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AMD Radeon RX 590 Unveiled – The Last Of The Polaris?

AMD just unveiled the latest and probably the last of the Polaris – the AMD Radeon RX 590 graphics card! Let’s find out what AMD is squeezing out of their Polaris microarchitecture!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 590 Graphics Card

Powered by the AMD Polaris architecture , the AMD Radeon RX 590 graphics card provides faster clock speeds than the AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card, delivering up to 20 percent better performance-per-dollar than the competition.

Paired with the AMD Radeon FreeSync gaming display technology and loaded with the latest AMD Radeon Software features, the AMD Radeon RX 590 graphics card promises to deliver a better gaming experience.

“This new graphics card provides beautiful visuals, blistering frame rates, and the latest and greatest features for PC gaming.Combined with AMD Radeon FreeSync technology4 for smooth, stutter-free gaming, game Day-0 launch performance updates and an ever-expanding Radeon Software feature set, the Radeon RX 590 graphics card provides an amazing experience for the legions of performance and hard-core gamers everywhere.”said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. 

 

AMD Radeon RX 590 Key Features

Outstanding Gaming Performance : The AMD Radeon RX 590 graphics card is built upon 12 nm process technology and the AMD Polaris architecture, including 4th Gen GCN graphics cores, display engine and multimedia cores to enable exceptional performance in low-level APIs like DirectX 12 and Vulkan. It also provides a visually stunning HD gaming experience running at up to 60 FPS or higher in the most popular AAA games, and up to 100 FPS in some of the most popular eSports titles .

Best Software Features for Gamers : AMD Radeon Software features game Day-0 driver support and up-to-the minute game optimizations for performance enhancements. Gamers can effortlessly capture, stream and share their memorable moments and clutch victories with Radeon ReLive technology; monitor performance and PC system info, and socialize with the AMD Link app; and fine-tune a range of settings to fit their needs with AMD Radeon WattMan technology .

Largest Gaming Display Ecosystem : With over 500 AMD Radeon FreeSync-capable monitors to choose from, achieving pixel-perfect, silky-smooth gameplay has never been easier. AMD Radeon FreeSync technology synchronizes the monitor update rate to the game, eliminating tears and choppiness. AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR technology offers up to 2x better brightness and colour volume compared to sRGB .

Premium Virtual Reality : The AMD Radeon RX 590 graphics card delivers beautifully rich and immersive VR environments during gameplay. AMD LiquidVR technology provides broad compatibility, plug-and-play ease of use and stable platform support for the new wave of advanced VR vendors and technologies.

 

Up to 3 Free Games with Radeon RX Purchase!

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AMD also launched the ‘Raise the Game Fully Loaded’ bundle, offering gamers PC versions of the highly anticipated Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5 and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 for free with the purchase of an eligible AMD Radeon RX graphics card or Radeon RX powered PC.

Gamers who purchase an AMD Radeon RX Vega or RX 590, or an eligible Radeon RX Vega or RX 590 powered PC, will receive free copies of all three games. Gamers who purchase an AMD Radeon RX 580 or RX 570 graphics card, or an eligible Radeon RX 580 or RX 570 powered PC, can choose two of these games for free.

The AMD Radeon RX 590 graphics card is available worldwide for US$ 279 from leading add-in-board partners, including ASUS, PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX.

 

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The AMD Radeon Pro 500 Series for iMac Revealed!

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — June 05, 2017 — Today AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) unveiled the high-performance, power-efficient Radeon Pro 500 series graphics, fueling beyond-UHD creativity in All-In-One computing.

 

The AMD Radeon Pro 500 Series for iMac Revealed!

Available in the updated 21.5- and 27-inch iMac, Radeon Pro 500 series graphics enable extraordinary computing experiences, including stunning gaming, immersive VR on select models*, and fluid content creation with exceptional performance and support for GPU acceleration across a range of creative applications on the Mac platform, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop and the Foundry Nuke, Mari and Moo.

Moreover, Radeon Pro 500 series provides accelerated performance for the Radeon ProRender photorealistic ray-tracing rendering technology which is enabled for Autodesk Maya, and Maxon’s Cinema 4D.

Radeon Pro 500 series graphics harness up to 5.5 TFLOPS of performance, unleashing the creativity of artists, designers, photographers, filmmakers, visualizers and engineers, and aspiring creative types across high-resolution canvases in the most popular creative applications, powering through the most demanding games, and bringing fantastic worlds to life in VR.

The Radeon Pro 500 series makes use of the critically-acclaimed “Polaris” GPU architecture, delivering the perfect balance of performance and operating efficiency that makes them ideal for All-In-Ones.

“It is incredibly satisfying to see the capabilities of Radeon Pro 500 series in elegant form factors and enabling amazing content creation, gaming and VR experiences,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “Radeon Pro 500 Series graphics are enabling new generations of makers with compute-accelerated creative tools and new APIs, bringing their imaginations to life in ways like never before.”

*Available on the Radeon Pro 580.

 

The AMD Radeon Pro 500 Series Graphics Cards

Here are the AMD Radeon Pro 500 Series graphics cards, and their key specifications :

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  • AMD Radeon Pro 580
    5.5 TFLOPs peak performance
    36 compute units, with 2304 stream processors
    217 GB/s memory bandwidth
  • AMD Radeon Pro 575
    4.5 TFLOPs peak performance
    32 compute units, with 2048 stream processors
    217 GB/s memory bandwidth
  • AMD Radeon Pro 570
    3.6 TFLOPs peak performance
    36 compute units, with 2304 stream processors
    217 GB/s memory bandwidth
  • AMD Radeon Pro 560
    1.9 TFLOPs peak performance
    16 compute units, with 1024 stream processors
    81 GB/s memory bandwidth
  • AMD Radeon Pro 555
    1.3 TFLOPs peak performance
    12 compute units, with 768 stream processors
    81 GB/s memory bandwidth

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The Dell Computex 2017 Product Launch Coverage

The third major event at Computex Taipei 2017 was the Dell Computex 2017 product launch event. This year, Dell restricted themselves to only three new models, with a twist – they are all powered by an AMD processor!

