AMD’s Polaris microarchitecture ushered a new era for the gaming hardware industry bringing competition to an ecosystem that was in desperate need of it. AMD did the same yet again with their RYZEN CPUs which proved to stand up to the all the hype. While both launches had a few teething issues, the second generation is what most enthusiasts hold out for. AMD’s RX 500 launch touted to be exactly that. Today’s announcement adds four more GPUs to new Polaris family in the form of the RX 580 which is designed for 1440p gaming, the RX 570 for 1080p gaming, the RX 560 for popular MOBA titles and the youngest member is the RX 550 which is for those who wish to take the plunge into the world of gaming.
AMD Radeon RX 580 – For 1440p gaming
The AMD Radeon RX 580 has the same core specs as the first gen Polaris based Radeon RX 480. Which means we have the same number of stream processors (2304) within the same number of Compute Units. The difference lies in the clock speeds which has risen to 1257 MHz as opposed to the 1120 MHz on the Radeon RX 480.
The other difference is that the TDP has been hiked by 35W to 185W which is where the clock speed gets its boost from. Since there’s a higher TDP, they’ve upgraded the cooling solution as well. The Radeon RX 580 comes with a dual-fan setup and an 8-pin power connector as well.
AMD Radeon RX 570 – Proper 1080p gaming
Then we have the Radeon RX 570 which is the successor to the Radeon RX 470. Yet again, we see that the core configuration of the GPU remains the same except for higher clocks and an improved cooler. The Radeon RX 570 has the same 2048 stream processors but they’re clocked at 1168 MHz which is a good 242 MHz over the Radeon RX 470. Even the memory clock has been bumped up this time so we expect an even greater performance gap between the two cards.
As was with the RX 580, the Radeon RX 570 alse features a dual-fan cooler along with a 6-pin power connector which is more than sufficient to handle the 150W TDP. If you’re looking at performance numbers, then the RX 570 supposedly gives 92 FPS in DOOM, 103 FPS in Resident Evil Biohazard, 80 FPS in Battlefield 1 and 68 FPS in Sniper Elite 4. All of which were scored while on Ultra running on 1080p.
AMD Radeon RX 560 – 1080p on a budget
With the Radeon RX 560, we see a difference in the GPU configuration. There are a total of 16 Compute Units in the Polaris 11 GPU which is at the heart of the RX 560. And with that the stream processor count goes up to 1024 and there are more texture units to handle the higher core count. The memory configuration remains the same at 4 GB of VRAM clocked at 7 Gbps, so expect a decent performance bump thanks to the higher core count coupled with greater clock speeds.
Yet again, we have a dual-fan cooling solution which is a bonus for low-end machines that this particular card is targeted at. As for the TDP, that’s rumoured to have been bumped as well but we have no confirmation on the same. Keeping it under the 75W envelope helps avoid power connectors altogether but board partners would ensure even higher clock speeds which will cross the 75W threshold. So expect most Radeon RX 560 cards to have a 6-pin power connector.
AMD Radeon RX 550 – Hello Gaming World!
Like AMD democratised VR gaming with the RX 480 which became the new minimum for those who wanted to use an HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift, the RX 550 is set out to democratise gaming. It’s for those who want to move away from gaming on the IGP present in CPUs.
The specs mentioned below are rumoured and we don’t have confirmation on any of them as the RX 550 is set to launch officially in two days. However, we do know that it will be priced at $79 which is what makes it all the more lucrative. Indian pricing might be around Rs.7000 which isn’t that bad. But that particular segment is driven purely by the “cheapest” graphics card. So you’re more likely to see the GT 710 which costs less than half the RX 550 continue to rule. Compared to an IGP, the GT 710 is actually a step down but owing to lack of information, consumers tend to opt for the GT 710 just because they want a “graphics card”.
AMD’s marketing material lists some performance numbers for popular game titles. It supposedly gets 97 FPS in Counter Strike Global Offensive (Ultra Preset), 84 FPS in DOTA 2 (Best Looking Preset), 98 FPS in Overwatch (Medium Preset) and 82 FPS in Rocket League (High Preset).
What’s with the XTR, XTX and XL?
If you’ve been following the rumours around the RX 500 series then you’ll have come across a few mentions of multiple variants. The XTR, XTX and XL suffixes relate to GPU variants and they are labelled post binning. So the XTR based cards are supposedly the best of the lot while the XTX comes in behind and the XL fits the minimum requirements. Consumers are unlikely to ever know which variant they have. An easy way to tell is if you get an aftermarket overclocked card then it likely has the XTR or XTX variant. Every silicon maker including NVIDIA and Intel do the same with their chips as well. Intel comes out with different model numbers altogether while NVIDIA’s AIBs get to pick higher binned chips for their top of the line cards.
AMD Radeon RX 580, 570, 560 and 550 Price in India
So far, we haven’t received the official pricing for the cards but we can always estimate what they’re going to be priced at. The Radeon RX 480 will mostly be priced at Rs.22,000 while the RX 570 is likely to cost Rs.16,000 and the RX 560 should cost roughly Rs.9,000 which leaves the RX 550. And that’s likely to be around Rs.7,000. We’ll update this section as soon as we get the official prices.