It looks like the launch date of AMD Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards has been confirmed. The new GPUs based on the Polaris chip architecture are expected to launch on 18th April and will be aiming very different price points under the sub-$250 US market range.
AMD Radeon RX 500 Series Including RX 580, RX 570, RX 560 and RX 550 Launching on 18th April
The launch date comes straight from PowerColor (via Videocardz) who posted the info on their Twitter page. The tweet mentions that the new Devil series RX 500 series graphics card will be arriving on 18th April. This confirms that the Radeon RX 500 series cards are planned for launch next week. We covered the PowerColor Radeon RX 500 series lineup over here.
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 a 8+6 or 8+8 Pin configurations on custom models. Expect pricing to be around the same range as custom Radeon RX 480 models, around $229– $279 US.
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 would be similar to the RX 470, featuring a cut down Polaris core with 2048 Cores. The card will additionally feature a clock beyond 1200 MHz boost which given the core specs are correct, would yield compute output of 5+ TFLOPs.
In terms of memory, we are looking at up to 8 GB of GDDR5 which will be clocked at a 6.6 GHz clock to deliver 212 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 card will also be available in 4 GB models. Pricing wise, the card will cost around the $169-229 US price range.
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 896 stream processors, 56 TMUs and 16 ROPs. Unlike the fully unlocked 1024 stream processor variants of the RX 460, this card won’t be the fully unlocked design we were anticipating but BIOS unlocks will allow users to enable all cores when this card is launched.
As for clock speeds, we can expect boost speeds in between 1250-1300 MHz which would mean we are looking at just about 2 TFLOPs of (FP32) computing performance. The card will be available in either 2 GB or 4 GB variants and would come clocked at 7 GHz along a 128-bit memory bus. The card would 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 $110-$120 US.
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 would feature only 640 stream processors, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs. As for boost clocks, it will run around 1300 MHz while the memory would be configured at 7.0 GHz. The 2/4 GB GDDR5 memory will operate along a 64-bit bus and deliver 56 GB/s bandwidth. For this low-end card, we can expect a price below the $99 US range.
AMD Radeon RX 500 Series Polaris Rebrands:
XFX Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570 Double Dissipation Models Pictured
The double dissipation model of XFX’s Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570 series graphics card has also leaked out over at Videocardz. Both models feature a compact build and a striking design layout. XFX’s double dissipation model comes with a longer cooler shroud that comes with two fans, colored in red. The card is powered by a single 8-Pin connector and utilizes a custom PCB so we can also expect a OC straight from factory.
The second model is the black edition from XFX which utilizes a more bulkier heatsink design. It’s fitted with multiple copper heatpipes that extend throughout the dense aluminum fin array. Both cards come with a matte black backplate. Display outputs include HDMI, 3 DP 1.4 and a single DVI port. This card is also powered by a single 8-pin power connector.