So it was no surprise when AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su came to lend her support for the new AMD-powered Dell computers. Check out what Dell has in store for the second half of 2017!

 

The Dell Computex 2017 Product Launch

That Dell would adopt the much-vaunted AMD Ryzen 7 processor is no surprise. Using it to power the new Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop is only natural. What is surprising though is their decision to also use it to power the new Dell Inspiron 27 7000 AIO system!

Could you have imagined that an AIO system would not only boast an 8-core processor, but also a powerful AMD Radeon RX 500 series graphics card? That is an impressive engineering feat by both Dell and AMD engineers who worked together to create it.

If you are on a budget, Dell offers the Dell Inspiron 24 5000 AIO system. It too boasts a powerful AMD Radeon RX 500 series graphics card. We are perplexed though by Dell’s decision to go with the older 7th Generation AMD A-Series APU, instead of the new AMD Ryzen 5 processor.

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Our Earlier Posts On The Dell Computex 2017 Product Launch

At the Dell Computex 2017 press conference, Ray Mak showed off the first and only AIO powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 processor – the Dell Inspiron 27 7000.

Ray also showed off a smaller AMD A10-powered AIO model – the Dell Inspiron 24 5000.

AMD President & CEO Dr. Lisa Su even came up to talk about their partnership with Dell.

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The AMD Ryzen 5 & Radeon RX 500 Series Tech Briefing

The year 2017 is definitely The Year Of AMD Rising, with the launch of the AMD Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors and the forthcoming launch of AMD Radeon Vega. Even before the Radeon Vega arrives, AMD introduced the AMD Radeon RX 500 Series graphics cards.

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But in case you are not in the mood for so much reading, James Prior and Korhan Erenben from AMD are here to explain it all to you.

 

The AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Tech Briefing

In this video, James Prior, Product Manager for AMD Client Desktop, reveals the key features and benefits of the new AMD Ryzen 5 processors, as well as the AMD AM4 motherboard chipsets.

Here are the key takeaway points :

  • The new AMD Zen core delivers 52% more instructions per clock than the previous generation Excavator core.
  • The AMD Ryzen 7 processors took on the Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake processors, delivering better performance at much lower price points.
  • The AMD Ryzen 5 processors, similarly, deliver better performance at lower price points, than their Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake rivals.
  • Unlike Intel Core processors, every AMD Ryzen processor is multiplier-unlocked for overclocking flexibility.
  • All desktop (non-SFF) AMD AM4 chipsets and motherboards feature native USB 3.1 Gen 2 support.
  • The AMD Ryzen 3 series will arrive in 2H 2017.
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The AMD Radeon RX 500 Series Tech Briefing

In this video, Korhan Erenben, Channel Business Development Manager for AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group, explains the value proposition of the new Radeon RX 500 Series graphics cards.

Here are the key takeaway points :

  • Dubbed Polaris Evolved, the AMD Radeon RX 500 Series is targeted at gamers with older (pre-2016) graphics cards.
  • The Radeon RX 500 Series offers the latest 14 nm FinFET process technology, higher clock speeds, hardware H.265 encoding and decoding capability, as well as enhanced idle and multi-monitor efficiency through Radeon Chill and Radeon FreeSync.
  • Radeon Chill improves response times while reducing power consumption and thermal output of AMD Radeon graphics cards.
  • Radeon ReLive, that was introduced recently, is an end-to-end recording and streaming software supports all of the top streaming codecs.
  • Radeon ReLive is GPU-optimised and allows for smooth game streaming without stuttering.

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The 27 New AMD Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards Revealed!

AMD just announced the new Radeon RX 500 Series graphics cards. Dubbed Polaris Refined, they run the same Polaris GPUs as the Radeon RX 480 graphics card. They basically offer higher clock speeds and/or additional Compute Units. There was one new model though – the entry-level Radeon RX 550.

In this article, we will share with you the first 27 Radeon RX 500 graphics cards to be introduced into the market. Check them out!

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The AORUS Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards (4 Models)
– AORUS Radeon RX580 XTR 8G
– AORUS Radeon RX580 8GB
– AORUS Radeon RX580 4GB
– AORUS Radeon RX570

The ASUS Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards (3 Models)
– ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 OC Edition
– ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 OC Edition
– ASUS Radeon RX 550

The GIGABYTE Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards (5 Models)
– GIGABYTE Radeon RX 580 Gaming 8G
– GIGABYTE Radeon RX 580 Gaming 4G
– GIGABYTE Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4G
– GIGABYTE Radeon RX 550 Gaming OC 2G
– GIGABYTE Radeon RX 550

The MSI Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards (4 Models)
– MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming X+ 8G
– MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming X 8G
– MSI Radeon RX 570 Gaming X 4G
– MSI Radeon RX 550 Aero ITX OC Edition

The PowerColor Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards (4 Models)
– PowerColor Radeon Red Devil Golden Sample RX 580
– PowerColor Radeon Red Devil RX 580
– PowerColor Radeon Red Devil RX 570
– PowerColor Radeon Red Dragon RX 550

The Sapphire Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards (6 Models)
– Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 Limited Edition
– Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580
– Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570 8GB
– Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570 4GB
– Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 550 4GB
– Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 550 2GB

Be sure to also check out The AMD Radeon RX 500 Series Tech Report.

