which was their main aim with the Radeon RX 400 series too.

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The AMD Radeon RX 500 series cards, as previously confirmed, will include the Radeon RX 580 (Polaris 20), Radeon RX 570 (Polaris 20), Radeon RX 560 (Polaris 11) and the Radeon RX 550 (Polaris 12). The refreshed cards will be available in the same price ranges as their older 400 series siblings so AMD is mostly looking to increase performance in their cards through higher clock speeds, however at the cost of slightly higher power consumption which does affect efficiency.

AMD’s new target base are users who haven’t updated since the Radeon 300 series cards or the NVIDIA side GeForce 900 series. As most of these cards aren’t able to handle newer titles at the popular 1080p resolution, AMD is offering a refreshed lineup to entice those users who skipped the Radeon RX 400 series but can now get something better in the form of the Radeon RX 500 series which has several AIB variant available at launch.

AMD Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570 Review Roundup

The reviews for the AMD Radeon RX 500 series cards from various tech sites can be seen below. You can also check out our own review of Sapphire’s Radeon RX 570 Nitro+ in the video posted below, covered by our very own Keith May:

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AMD Radeon RX 580 Graphics Card Specifications

The AMD Radeon RX 580 will be featuring a slightly higher clocked Polaris 10 GPU known as Polaris 20 XTX. So this is similar to many custom variants of the Radeon RX 480 that are available on the market. The card will feature all 2304 stream processors, 144 TMUs, 32 ROPs.

The chip itself will be clocked at 1340 MHz boost to deliver 6.17 TFLOPs of compute performance. Radeon RX 580 will be available in both 8 GB and 4 GB GDDR5 memory variants, clocking in at 8.0 GHz along a 256-bit bus interface. The card will pump out 256 GB/s bandwidth. The reference models will feature a single 8-pin power connector so we can determine 8+6 or 8+8 pin configurations on custom models. The Radeon RX 580 has a TDP of 185W.

The pricing of the Radeon RX 580 4 GB variant is $199 US while the 8 GB variant will cost $229 US. The RX 580 custom models will be available for higher prices since they offer premium cooling designs and PCB custom designs.

AMD Radeon RX 580 Gaming Performance Benchmarks

AMD is comparing the Radeon RX 580 against the Radeon R9 380X and custom GeForce GTX 970s. The same cards were also compared against the Radeon RX 480 however the RX 580 will offer better gaming performance than these since it’s based on a refined core with higher clock speeds. We are looking at a GPU capable of over 60 FPS at 1440P in several titles at a very affordable price range as mentioned in previous posts.

AMD Radeon RX 570 Graphics Card Specifications

The Radeon RX 570 will also be featuring the Polaris 20 GPU but a slightly cut down variant known as Polaris 20 XL. This card will be similar to the RX 470, featuring a cut down Polaris core with 2048 cores. The card will additionally feature a clock at 1244 MHz boost which would yield compute output of more than 5.1 TFLOPs.

In terms of memory, we are looking at up to 8 GB of GDDR5 which will be clocked at a 7.0 GHz to deliver 224 GB/s bandwidth. Power will be provided through a single 6-pin connector on the reference models so expect to see several 6+6 pin custom models. The Radeon RX 570 has a TDP of 150W.

The card will also be available in 4 GB models. Pricing wise, the card will cost around the $169-179 US price range for the base variant while the 8 GB model will retail for as high as $199 US. Expect custom models to cost more.

AMD Radeon RX 570 Gaming Performance Benchmarks

The AMD Radeon RX 570 will be offering the best visuals and performance at 1080P resolution with a 4 GB GDDR5 frame buffer. Just like the Radeon RX 470, the Radeon RX 570 will offer smooth 60 FPS gaming performance at 1080P resolutions with settings maxed out in a range of titles. However, the titles need to be optimized within AMD’s Radeon Software for best experience in AAA and VR titles.

AMD Radeon RX 560 Graphics Card Specifications

The AMD Radeon RX 560 is the reincarnation of the Radeon RX 460 graphics card. It will be using the old Polaris 11 GPU but with a new name, Polaris 21. This card will feature 1024 stream processors, 64 TMUs and 16 ROPs.

