Apr 21, 2017

AMD announces Radeon RX 500 series of PC graphics cards

American semiconductor company AMD recently announced the latest RX 500 series of desktop graphics cards, namely the RX 550, RX 560, RX 570 and the RX 580. The graphics cards promise improved game performance and higher clock speeds.

California-based company Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced the RX 400 series of budget and mid-range graphics cards about a year ago. This time, they came back again with the latest series, the Radeon RX 500. The RX 500 graphics cards arrive with an "improved game performance, higher clock speeds, and a refined 2nd generation Polaris architecture." They are designed specifically for system upgrades and meant to replace the current graphics cards series. The Radeon RX 500 series consists of four graphics cards, namely the RX 550, RX 560, RX 570 and the RX 580.

Radeon RX 550

It is described as the doorway to PC gaming and a completely new model designed for the "e-sports gamers and home theater PC aficionados." It has 512 stream processors, 32 texture units, 1183MHz boost clock speed, 128-bit memory bus, 2GB of memory and 50W typical board power. It is priced at USD 79 (around PPP 3,900) and will be available starting April 20.

Radeon RX 560

It is suitable for those who want an efficient 1080p gaming and has 1024 stream processors, 64 texture units, and 16 ROPs. The base clock speed has gone up to 1175MHz compared to its predecessor's 1090MHz while its boost clock speed increased to 1275MHz from the previous 1200MHz. It has a 4GB memory and a typical board power of 60-80W. It carries a price tag of USD 99 (around PHP 4,900) and will be available in May.

Radeon RX 570

The RX 570 offers maximum 1080p gaming with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. It sports the same 2048 stream processors but has an increased base clock speed of 1168MHz and boost clock speed of 1244MHz. The TDP has gone up from the previous 120W to 150W. It can be now be purchased for USD 169 (around PHP 8,400).

Radeon RX 580

It is the highest-end graphics card of the entire RX 500 series and promises smooth 1440p gaming. It features 2304 stream processors, 185W TDP, 1257MHz base clock speed, and 1340MHz boost clock speed. The memory is either 4GB or 8GB 8Gbps GDDR5 with 256-bit bus width. The RX 580 will be priced at USD 199 (around PHP 9,900) for the 4GB while the 8GB version can now be purchased for USD 229 (around PHP 11,400).