 

 

The AORUS Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards

AORUS Radeon RX580 XTR 8G

The AORUS Radeon RX580 XTR 8G boasts the following features :

  • WINDFORCE 2X cooler with 100 mm blade fan design
  • Advanced copper back plate cooling
  • RGB Fusion – customisable LED lighting with 16.8 million colours
  • GPU core clock – 1425 MHz (gaming mode), 1439 MHz (overclock mode)

 

AORUS Radeon RX 580 8G

The AORUS Radeon RX580 8G boasts the following features :

  • WINDFORCE 2X cooler with 90 mm blade fan design
  • Advanced copper back plate cooling
  • RGB Fusion – customisable LED lighting with 16.8 million colours
  • GPU core clock – 1365 MHz (gaming mode), 1380 MHz (overclock mode)

 

AORUS Radeon RX 580 4GB

The AORUS Radeon RX580 4G boasts the following features :

  • WINDFORCE 2X cooler with 90 mm blade fan design
  • Advanced copper back plate cooling
  • RGB Fusion – customisable LED lighting with 16.8 million colours
  • GPU core clock – 1365 MHz (gaming mode), 1380 MHz (overclock mode)

 

AORUS Radeon RX 570

The AORUS Radeon RX570 boasts the following features :

  • WINDFORCE 2X cooler with 90 mm blade fan design
  • Advanced copper back plate cooling
  • RGB Fusion – customisable LED lighting with 16.8 million colours
  • GPU core clock – 1280 MHz (gaming mode), 1295 MHz (overclock mode)

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The ASUS Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards

ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 OC Edition

The ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 OC Edition from ASUS boasts the following features :

  • MaxContact Technology for 2x more contact area with the GPU for improved cooling
  • IP5X-certified Wing-Blade fans for better airflow and longer lifespan
  • ASUS Aura Sync RGB LED synchronisation
  • GPU core clock – 1360 MHz (gaming mode), 1380 MHz (overclock mode)

 

ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 OC Edition

The ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 OC Edition from ASUS boasts the following features :

  • DirectCU II heatsink with IP5X-certified Wing-Blade fans
  • ASUS Aura Sync RGB LED synchronisation
  • GPU core clock – 1300 MHz (gaming mode), 1310 MHz (overclock mode)

 

ASUS Radeon RX 550

The ASUS Radeon RX 550 boasts the following features :

  • IP5X-certified Wing-Blade fans for better airflow and longer lifespan

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The GIGABYTE Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 580 Gaming 8G

The GIGABYTE Radeon RX 580 Gaming 8G boasts the following features :

  • WINDFORCE 2X cooler with 90 mm blade fan design
  • RGB Fusion – customisable LED lighting with 16.8 million colours
  • GPU core clock – 1340 MHz (gaming mode), 1355 MHz (overclock mode)

 

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 580 Gaming 4G

The GIGABYTE Radeon RX 580 Gaming 4G boasts the following features :

  • WINDFORCE 2X cooler with 90 mm blade fan design
  • RGB Fusion – customisable LED lighting with 16.8 million colours
  • GPU core clock – 1340 MHz (gaming mode), 1355 MHz (overclock mode)

 

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4G

The GIGABYTE Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4G boasts the following features :

  • WINDFORCE 2X cooler with 90 mm blade fan design
  • RGB Fusion – customisable LED lighting with 16.8 million colours
  • GPU core clock – 1244 MHz (gaming mode), 1255 MHz (overclock mode)

 

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 550 Gaming OC 2G

The GIGABYTE Radeon RX 550 Gaming OC 2G boasts the following features :

  • WINDFORCE 2X cooler with 90 mm blade fan design

 

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 550

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The MSI Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards

MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming X+ 8G

The MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming X+ 8G boasts the following features :

  • Twin Frozr VI cooler with Torx Fan 2.0
  • Customisable LED lighting with 16.8 million colours
  • GPU core clock – 1431 MHz (gaming mode), 1441 MHz (overclock mode)

 

MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming X 8G

The MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming X 8G boasts the following features :

  • Twin Frozr VI cooler with Torx Fan 2.0
  • Customisable LED lighting with 16.8 million colours
  • GPU core clock – 1380 MHz (gaming mode), 1393 MHz (overclock mode)

 

MSI Radeon RX 570 Gaming X 4G

The MSI Radeon RX 570 Gaming X 4G boasts the following features :

  • Twin Frozr VI cooler with Torx Fan 2.0
  • Customisable LED lighting with 16.8 million colours
  • GPU core clock – 1281 MHz (gaming mode), 1293 MHz (overclock mode)

 

MSI Radeon RX 550 Aero ITX OC Edition

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The PowerColor Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards

PowerColor Radeon Red Devil Golden Sample RX 580

The PowerColor Radeon Red Devil Golden Sample RX 580 boasts the following features :

  • Multiple heatpipe cooler with Double Blade III fans
  • Black backplate and black PCB, with Digital PWM and BIOS switch
  • GPU core clock – up to 1425 MHz (overclock mode)

 

PowerColor Radeon Red Devil RX 580

The PowerColor Radeon Red Devil RX 580 boasts the following features :

  • Multiple heatpipe cooler with Double Blade III fans
  • Black backplate and black PCB, with Digital PWM and BIOS switch
  • GPU core clock – up to 1380 MHz (overclock mode)

 

PowerColor Radeon Red Devil RX 570

The PowerColor Radeon Red Devil RX 570 boasts the following features :

  • Multiple heatpipe cooler with Double Blade III fans
  • Black backplate and black PCB, with Digital PWM and BIOS switch
  • GPU core clock – up to 1320 MHz (overclock mode)

 

PowerColor Radeon Red Dragon RX 550

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The Sapphire Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 Limited Edition

The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 Limited Edition boasts the following features :

  • Dual-X Cooler with twin 95 mm fans
  • Nitro Glow – customisable RGB LED lighting
  • GPU core clock – up to 1450 MHz (overclock mode)

 

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580

The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 boasts the following features :

  • Dual-X Cooler with twin 95 mm fans
  • Nitro Glow – customisable RGB LED lighting
  • GPU core clock – up to 1411 MHz (overclock mode)

 

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570 8GB

The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570 8GB boasts the following features :

  • Dual-X Cooler with twin 95 mm fans
  • Nitro Glow – customisable RGB LED lighting
  • GPU core clock – up to 1325 MHz (overclock mode)

 

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570 4GB

The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570 4GB boasts the following features :

  • Dual-X Cooler with twin 95 mm fans
  • Nitro Glow – customisable RGB LED lighting
  • GPU core clock – up to 1325 MHz (overclock mode)

 

Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 550 4GB

 

Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 550 2GB

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The AMD Radeon RX 500 Series Tech Report

Last week, Adam Kozak, Radeon Product Marketing Manager, flew in to brief us on the Polaris Refined graphics cards. In this tech report, we will share with you the details of the new AMD Radeon RX 500 Series graphics cards, as well as Adam’s full briefing. Enjoy!

