Wednesday, April 12th 2017

AMD's RX 500 Series Launch Confirmed on April 18th

AMD is on a roll with product launches lately, having just pushed out what is probably the most significant update in mainstream CPUs in years: the Ryzen 5 line of desktop processors. You can look over TPU's review of the 1500X and 1600X here and here. AMD is looking towards powering another central part of your desktop processor, though, with the impending launch of the RX 500 line of GPUs.

Confirmed as rebrands of previous-generation Polaris 10, the new RX 500 series will carry the new Polaris 20 XTX and Polaris 20 XL chips, which are expected to feature higher clocks (in the range of 1300-1400 MHz) from AIBs, before your own overclocking. PowerColor has officially confirmed the launch date as April 18th through social media with a tease for their new Red Devil graphics card. Now if only we could see Vega on this new horizon...

Source: Videocardz
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16 Comments on AMD's RX 500 Series Launch Confirmed on April 18th

#1
Ivaroeines
Oh, nice, but had AMD been smart they would have gone past the 500 series a long time ago, been at 800 series, it would have been a much better card(costumers would think so, and the costumer is always right).

Re-branding is in my eyes fraud, its meant to deceive costumers. AMD could you please stop doing that, the press should stop reporting and testing re-branded products.
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rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Ivaroeines said:
Oh, nice, but had AMD been smart they would have gone past the 500 series a long time ago, been at 800 series, it would have been a much better card(costumers would think so, and the costumer is always right).

Re-branding is in my eyes fraud, its meant to deceive costumers. AMD could you please stop doing that, the press should stop reporting and testing re-branded products.
Rebranding is by no means exclusive to AMD.
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#3
Steevo
Ivaroeines said:
Oh, nice, but had AMD been smart they would have gone past the 500 series a long time ago, been at 800 series, it would have been a much better card(costumers would think so, and the costumer is always right).

Re-branding is in my eyes fraud, its meant to deceive costumers. AMD could you please stop doing that, the press should stop reporting and testing re-branded products.
Like the X800GTO? Or the X550?

Nvidia is just as guilty or rebrands, and may have originated it.
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#4
Prima.Vera
Looking forward for the RX 600 and RX 700 re-brands of the RX 300.... Yawn...

RX = Re-brands eXtended
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#5
Fx
Ivaroeines said:
Oh, nice, but had AMD been smart they would have gone past the 500 series a long time ago, been at 800 series, it would have been a much better card(costumers would think so, and the costumer is always right).

Re-branding is in my eyes fraud, its meant to deceive costumers. AMD could you please stop doing that, the press should stop reporting and testing re-branded products.
In terms of business, cost, responsibility to investors and many other reasons... AMD is making the right decision to rebrand. AMD is not out of the woods won't be for quite awhile.

Once they are operating within healthy profit margins, they will be in a better stance to make riskier decisions.
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#6
NTM2003
will two rx 580s cross fire = to 1080? since my mobo don't support sli
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#7
oxidized
NTM2003 said:
will two rx 580s cross fire = to 1080? since my mobo don't support sli
Yes but you get all downsides of having a multi video cards config.
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#8
NTM2003
I never used amd cards before so I wouldn't know but two prob still be cheaper then a 1080 ti
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#9
oxidized
NTM2003 said:
I never used amd cards before so I wouldn't know but two prob still be cheaper then a 1080 ti
downsides don't always include price, in this case it's not included.
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#10
illli
ATI (before bought by AMD) and NV were and have both been doing this for as long back as I can remember. A lot of rebrands were in the laptop segment. Straight up rebranding of an existing gpu with no changes. I disliked it then, and still do.
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Fx
illli said:
ATI (before bought by AMD) and NV were and have both been doing this for as long back as I can remember. A lot of rebrands were in the laptop segment. Straight up rebranding of an existing gpu with no changes. I disliked it then, and still do.
You may dislike it, but it seems unwarranted. The primary metric in determining different tiers of graphics cards (regardless of manufacturer) is performance. Yes, there are others like power draw, acoustics, form factor and price, but these are all secondary. The reason being is that if the card doesn't meet your hardware requirements then everything else doesn't matter because you shouldn't be installing the card.

With that said, AMD is doing their best to provide cards within every tier of performance. They have already introduced a card (Vega) to represent their enthusiast tier. They designed and utilized brand new processes to do this because that was required to hit higher levels of performance. Everything below that they can already achieve with existing technology.

So why in the world do you think they would use their latest technologies to achieve performance levels that they can already attain when they posses mature, efficient, cost-effective technologies to do so? It seems quite obvious to me there isn't enough incentive to do so.

It comes down to cost and risk. Smart business leaders are adept at managing these factors. AMD is just now digging themselves out of a hole so keep that in context when you think about all of this.

In other words, you don't always have to use today's latest and greatest tools to perform yesterday's demands...
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#12
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Everyone does understand that the 4xx series to 5xx series isn't just a rebrand right. They are swapping processes and the card will consume less power/clock higher. AMD is a for profit company if you want them to re-release under the same branding for something that has been torn apart as a bad buy, by a multitude of tech sites due to short comings in power you are crazy.
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#13
Captain_Tom
1450/9000 clocks and this would be a pretty decent new card.
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#16
medi01
<-_-> said:
RX 500 = Polaris Evolved ?
http://jisakutech.com/archives/2017/04/33003

So, boost clock of 1340Mhz, evolved, right, indeed nothing revolutionary.


PS
I'm worried about bloody Vega. If at freaking 500mm2 and HBM2 it can only compete with non Ti GDDR equipped 314mm2 1080, that's epic.fail.
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