As for clock speeds, the Polaris 11 chip will be clocked at 1175 MHz base and 1257 MHz boost clocks which means we are looking at just about 2 TFLOPs of (FP32) computing performance. The card will be available in both 2 GB or 4 GB variants and would come clocked at 7 GHz along with a 128-bit memory bus. The card will deliver a theoretical bandwidth of 112 GB/s which should be enough to feed the entry level card. As for pricing, we can expect it to be somewhere between $99-109 US.

AMD Radeon RX 560 Gaming Performance Benchmarks

The AMD Radeon RX 560 will be aiming for the efficient 1080P gaming range so we can expect this card to be perfect for eSports and MOBA titles which are really popular among the PC gaming masses these days. It seems like the Radeon RX 560 will be replacing the Radeon RX 460 and besting it out in all ways possible. You get a higher frame buffer by reference design, faster clock speeds, lower power input and a range of other Radeon specific enhancements.

AMD Radeon RX 550 Graphics Card Specifications

The AMD Radeon RX 550 is based on a new Polaris GPU known as Polaris 12 and internally known as Lexa Pro. This card will feature only 512 stream processors, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs. As for boost clocks, it will clock around 1183 MHz while the memory will be configured at 7.0 GHz. The 2/4 GB GDDR5 memory will operate along a 128-bit bus and deliver 112 GB/s bandwidth. For this low-end card, we can expect a price of $79 US.

AMD has also stated in their presentation that the Radeon RX 550 will be available in low profile form factor which is splendid for users who want to built mini desktop PCs for video streaming and regular gaming workloads.

AMD Radeon RX 550 Gaming Performance Benchmarks

The AMD Radeon RX 550 is the newest of the bunch and AMD will be aiming this at PCs which lack a discrete GPU, meaning that it’s supposed to be really affordable and targeted at the less than $99 US market. The performance details show that the Radeon RX 550 obliterates the much older R7 250 that utilizes the Oland GPU architecture while the Intel HD 530 integrated chip on several Intel Skylake processors is of no match against the discrete solution.

AMD Radeon RX 500 Series Polaris Refreshes:

AMD Radeon RX 400 Series Graphics CardsGPU NameCores / ClockMemory / ClockBus / BandwidthAMD Radeon RX 500 Series Graphics CardsGPU NameCores / Boost ClockMemory / ClockBus / Bandwidth
Radeon RX 480Polaris 10 (Ellesmere XT)2304 / 1266 MHz8/4 GB / 8.0 GHz256-bit / 256 GB/sRadeon RX 580Polaris 20 XLX
(Ellesmere XT)
2304 / 1340 MHz8/4 GB / 8.0 GHz256-bit / 256 GB/s
Radeon RX 470Polaris 10 (Ellesmere Pro)2048 / 1206 MHz8/4 GB / 6.6 GHz256-bit / 212 GB/sRadeon RX 570Polaris 20 XL (Ellesmere Pro)2048 / 1244 MHz8/4 GB / 7.0 GHz256-bit / 224 GB/s
Radeon RX 460Polaris 11 (Baffin Pro)896 / 1200 MHz4/2 GB / 7.0 GHz128-bit / 112 GB/sRadeon RX 560Polaris 21 (Baffin Pro)1024 / 1275 MHz4/2 GB / 7.0 GHz128-bit / 112 GB/s
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/ARadeon RX 550Polaris 12 (Lexa Pro)512/ 1183 MHz4/2 GB / 7.0 GHz128-bit / 112 GB/s

Summing things up, the AMD Radeon RX 580 will offer 1.6x more performance compared to the Radeon R9 380X, the Radeon RX 570 will offer up to 2.4x more performance compared to the Radeon R7 370, the Radeon RX 560 will offer up to 2x more performance compared to the Radeon R7 360 and the Radeon RX 550 is going to offer up to 5x more performance compared to a standard integrated graphics solution.

Aside from performance updates, the refreshed Polaris lineup will be fully compatible with AMD Radeon FreeSync, Radeon ReLive, Radeon Chill, optimized DirectX 12 / Vulkan drivers and support HEVC H.265 4K decoding. With the Radeon RX 500 series launched, now eyes are on the high-end Radeon RX Vega series which will be available in the coming months.

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