If you are wondering why Joe Macri (in white) is here as well, check out his presentation on The Disruptive Nature of AMD Ryzen! 😀

Updated at 2017-04-19 : Added the SEP Pricing section.

Originally posted @ 2017-04-18

Be sure to also check out the 27 new AMD Radeon RX 500 graphics cards that is now available for sale!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 500 Series Tech Briefing

The AMD Radeon RX 500 Series is based on the same AMD Polaris architecture as the AMD Radeon RX 480. Here is Adam’s full presentation.

Here are the key takeaway points :

  • There will be four models – the Radeon RX 580, Radeon RX 570, Radeon RX 560 and the Radeon RX 550.

  • The Radeon RX 580 is a faster version of the Radeon RX 480, with a 137 MHz (12%) higher base clock, and a 74 MHz (6%) higher boost clock.
  • The Radeon RX 580 will be able to offer 60+ fps in most games running at 1440p, and 90+ fps in VR games.
  • The Radeon RX 570 is a faster version of the Radeon RX 470, with a 242 MHz (26%) higher base clock, and a 38 MHz (3%) higher boost clock.
  • The Radeon RX 570 will be able to offer 60+ fps in most games running at 1080p.
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  • The Radeon RX 560 has 2 additional Compute Units than the Radeon RX 460, a faster version of the Radeon RX 470, with a 85 MHz (8%) higher base clock, and a 75 MHz (6%) higher boost clock.
  • The Radeon RX 560 will be able to offer 60+ fps in most games running at 1080p.
  • The Radeon RX 550 will offer a new lower price point in the Radeon RX family.
  • The Radeon RX 550 will have up to 8 Compute Units, with a boost clock of up to 1183 MHz, and a 128-bit memory interface with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory.
  • All Radeon RX 500 Series graphics cards will support Radeon Chill, which saves power and reduces heat while improving response time.

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The AMD Radeon RX 500 Series Presentation Slides

 

SEP Pricing

Here are the official SEP pricing by AMD. The prices of the actual cards, however, is dependent on the card brand :

  • AMD Radeon RX 580 – US$ 199
  • AMD Radeon RX 570 – US$ 169
  • AMD Radeon RX 560 – US$ 99
  • AMD Radeon RX 550 – US$ 79

 

What Happened To AMD Vega?

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We all know that the AMD Vega is coming in 2017. AMD briefed us on its GPU architecture, as well as its memory architecture. They also showed off an AMD Vega prototype running DOOM in 4K. So where the heck is it?

We gently prodded Adam who would only say that it’s “coming later” in 2017. With AMD introducing the Polaris Refined graphics cards in this new series, we think that they will most likely introduce the Vega-based graphics cards in late Q3, or early Q4 2017 to make it for 2017 Christmas sales.

In case you are wondering if AMD may have hit a snag with the Vega GPU, AMD is already using it in the AMD Radeon Instinct MI25 Vega accelerator. You can check out some Radeon Instinct servers using the Vega GPU.

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The Complete AMD Radeon Instinct Tech Briefing Rev. 3.0

The AMD Tech Summit held in Sonoma, California from December 7-9, 2016 was not only very exclusive, it was highly secretive. The first major announcement we have been allowed to reveal is the new AMD Radeon Instinct heterogenous computing platform.

In this article, you will hear from AMD what the Radeon Instinct platform is all about. As usual, we have a ton of videos from the event, so it will be as if you were there with us. Enjoy! 🙂

Originally published @ 2016-12-12

Updated @ 2017-01-11 : Two of the videos were edited to comply with the NDA. Now that the NDA on AMD Vega has been lifted, we replaced the two videos with their full, unedited versions. We also made other changes, including adding links to the other AMD Tech Summit articles.

Updated @ 2017-01-20 : Replaced an incorrect slide, and a video featuring that slide. Made other small updates to the article.

 

The AMD Radeon Instinct Platform Summarised

For those who want the quick low-down on AMD Radeon Instinct, here are the key takeaway points :

  • The AMD Radeon Instinct platform is made up of two components – hardware and software.
  • The hardware components are the AMD Radeon Instinct accelerators built around the current Polaris and the upcoming Vega GPUs.
  • The software component is the AMD Radeon Open Compute (ROCm) platform, which includes the new MIOpen open-source deep learning library.
  • The first three Radeon Instinct accelerator cards are the MI6, MI8 and MI25 Vega with NCU.
  • The AMD Radeon Instinct MI6 is a passively-cooled inference accelerator with 5.7 TFLOPS of FP16 processing power, 224 GB/s of memory bandwidth, and a TDP of <150 W. It will come with 16 GB of GDDR5 memory.
  • The AMD Radeon Instinct MI8 is a small form-factor (SFF) accelerator with 8.2 TFLOPS of processing power, 512 GB/s of memory bandwidth, and a TDP of <175 W. It will come with 4 GB of HBM memory.
  • The AMD Radeon Instinct MI25 Vega with NCU is a passively-cooled training accelerator with 25 TFLOPS of processing power, support for 2X packed math, a High Bandwidth Cache and Controller, and a TDP of <300 W.
  • The Radeon Instinct accelerators will all be built exclusively by AMD.
  • The Radeon Instinct accelerators will all support MxGPU SRIOV hardware virtualisation.
  • The Radeon Instinct accelerators are all passively cooled.
  • The Radeon Instinct accelerators will all have large BAR (Base Address Register) support for multiple GPUs.
  • The upcoming AMD Zen “Naples” server platform is designed to supported multiple Radeon Instinct accelerators through a high-speed network fabric.
  • The ROCm platform is not only open source, it will support a multitude of standards in addition to MIOpen.
  • The MIOpen deep learning library is open source, and will be available in Q1 2017.
  • The MIOpen deep learning library is optimised for Radeon Instinct, allowing for 3X better performance in machine learning.
  • AMD Radeon Instinct accelerators will be significantly faster than NVIDIA Titan X GPUs based on the Maxwell and Pascal architectures.

