AMD has a brand new vary of graphics playing cards within the kind the AMD RX 580, RX 570, RX 560, and RX 550. All, bar the brand new RX 550, are barely tweaked variations of the 400-series that debuted with RX 480 in June and have the corporate’s 14nm Polaris structure.
The RX 580 and RX 570 launch at this time at an MSRP of £185 and £165 for a 4GB model (8GB may also be out there). The 2GB RX 560 launches in early May for £99, whereas the 2GB RX 550 launches on April 20 for a wallet-friendly £80.
While some would possibly name the 500-series a rebrand, AMD says an improved 14nm FinFET manufacturing course of has helped it push up clock speeds. The reference design RX 580, which options the identical core specs because the RX 480 together with 36 compute cores and a 256-bit reminiscence interface, is clocked at 1257MHz and boosts to 1340MHz. That’s simply over 100MHz greater than the RX 480.
There are related clock velocity enhancements throughout the whole 500-series, though companions are anticipated to push these clocks even greater. Indeed, AMD is not going to be producing any reference playing cards, so count on usually greater costs than the MSRP, but additionally higher efficiency.
AMD is pitching the 500-series at these on a typical two-year improve cycle. Versus the R9 380X, AMD claims the RX 580 is as a lot as 57 p.c quicker, and can simply push over 60FPS at 1440p in a number of titles. It is available in quicker than Nvidia’s GTX 970 besides. The RX 570, which is aimed toward 60FPS 1080p gaming, is as a lot as 2.3X quicker than the R7 370 based on AMD. The RX 560, aimed toward e-sports gamers, is round 57 p.c quicker than the R7 360.
Bringing up the rear of the vary is the brand new RX 550. Like the RX 560 it would not require further board energy to perform, which makes it a useful improve for off-the-shelf PCs. It incorporates a 1180MHz enhance clock, eight compute items, and 2GB of GDDR5 reminiscence with a 128-bit interface. The RX 560 is pitched as an excellent improve for these operating built-in graphics, with as a lot as 4 occasions the efficiency of built-in graphics options like Intel HD 530.
While the 500-series will not be essentially the most thrilling of upgrades, it is good worth. A current spate of driver enhancements has made the RX 480 (and thus, hopefully, the RX 580) extraordinarily aggressive with Nvidia’s GTX 1060, notably when value is taken under consideration. They all additionally help Freesync, in addition to HDR and 4K. Those after a greater cut price would possibly even have the ability to decide up a 400-series card on a budget as retailers filter outdated inventory.
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