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AMD Radeon RX 500 Series To Enliven PC Gaming Market By Mid-April; Rebranded Polaris GPUs Using Enhanced 14nm

AMD announces RX 500 series and the new Vega-based architecture graphics card, Radeon RX Vega
AMD announces RX 500 series and the new Vega-based architecture graphics card, Radeon RX Vega
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The AMD Radeon RX 500 series will enliven the PC gaming market with new rebranded Polaris GPUs from an enhanced 14nm FinFET technology. The new node uses the Low Power Plus (LPP) process ensuring higher performance and low power at competitive prices reportedly ranging from $150 to $250.

Last week, the mainstream AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs have been announced to hit stores by April and these will feature the AMD Radeon RX 500 series. Though some enthusiasts were expecting the AMD Radeon RX Vega card, the Sunnyvale-based company opted to introduce a new stack based on the current GPU lineup. Not much is known about the new lineup that will hit stores by mid-April until recently when a Chinese website Benchlife leaked its specs.

Starting at the top-end of the AMD Radeon RX 500 series is the RX 580, which will succeed the first-gen Polaris-based RX 480 and will be slightly higher clocked equivalent to the custom variants of its predecessor. It will feature 2,304 stream processors, 144 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and clocked at 1,340MHz boost to enable 6.17 TFLOPS compute performance. It will pack in 8GB of GDDR5 memory with a base clock of 8GHz along a 256-bit bus bandwidth. It is expected to be priced lower than its predecessor around $200 or could even go for $250 for the 8GB model.

Down the line of the AMD Radeon RX 500 series is the mid-level RX 570 based on the Polaris 10 now renamed Polaris 20 XL GPU. It succeeds the RX 470 but with cut down Polaris core with 2,048 cores. It has a clock of 1,244MHz boost which can deliver 5.10 TFLOPS if the core specs are right according to wccftech. It also has 8GB of GDDR5 with a higher boost to 70GHz to yield 224GB/s bandwidth. It will fetch a price around $149.

There is also the RX 560 based on the same Polaris 20 and the lower end RX 550 based on Polaris 12 to fill in the lower end of the AMD Radeon RX 500 stack, Tom's Hardware has learned. Incidentally, AMD uses a different labeling, jumping from 10 to 20 so Polaris 11 becomes Polaris, 21 or better known as the Polaris 2 in the PC gaming world. The PC gaming market competition intensifies not only in the CPU line but also on the GPU lineup. Gamers and enthusiasts will have the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, AMD Polaris 2 and of course Fury's successor, the high-end AMD Radeon RX Vega.

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