In the subsequent pages, we will give you the full low-down on the Radeon Instinct platform, with the following presentations by AMD :

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We also prepared the complete video and slides of the Radeon Instinct tech briefing for your perusal :

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Why Is Heterogenous Computing Important?

Dr. Lisa Su, kicked things off with an inside look at her two-year long journey as AMD President and CEO. Then she revealed why Heterogenous Computing is an important part of AMD’s future going forward. She also mentioned the success of the recently-released Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition.

 

Here Are The New AMD Radeon Instinct Accelerators!

Next, Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect of the Radeon Technologies Group, officially revealed the new AMD Radeon Instinct accelerators.

 

The MIOpen Deep Learning Library For Radeon Instinct

MIOpen is a new deep learning library optimised for Radeon Instinct. It is open source and will become part of the Radeon Open Compute (ROCm) platform. It will be available in Q1 2017.

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The Performance Advantage Of Radeon Instinct & MIOpen

MIOpen is optimised for Radeon Instinct, offering 3X better performance in machine learning. It allows the Radeon Instinct accelerators to be significantly faster than NVIDIA Titan X GPUs based on the Maxwell and Pascal architectures.

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The Radeon Instinct MI25 Training Demonstration

Raja Koduri roped in Ben Sander, Senior Fellow at AMD, to show off the Radeon Instinct MI25 running a training demo.

 

The Radeon Instinct MI8 Visual Inference Demonstration

The visual inference demo is probably much easier to grasp, as it is visual in nature. AMD used the Radeon Instinct MI8 in this example.

 

The Radeon Instinct On The Zen “Naples” Platform

The upcoming AMD Zen “Naples” server platform is designed to supported multiple AMD Radeon Instinct accelerators through a high-speed network fabric.

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The First Radeon Instinct Servers

This is not a vapourware launch. Raja Koduri revealed the first slew of Radeon Instinct servers that will hit the market in H1 2017.

 

The Radeon Open Compute (ROCm) Platform Discussion

To illustrate the importance of heterogenous computing on Radeon Instinct, Greg Stoner (ROCm Senior Director at AMD), hosted a panel of AMD partners and early adopters in using the Radeon Open Compute (ROCm) platform.

Next Page > Closing Remarks On Radeon Instinct, The Complete Radeon Instinct Tech Briefing Video & Slides

 

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Closing Remarks On Radeon Instinct

Finally, Raja Koduri concluded the launch of the Radeon Instinct Initiative with some closing remarks on the recent Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition.

 

The Complete AMD Radeon Instinct Tech Briefing

This is the complete AMD Radeon Instinct tech briefing. Our earlier video was edited to comply with the AMD Vega NDA (which has now expired).

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The Complete AMD Radeon Instinct Tech Briefing Slides

Here are the Radeon Instinct presentation slides for your perusal.

 

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The AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Revealed!

Last week, we were invited to a tech briefing by AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group on the latest evolution of the Radeon Software driver – the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition. Today, we are finally allowed to reveal details of that major driver update. Check it out!

 

The Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Tech Briefing

The tech briefing on the Radeon Software Crimson Edition ReLive Edition was conducted by Terry Makedon, Sasa Marinkovic and Glen Matthews from the RTG team, with Garrath Johnson (RTG Communications Lead for APJ) hosting.

We prepared a special presentation so you can enjoy the same briefing we received. It was a really long tech briefing, because the Radeon Technologies Group not only improved its performance and stability, they also added a ton of new features!

The tech briefing actually ran a whole hour, but we edited it to just under 47 minutes for brevity. The content remain unchanged, so you’re not missing out on anything important.

 

New Features In Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition

Radeon ReLive : Capture, stream and share your greatest moments and gaming wins on your computer system with Radeon ReLive. Modify settings quickly, conveniently, and play seamlessly with the easily accessible in-game toolbar. Express yourself in bold new ways with custom scene layouts. Upload your latest highlights and let them be a conversation piece. It’s never been easier to build and grow your online community at anytime, anywhere.

Radeon Chill : A power-saving feature that dynamically regulates frame rate based on your in-game movements. Radeon Chill can improve power efficiency and can lower temperatures for supported products and games when enabled through Radeon Settings.

Radeon WattMan : Added support for AMD Radeon R9 Fury series, R9 390 series, R9 380 series, R9 290 series, R9 285, R9 260 series, R7 360, and R7 260 desktop graphics products.

Radeon Software Installer : New user interface and intuitive Radeon Software Installer that includes options for express install, custom install and clean uninstall. The new installer will also show options for the latest available driver for your system configuration during the install process.

Display Connectivity : New advanced display settings and diagnostics page within Radeon Settings with better detection for HDMI cable issues and fallback for end users experiencing display issues.

AMD FreeSync Technology : Now supports Borderless Fullscreen Mode for applications and gaming with AMD FreeSync technology displays and supported products. Now supports Gradual Refresh Rate Ramp for mobile configurations with AMD FreeSync technology displays and supported products.

Upgrade Advisor : Provides a system requirement evaluation for Steam games in your Radeon Settings library.

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HDR Gaming Support : Experience the benefits of HDR gaming with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition. Support for games with HDR 10 or Dolby Vision capabilities.

