Monday, April 10th 2017

Sapphire, MSI AIB RX 500 Series Cards Listed Online; Polaris 20 on Special, "GHz" Edition Cards

Vendor lists for RX 500 series cards keep popping up, and this time, it's Sapphire and MSI's time. And it would seem that Sapphire has just seen the entirety of its RX 500 series lineup leaked (sans the still absent in battle RX 560.) Apparently, Sapphire will launch a new PULSE line of graphics cards, in addition to its already known NITRO series. This new PULSE line of graphics cards will likely carry previous-gen Polaris 10 chips, judging from the difference in pricing between the top of the line RX 580 PULSE (20G) model and its NITRO (40G) counterpart: a 40€ premium can't really justify a differentiation in overclocking alone. A similar situation is seen in regards to the RX 570 cards, with a NITRO-branded, 8 GB RX 570 (40G) being priced higher than a 4 GB, PULSE-branded RX 570. Looking at the model numbers, it would seem differentiation between the Polaris 10 chips and the Polaris 20 XTX and XL is done by the last characters in the product number, with the "40G" products carrying a hefty premium over the "20G" parts.

If the PULSE series are based on the Polaris 10 chips, and the NITRO are based on the newer, freshly confirmed Polaris 20 XTX, the expected difference in clock speeds (with overclocked variants of the RX 500 reaching 1500 MHz) and the newer, as-of-yet-unconfirmed LPP fabrication process would go a long way towards justifying such a premium. This could speak for an approach on clock-speeds towards differentiating the multiple RX 580 price-points, akin to the 7970's GHz Edition - likely, top-of-the line Polaris 20 XTX and XL chips will board higher-tier graphics cards, marketed at exceedingly high clock-speeds.
The RX 580 cards from Sapphire will apparently ship in five flavors, the RX 570 in four (with an 8 GB NITRO model, and a 4 GB MINI model being the obvious outliers), and the RX 550 is the only card which only gets the PULSE treatment, with 2 GB and 4 GB SKUs being prepped for launch. On the MSI side of the camp, only two cards were confirmed so far: the RX 580 GAMING X and the RX 570 GAMING X, with the online listing showing availability for today, April 10th.

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18 Comments on Sapphire, MSI AIB RX 500 Series Cards Listed Online; Polaris 20 on Special, "GHz" Edition Cards

#1
oxidized
prices seem a bit too exaggerated, but well...
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#2
RejZoR
GHz made sense because those were clocked at 1GHz. Calling a 1.5 GHz chip "GHz" is a bit funny. Unless it goes up to 2GHz. Then you can re-use it.
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#3
Raevenlord
News Editor
RejZoR said:
GHz made sense because those were clocked at 1GHz. Calling a 1.5 GHz chip "GHz" is a bit funny. Unless it goes up to 2GHz. Then you can re-use it.
That's why the "GHz" is in quotation marks, just as a placeholder for some kind of special edition naming that would make sense to be up there =)

"GHz-and-a-half" would be funnier :p
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#4
HD64G
Just 15 euros is the difference between Nitro and Pulse tbh. Don't know about the top priced one though as it has an "LE" more in its name than the Nitro below it.
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#5
TheinsanegamerN
Those prices are far too high for a bunch of rebrandeons.
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#6
uuuaaaaaa
TheinsanegamerN said:
Those prices are far too high for a bunch of rebrandeons.
And i7 990x is a rebranded i7 980x, and Phenom II X4 980BE is a rebranded Phenom II X4 955BE. Even better, the R7 1800x is just a rebranded R7 1700.
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#7
refillable
TheinsanegamerN said:
Those prices are far too high for a bunch of rebrandeons.
I guess I'm just far too high for your level of stupidity.
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#8
Xzibit
Raevenlord said:
That's why the "GHz" is in quotation marks, just as a placeholder for some kind of special edition naming that would make sense to be up there =)

"GHz-and-a-half" would be funnier :p
I get the intent (The 7079 GHz had a stock clock of 1GHz) but this part kills it

Raevenlord said:

If the PULSE series are based on the Polaris 10 chips, and the NITRO are based on the newer, freshly confirmed Polaris 20 XTX, the expected difference in clock speeds (with overclocked variants of the RX 500 reaching 1500 MHz) and the newer, as-of-yet-unconfirmed LPP fabrication process would go a long way towards justifying such a premium.
Reports of stock clocks are in the 1300+ range so far. I suspect it to mimic the 390 updates as far as performance and clocks (Stock 580 = 480 AIB OC).
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#9
Nihilus
HD64G said:
Just 15 euros is the difference between Nitro and Pulse tbh. Don't know about the top priced one though as it has an "LE" more in its name than the Nitro below it.
LE = Liquid Edition? Anyhow, good catch.
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#10
buildzoid
Nihilus said:
LE = Liquid Edition? Anyhow, good catch.
more like Lite Edition
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#11
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
uuuaaaaaa said:
And i7 990x is a rebranded i7 980x, and Phenom II X4 980BE is a rebranded Phenom II X4 955BE. Even better, the R7 1800x is just a rebranded R7 1700.
also darth vader is luke's father...
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#12
mroofie
peche said:
also darth vader its luke's father...
Thank you ;d
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#13
Tsukiyomi91
let's all wait for a review sample & see how it flexes it's silicon muscle on the latest driver release against Nvidia's Pascal & it's own brothers.
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#14
9700 Pro
I just hate more and more these stupid product names.. :/
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#15
ratirt
peche said:
also darth vader is luke's father...
Oh no, spoiler alert :P
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#16
Raevenlord
News Editor
peche said:
also darth vader is luke's father...
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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#17
HD64G
buildzoid said:
more like Lite Edition
Exactly the opposite. LE means Limited Edition. It is written on the package box of the GPU.



Let's see the core clocks and the power consumption of it now. Maybe the 30 euros added in price isn't too much but the review is needed first.
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