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The 27 New AMD Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards Revealed!

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)

Next Page > The ASUS & GIGABYTE RX 500 Graphics Cards

 

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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

Next Page > The MSI & PowerColor Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards

 

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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

Next Page > The Sapphire Radeon RX 500 Graphics Cards

 

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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.

Next Page > The Presentation Slides, What Happened To AMD Vega?

 

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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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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix RX 470

10 August 2016ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Strix RX 470, an all-new gaming graphics card with ultra-fast performance, advanced cooling and reliability, and personalized styling. Powered by the latest AMD Radeon RX 470 graphics processing unit (GPU), clocked at 1270MHz in OC mode, ROG Strix RX 470 delivers up to 23%-faster performance than R9 380 reference cards in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and 25%-faster gaming performance in Hitman.

ROG Strix RX 470 is packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II with a patented dual wing-blade 0dB fan designed to deliver maximum airflow for 30%-cooler and three-times (3X) quieter performance, and ASUS FanConnect, which features a GPU-controlled fan header to connect to a system fan for targeted supplemental cooling. Industry-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components ensures premium quality and reliability.

ROG Strix RX 470 enables complete gaming system personalization with the Aura RGB lighting system and customizable color decals. It also includes GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster for intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.

 

ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 Features

Ultimate cooling: DirectCU II technology with patented wing-blade fans and ASUS FanConnect

ROG Strix RX 470 is equipped with ASUS DirectCU II cooling technology, which features direct-GPU-contact heatpipes that transport more heat away from the GPU, outperforming reference designs and achieving up to 30% cooler gaming performance. DirectCU II technology includes dual 0dB fans, engineered with a patented wing-blade design that delivers maximum airflow and improves static pressure over the heatsink by 105%, while operating at three-times (3X) quieter volume than reference cards.

ROG Strix RX 470 also comes with ASUS FanConnect technology. When gaming, the GPU often runs hotter than the CPU, but chassis fans usually only reference CPU temperatures, resulting in inefficient system cooling. ASUS FanConnect solves this issue with a four-pin GPU-controlled header that can be connected to a system fan to provide targeted supplemental cooling for optimal thermal performance.

Premium quality and reliability: Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components

All ASUS graphics cards are now produced using Auto-Extreme technology, an industry-exclusive, 100%-automated production process that incorporates premium materials to set a new standard of quality. Auto-Extreme technology ensures consistent graphics card quality as well as improved performance and longevity. This new manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50%.

Super Alloy Power II components enhance efficiency, reduce power loss, reduce component buzzing by 50% while under full load, and achieve thermal levels that are approximately 50% cooler than previous designs for enhanced quality and reliability.

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Game your way: Aura RGB Lighting and customizable color decals

ROG Strix RX 470 includes Aura — the exclusive RGB lighting technology invented by ASUS — on its shroud. This stunning illumination technology is capable of displaying millions of colors and six different effects for a totally personalized gaming system. A set of orange color decals is also included, so gamers can further customize their ROG Strix RX 470 and express their unique style.

Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster

Redesigned with an intuitive user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier than ever, while retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included 14-day XSplit Gamecaster premium license lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay. The overlay also displays GPU clock speed, temperature, and VRM usage, and has GPU Tweak II controls, so gamers can choose a gaming profile and boost performance with just one click.

 

Strix RX 470 Availability & Pricing

ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 will be available worldwide from 4th August 2016. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

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GIGABYTE Radeon RX 460 WINDFORCE OC Announced

Taipei, 8 August 2016GIGABYTE today announced Radeon RX 460 WINDFORCE OC graphics cards based on the latest Polaris 11 GPU with two memory variants of 4GB and 2GB models.

Powered directly from the PCI Express slot, the power-efficient RX 460 graphics cards do not require auxiliary power yet come with a brilliant overclocking performance up to 1212MHz. Thanks to Polaris architecture with Ultra HD HEVC Encode and Decode, gamers could easily stream and record their favorite games with virtually no performance impact, making RX 460 an ideal upgrade solution for eSports gaming.