VP9 Decode Acceleration : 4K 60Hz GPU-Accelerated Video Streaming enabled on supported Google Chrome web browsers.

Skype Performance Enhancements : Lower CPU usage during Skype calls for select AMD APU Family products.

User Feedback Page : The User Feedback Page enables a direct link for end users to the Radeon Software Team and allows users to provide feedback and vote on upcoming features for Radeon Software.

 

Availability

The new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition begins with version 16.12.1, and is available right now at this link.

 

The Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Slides (Part 1 of 3)

For those who want to study the intricacies of the new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition, here are the 75 slides for your perusal. Enjoy! 😀

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The Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Slides (Part 2 of 3)

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The Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Slides (Part 3 of 3)

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Deus Ex Mankind Divided DirectX12 Patch Released

Eidos-Montreal and Square Enix have announced their official Deus Ex Mankind Divided DirectX 12 patch, scaling performance to a whole new level with DirectX 12 multi-GPU and frame pacing support on Radeon graphics.

This Deus Ex Mankind Divided DirectX 12 patch enables advanced DirectX 12 features and enhanced performance with support for :

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Asynchronous shaders

  • Asynchronous Compute Engines in AMD’s GCN and Polaris architectures can submit commands without waiting for other tasks to complete.
  • Delivers vastly improved GPU efficiency, boosting graphics processing performance, reducing latency and enabling consistent frame rates.

Enhanced multi-GPU experience

  • AMD’s GCN and Polaris architectures lead with greater performance and scalability in multi-GPU DirectX 12.
  • Gamers will benefit from up to 100 percent faster performance using Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 16.10.2 running Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on 8GB Radeon RX 480 multi-GPU1 in DirectX 12.
  • The 4GB Radeon RX 470 also offers up to 100 percent faster multi-GPU performance in DirectX 12 in Deus Ex than with the 4GB Radeon RX 470 single-GPU.2

DirectX 12 Frame Pacing

  • AMD’s support of multi-GPU DirectX 12 Frame Pacing enables smooth gameplay on Radeon Graphics by evenly distributing frame times and providing them at a more consistent rate, delivering an exceptional gaming experience.

 

Deus EX Mankind Divided

Deus Ex Mankind Divided is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Deus Ex Human Revolution and builds on the franchise’s trademark choice and consequence, plus action-RPG based gameplay, to create both a memorable and highly immersive experience.

Players will once again take on the role of Adam Jensen, now an experienced covert agent, and will gain access to his new arsenal of customizable state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations. With time working against him, Adam must choose the right approach, along with who to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy.

 

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AMD Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics MacBook Unveiled

Sunnyvale, California – 27 October 2016 — Today AMD unveiled a new  family of power-efficient graphics processors, Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics. Available first in the all-new 15-inch MacBook Pro, select Radeon Pro 400 Series graphics deliver extraordinary performance and efficiency gains over the prior generation to fuel modern creative efforts from anywhere inspiration strikes.

 

Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphic

Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics are designed specifically for today’s makers – the artists, designers, photographers, filmmakers, visualizers and engineers that shape the modern content creation era. Harnessing AMD’s acclaimed Polaris architecture, Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics are built on the industry’s most advanced process technology for graphics processors in production today, 14nm FinFET, resulting in incredibly small transistors.

To enable the thinnest graphics processor possible, AMD also employs a complex process known as ‘die thinning’ to reduce the thickness of each wafer of silicon used in the processor from 780 microns to just 380 microns, or slightly less than the thickness of four pieces of paper. Operating in a power envelope under 35W, the Radeon Pro 450, 455, and 460 Series graphics processors deliver spectacular energy efficiency and cool, quiet operation to speed through the most demanding tasks in popular creative applications.

“We couldn’t be more proud to have Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics launching in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, a notebook designed for performance and creativity,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “Today there are millions of professional creators and designers, and a billion more who aspire to reach the next level. Radeon Pro 400 Series Graphics are a powerful and versatile creative technology that gives makers entirely new ways to create the art of the impossible no matter where they are.”

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To celebrate the people behind the products, and the passion shared by makers of all sorts, AMD is launching a new program called “Meet the Creators,” bringing creators together and inviting them to share their work. Creators will have the opportunity to collaborate across a variety of fields, learn about new tools and techniques for their respective crafts, and have a chance to be featured in Radeon Pro promotional campaigns.

The “Meet the Creators” program will also explore how Radeon Pro graphics play a role in the creative process, from harnessing extraordinary graphics performance in today’s popular 2D and 3D creative applications, to using modern low-overhead graphics and compute APIs to accelerate rendering in today’s workflows.

A part of that workflow is Radeon ProRender, AMD’s physically-based rendering engine planned for open source later this year, and supported via plugins across many popular 3D content creation applications including Autodesk Maya, and a beta plugin for Rhino. Bolstering the list of supported applications, AMD and Maxon announced today that Radeon ProRender software will be available in a future release of

Maxon’s powerful and intuitive Cinema 4D application for 3D modeling, animation and rendering, providing GPU-accelerated performance on Mac by leveraging Radeon Pro graphics and Apple’s Metal API.

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AMD Radeon RX 470 & RX 460 Price Cuts Announced!

Ahead of the global availability of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards, AMD pre-emptively slashed US$10 off the Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 460 graphics cards. Here are the full details of the AMD Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 price cuts…

 

Radeon RX 470 & RX 460 Price Cuts

The AMD Radeon RX 470 will be available for as low as US$169 starting October 23, 2016. This is US$10 down from its launch price of US$179. This narrows its price premium over the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (launch price of US$139) down to US$40.

The AMD Radeon RX 460 will be available for as low as US$99 starting October 23, 2016. This is US$10 down from its launch price of US$109. This puts it head-to-head against the GeForce GTX 1050, albeit with twice as much memory – 4 GB.

 

The AMD Advantage

AMD also made it known that they are offering more than just the Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 price cuts.

