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AMD Radeon RX 590 and Radeon RX 580 Graphics Card Reportedly Receiving Price Cuts – New Prices To Be $199 and $229, Starting in Few Weeks

Feb 25, 2019

AMD would soon be offering price cuts on their mainstream line of graphics cards based on the Polaris GPU architecture if rumors hold any truth. The mainstream Radeon RX 500 series cards would be the next in line to receive price cuts in the coming weeks as mentioned in a tweet by Bits and Chips.

AMD Radeon RX 590 and Radeon RX 580 Rumored To Get Price Cuts In The Coming Weeks - Prices Down To $229 US and $199 US, Respectively

The rumor states that the cards to be hit with the new price cuts would be the AMD Polaris based mainstream cards. These include the Radeon RX 590 and the Radeon RX 580. The Radeon RX 580 was based on the Polaris 20 GPU architecture while the Radeon RX 590 is based on the Polaris 30 GPU architecture. It was also recently rumored that AMD might be introducing their Radeon Navi GPUs in July aiming the mainstream segment so it's highly likely that they are clearing inventory of Polaris cards before the arrival of next-gen parts.

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Both cards have the same GPU configuration of 2304 stream processors, 144 TMUs and 32 ROPs. Both cards even feature the same memory configuration of 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM, running across a 256-bit wide bus interface at a clock speed of 8000 MHz. The only differences between the cards are their manufacturing process and clock speeds. While the RX 580 is more close to the RX 480 with its 14nm process node and up to 1340 MHz clocks, the RX 590 utilizes the 12nm process to deliver clock speeds of up to 1545 MHz.

AMD Radeon RX 500 /X Series Polaris Lineup:

AMD Radeon RX 500 /X Series Graphics CardsGPU NameBus / BandwidthMemory / ClockCores / Boost ClockAMD Radeon RX 400 Series Graphics CardsGPU NameCores / ClockMemory / ClockBus / Bandwidth
Radeon RX 590Polaris 30 XT256-bit / 256 GB/s8 GB / 8.0 GHz2304 / 1546 MHzN/AN/AN/A
Radeon RX 580Polaris 20 XLX
(Ellesmere XT)
256-bit / 256 GB/s8/4 GB / 8.0 GHz2304 / 1340 MHzRadeon RX 480Polaris 10 (Ellesmere XT)2304 / 1266 MHz8/4 GB / 8.0 GHz256-bit / 256 GB/s
Radeon RX 570Polaris 20 XL (Ellesmere Pro)256-bit / 212 GB/s8/4 GB / 6.6 GHz2048 / 1244 MHzRadeon RX 470Polaris 10 (Ellesmere Pro)2048 / 1206 MHz8/4 GB / 7.0 GHz256-bit / 224 GB/s
Radeon RX 560Polaris 21 (Baffin Pro)128-bit / 112 GB/s4/2 GB / 7.0 GHz1024 / 1275 MHzRadeon RX 460Polaris 11 (Baffin Pro)896 / 1200 MHz4/2 GB / 7.0 GHz128-bit / 112 GB/s
Radeon RX 550Polaris 12 (Lexa Pro)N/AN/A512/ 1287 MHzN/AN/AN/A4/2 GB / 7.0 GHz128-bit / 112 GB/s
AMD Radeon RX 540X (Mobile Only) Polaris 12 (Lexa Pro)N/AN/A512 / 1219 MHzN/AN/AN/A4/2 GB / 6.0 GHz128-bit / 96 GB/s
AMD Radeon 540X (Mobile Only) Polaris 12 (Lexa Pro)N/AN/A512 / 1219 MHzN/AN/AN/A4/2 GB / 6.0 GHz64-bit / 48 GB/s

The cards were also priced differently at launch. The Radeon RX 580 (8 GB) was available for $229 US on launch while the Radeon RX 590 (8 GB) launched at $279 US. Considering that the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is the direct competitor of the Radeon RX 590 for the same price, it doesn't make lots of sense for users to get the RX 590, especially since the GTX 1660 Ti excels in all performance and efficiency metrics and is closer to the Radeon RX Vega 56 than the Radeon RX 590.

Based on this, AMD is likely to drop prices on the Radeon RX 590 to RX 580 levels. This would mean that the Radeon RX 590 would be available for $229 US, a much more reasonable price point than the one the card launched at.

For the Radeon RX 580, it obviously cannot stay at its launch price either so will be dropped to $199 US. Both of these will be 8 GB models and so we can guess that the 4 GB models would also get a slight price cut. The rumor states that the price cut would be offered in the coming weeks so we will keep you updated once the price cuts are live.

Will you consider purchasing a Polaris based RX 500 series graphics cards after price cuts?