 

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 460 WINDFORCE OC

Featuring two semi-passive 80mm fans and unique blade fan design for enhancing airflow, the WINDFORCE 2X cooling system ensures the RX 460 WINDFORCE OC run cool and virtually inaudible while delivering smooth and low-latency gaming for the most popular eSports games. The fans are regulated as they remain turned off during lighter gaming, offering a completely silent, interruption-free experience to eSports gamers whose focus and concentration are vital to their victory.

The RX 460 WINDFORCE OC edition are built using Ultra Durable chokes and capacitors, making the MOSFET working at a lower temperature for more stable voltage output. Backed by a 4+1 power phase design, the cards ensure stable voltage output at a lower temperature, which translates to a better overclocking capability compared to the reference design. Via the intuitive interface of XTREME Engine utility, gamers can monitor and adjust clock speeds, voltage, and fan performance in real time according to their own preferences.

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Sneak Peek Of The AMD Radeon RX 460 In Action Rev. 2.0

During the AMD Polaris & 7th Generation APU tech briefing here in Malaysia, we stumbled upon an actual Radeon RX 460 graphics card.

AMD was using it to power a virtual reality demo of a space turret shooting game on an Oculus Rift VR headset. That was our first encounter with the Radeon RX 460, so we took off the perspex cover to take a closer look.

Updated @ 2016-07-30 : Added details of the virtual reality demo the Radeon RX 460 was powering, as well as a slide with its key specifications.

 

AMD Radeon RX 460 In Action

As AMD revealed earlier, the Radeon RX 460 is powered by the AMD Polaris 11 GPU, which has 14 Compute Units. It comes with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit memory bus. For display output, this reference card has a DisplayPort, a HDMI port and a DVI port.

The Radeon RX 480, and the upcoming Radeon RX 470, on the other hand, are powered by the larger Polaris 10 GPU with 36 Compute Units, and 32 Compute Units respectively. They also have a much wider 256-bit memory bus with either 4 GB or 8 GB of GDDR5 memory.

We also took a video of the Radeon RX 460 in action. Check it out!

The Radeon RX 460 is designed to use very little power. It is powered entirely by the PCI Express bus and does not require an additional power connector. AMD has just revealed its official TDP as less than 75 W (see below).

With its low power requirement, the Radeon RX 460 is targeted at eSports gamers. It also makes for a great HTPC graphics card, as it supports hardware encoding and decoding of H.264 and HEVC (H.265) videos at 4K resolution.

 

AMD Radeon RX 460 Specifications

AMD just revealed some details of the Radeon RX 460’s key specifications, including the official design. Check it out!

As you can see, the final Radeon RX 460 card will have a slab-sided shroud that is similar to the one used in the Radeon RX 480. The Radeon RX 460 will be officially released on August 8, 2016. There is no official price indication, but we expect it to cost less than US$99.

 

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More AMD Polaris Information

Get more details or information on the new AMD Polaris graphics cards and architecture here :

 

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AMD Polaris GPU & 7th Generation APU Tech Briefings

AMD officially revealed the AMD Polaris GPUs and the 7th Generation AMD APUs at Computex 2016. The first graphics card based on the AMD Polaris architecture was the AMD Radeon RX 480, and that was officially launched on June 29th.

As part of their aggressive push to promote both the Radeon RX 480, and 7th Generation AMD APUs; David Nalasco and Peter Amos flew all the way from AMD Markham in Canada to give a thorough tech briefing on the new AMD technologies in those products.

BONUS : We stumbled upon the first Radeon RX 460 seen in action. Check it out here!

 

AMD Polaris Launch

Ryan Sim, Channel Sales Director of AMD ASEAN & India, started the event with a short welcome speech. He pointed out how the new AMD Radeon RX 480 offers unrivalled power efficiency, and brings virtual reality to the mainstream with a shockingly affordable price.

Then AMD officially launched the AMD Radeon RX 480 here in Malaysia, with this launch gambit. Check it out!

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AMD Polaris GPU Tech Briefing

In this video, David Nalasco, Senior Technology Manager for Graphics in the Radeon Technology Group, gives a thorough tech briefing on the new AMD Polaris architecture, and the first three graphics cards based on the Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 GPUs.

 

AMD 7th Generation APU Tech Briefing

Then Peter Amos, APU Product Marketing Manager, AMD Client Business Unit, gave a tech briefing on the new 7th Generation AMD APUs, as well as upcoming desktop processors based on the new AMD Zen architecture. Check it out!

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