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  • All Radeon RX graphics cards are optimized for DX12 and Vulkan.
  • Asynchronous Compute, exclusively supported by the GCN or Polaris architectures, breaks up complex game workloads into smaller tasks that can run more quickly in parallel, extracting “free” performance from the GPU
  • AMD’s open source FreeSync technology is the industry’s choice for Adaptive Frame Synchronization, offering smooth, affordable gaming with support for HDMI and DisplayPort technology.
  • FreeSync monitors are significantly more accessible – starting at US$129 compared with US$379 for G-Sync – and with 126 FreeSync monitors available compared with only 86 G-Sync monitors, Radeon users have more choice

 

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The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition Review

AMD launched their Polaris GPU architecture to great fanfare with the introduction of the Radeon RX 480. It offered an affordable 1440p gaming alternative to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. The AMD Radeon RX 470 was released later, offering 1080p gaming performance at even lower cost and power consumption.

Today, we are going to take a look at the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition (RX-470P4LDB6) graphics card.  This is no ordinary Radeon RX 470 graphics card. It is factory-overclocked and boasts a really unique cooler. Check it out!

 

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition Specification Comparison

How does the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition compare against a standard AMD Radeon RX 470 graphics card? Take a look!

SpecificationsStandard AMD Radeon RX 470XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black EditionDifference
Stream Processors20482048-
Texture Units128128-
ROPs3232-
GPU Clock Speed926 MHz base clock
1206 MHz boost clock
1256 MHz+ 4% to +35.6%
Texture Fill Rate118 to 154 GT/s160 GT/s+ 4% to +35.6%
Pixel Fill Rate30 to 39 GP/s40 GP/s+ 4% to +35.6%
Memory Bus Width256-bits256-bits-
Graphics Memory4 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR5-
Memory Clock Speed1650 MHz1750 MHz+ 6%
Memory Bandwidth211 GB/s224 GB/s+ 6%
TDP120 WNot stated (between 120 - 150 W)-
Cooling SolutionDual slot cooler with single fanXFX Ghost 4.0 coolerBetter cooling

For more specifications, please take a look at our Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide.

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Unboxing The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition

Here is our unboxing video of the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition graphics card. This is exactly what you can expect if you purchase one.

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition graphics card comes in an overly large cardboard box. Inside, you will only find the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition graphics card, a combined installation guide and warranty card leaflet, a driver CD and a 4-pin to 6-pin power adaptor.

 

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition Overview

In this video, we are going to take a quick look at the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition graphics card, and its unique Ghost 4.0 cooler.

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The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition Up Close

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition is a large card – the same size as the AMD Radeon RX 480. The shroud of the XFX Ghost 4.0 cooler extends a little over the card itself, to accommodate the two large 85mm fans. The back is protected and stiffened by a solid aluminium backplate, which also serves as a secondary heatsink.

The XFX logo is etched into the backplate, with a white XFX logo on the top of the shroud. However, case modders should note that it does not have any LED lighting – the XFX logo will not light up when the card is powered up. The third XFX logo can be found as part of the exhaust vent, next to the DVI port.

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The XFX Ghost 4.0 Cooler

The XFX Ghost 4.0 cooler is, arguably, the highlight of this model. It features a unibody heatsink, with composite heatpipes. The unibody design improves its ability to cool the VRM and GDDR5 memory modules by 40%, while reducing fan noise by 5%.

The composite heatpipe design, on the other hand, combines the liquid and capillary action heatpipe in a single pipe. This increases the total heatpipe surface area by 30%, which greatly improves its ability to quickly transfer heat.

The other cool thing about the XFX Ghost 4.0 cooler are its two 85 mm fans, pun intended. With a power output of 4.2 W, two of these FirstD FDC10H12S9-C fans can push a considerable amount of air through the heatsink. But what’s really cool are its patented hard-swap design, and its load-sensing technology.

The hard swap design allows for easy detachment and installation of the two fans. They are locked in place by just two clips. You can swap them out for more powerful fans, or even fans with LED lights. It also allows you to easily remove them to clean the blades or even the heatsink fins underneath. Very useful!

The other cool feature is the fans’ auto load-sensing capability. They will automatically adjust their speed according to the workload. During light loads (watching videos, using office applications), the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition runs cool enough that both fans do not spin at all, giving you absolute silence. But when you start gaming, the fans start up and increase their speed to meet the demand automatically.

Next Page > Benchmarking Notes, Cooling Performance, Noise Level

 

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Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : Intel Core i7 6700K processor running at 4.0 GHz

Motherboard : ASRock Z170 Extreme4

Memory : 8 GB DDR4-2133 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver version 372.54 for all three NVIDIA graphics cards, and the Radeon Software 16.8.2 driver for the three AMD graphics cards used in our tests.

 

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition Cooling Performance

The AMD Radeon RX 470 uses the AMD Polaris 10 GPU, which is fabricated on the 14 nm FinFET process. The smaller process technology allows AMD to run the Radeon RX 470 GPU at 1.2 GHz with a TDP of just 120 W. This allows for a much cooler card, and hopefully, better overclocking potential.

With its Ghost 4.0 cooler, the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition should deliver significantly better cooling performance than the stock Radeon RX 470 card. While we don’t have one at hand, we do have a number of other AMD and NVIDIA cards. Take a look at their peak exhaust temperature (as measured at their exhaust vents).

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition is a surprisingly cool-running card, producing much cooler exhaust air than the Radeon RX 480, or the GeForce GTX 1060. There is a reason for this though, which we will examine in the next section…

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The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition Noise Level

We recorded the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition as it was running the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra benchmark for the third time.

As you can hear, the two fans do produce a considerable amount of noise. That is the secret (and downside) to its significantly better cooling performance. Of course, this is an open testbed, so the noise will be muted in an enclosed chassis.

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark that supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition is about 35% faster than the Radeon R9 380 – amazing performance for a card that costs just US$ 219. In fact, it is just 8% slower than the AMD Radeon RX 480 (8 GB), and 12% slower than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060!

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the most common gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition was 40% faster than the Radeon R9 380. That puts it just 7% slower than the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB).

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3DMark (2560 x 1440)

Then we took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look!

At this resolution, the extra memory of the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB) starts to pay off. It was now 13% faster than the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition, which only has 4 GB of GDDR5 memory.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and the GeForce GTX 1070!

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition was now 16% slower than the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB). Not that it matters. The frame rates are completely unplayable for all cards at this resolution.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the new Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition did very well in this test, virtually tying with the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB) and GeForce GTX 1060!

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare…

Again, the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition did very well. It tied the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB) and GeForce GTX 1060.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

Surprisingly, the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition continued to match the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB) and the GeForce GTX 1060 in performance. It was actually able to deliver playable frame rates even at such a high resolution.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition delivered frame rates in excess of 60 fps. It actually tied the GeForce GTX 1060 in performance, and came in just 7% slower than the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB).

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this higher resolution, the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition slipped under 50 fps. Still pretty decent performance. It was now 4% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 8% slower than the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB).

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The Ultra HD resolution proved too much for most cards. Only the GeForce GTX 1070 and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti delivered playable frame rates. The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition was now 9% slower than the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB), and 11% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition performed well at this resolution, delivering an average frame rate of 60 fps. That made it 9% slower than the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB), and 14% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

When the resolution increased to 1440p, all cards took a massive hit in frame rate. Only the GeForce GTX 1070 and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti delivered average frame rates above 60 fps.

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition had a playable average frame rate of 41 fps. It remained 9% slower than the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB), and 14% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The Ultra HD resolution is a real torture, even humbling the GeForce GTX 1070 and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition remained 9% slower than the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB), but was now 16% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

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Fallout 4 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

Fallout 4 is a relatively “easy” for most graphics cards at the resolution of 1920 x 1080. The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition had no problem delivering an average frame rate of 78 fps. That makes it just 4% slower than the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB), but 17% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

Fallout 4 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

When we took the resolution to the next level though, it really cut down on frame rates. The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition‘s average frame rate of 56 fps still very good, being 27% faster than the Radeon R9 380. However, it was now 8% slower than the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB), but 19% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

Fallout 4 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

The 4K resolution really taxed the cards. Even the GeForce GTX 1070 could not deliver an average frame rate of 60 fps.

The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition only managed an average frame rate of 31 fps. That made it 7% slower than the Radeon RX 480 (8 GB), but 18% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

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Our Verdict

The AMD Radeon RX 470 was always meant for 1080p gaming, but XFX managed to take it one step further with the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition. Thanks to the factory-overclocking of the GPU and the GDDR5 memory, it offers performance close to that of the AMD Radeon RX 480.

In our real world benchmarks, the XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition was proven to be capable of delivering good frame rates even at 2560 x 1440. 1440p gaming is now possible with the Radeon RX 470!

Of course, the extra performance comes at a cost. The XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition has a launch price of US$219. That’s a US$40 premium over a standard Radeon RX 470, and a US$20 premium over a 4GB Radeon RX 480.

What you get in return is a well-made, factory-overclocked Radeon RX 470 card, with a powerful load-sensing cooler and a solid aluminium backplate. The hard-swappable fans are also a nice touch, allowing for very easy upgrades, replacement and maintenance.

Of course, you may just decide to skip these niceties and top up another US$10 for an 8GB Radeon RX 480. That will buy you a slightly faster card, with more overclocking potential.

SpecificationsStandard AMD Radeon RX 470XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black EditionDifference
Stream Processors20482048-
Texture Units128128-
ROPs3232-
GPU Clock Speed926 MHz base clock
1206 MHz boost clock
1256 MHz+ 4% to +35.6%
Texture Fill Rate118 to 154 GT/s160 GT/s+ 4% to +35.6%
Pixel Fill Rate30 to 39 GP/s40 GP/s+ 4% to +35.6%
Memory Bus Width256-bits256-bits-
Graphics Memory4 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR5-
Memory Clock Speed1650 MHz1750 MHz+ 6%
Memory Bandwidth211 GB/s224 GB/s+ 6%
TDP120 WNot stated (between 120 - 150 W)-
Cooling SolutionDual slot cooler with single fanXFX Ghost 4.0 coolerBetter cooling

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The Radeon Technologies Group’s First Year Achievements

On September 9, 2015, AMD spliced off their Radeon graphics team into a separate Radeon Technologies Group. They also promoted Raja Koduri to Senior Vice President and Chief Architect of the new Radeon Technologies Group, reporting directly to AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su.

It has now been a year since Raja Koduri took the helm of the newly-formed Radeon Technologies Group. Chris Hook, Senior Director of Global Marketing and Public Relations, Radeon Technologies Group, gave us a run-down of what the Radeon Technologies Group accomplished in just 12 months.

Then Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Radeon Technologies Group, gave us a 40 minute Q&A session – a rare opportunity as you can imagine. Check out the full Q&A session below!

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The First Year Of The Radeon Technologies Group

Right after its formation, the Radeon Technologies Group dove straight into the melee, delivering the Radeon Software Crimson Edition in November 2015, and then launching GPUOpen in December 2015.

 

Then in March 2016, they released their first Vulkan-capable driver. They followed that up with the launch of the AMD Radeon Pro Duo graphics card.

Their efforts culminated in the AMD Polaris launch during Computex 2016.

A month later, they launched the AMD Radeon Pro family, featuring the Radeon Pro WX series and the Radeon Pro SSG.

Finally, AMD announced in August that the AMD FreeSync technology is now available in just over 100 gaming monitors.

Next Page > The Radeon Technologies Group First Anniversary Presentation Slides

 

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Here are the presentation slides used by Chris Hook, Senior Director of Global Marketing and Public Relations, Radeon Technologies Group, during his presentation :