Thursday, April 13th 2017

AMD's RX 500 Series Specifications, Performance Leaked

A leak of what appears to be AMD's presentation on the Radeon RX 500 series has brought confirmation on specifications and details of the new line-up - which includes the RX 580, RX 570, the (until now) missing RX 560, and the RX 550. It would seem AMD has now opted for a new, dual-fan reference design, instead of their usual single-fan, blower-style coolers.

The RX 580 has a base clock of 1257 MHz, and a boost clock of 1340 MHz (74 MHz greater than the RX 480's 1266 MHz). It's a Polaris chip alright, packing the same 36 Compute Units (2304 Stream Processors, and up to 8 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 256-bit interface. AMD apparently decided to compare the RX 580 to the R9 380, which allows the company to show some relevant performance improvements (which wouldn't be possible with the RX 480, now would it.)
The RX 570 also keeps the same core configuration as the RX 470 it substitutes, but with an increased boost clock up to 1244 MHz (by 38 MHz over the reference values for the RX 470) over 32 Compute Units, and will be offered in 4 GB and 8 GB variants.
The RX 560, on the other hand, is where AMD has decided to mix up the game a little, with the RX 560 seeing an increased Stream Processor count over its previous-gen counterpart: 1024 against the RX 460's 896. It's TMUs also see an increase from 56 to 64, though the number of ROPs remains the same. It also features the greatest boost clock increase of the entire RX 500 series, at 57 MHz (to 1257 MHz on the RX 560 over the RX 460's 1200 MHz.) This card will see configurations with up to 4 GB memory over a 128-bit bus.
Finally, the new kid on the block, the RX 550 comes in at 512 Stream Processors (8 CUs) clocked in at 1183 MHz boost. Its 2 GB of memory seem appropriate to the crunching prowess of the little card that will, which AMD is positioning for competitive MOBA's and lower-requirements gaming.

Source: Videocardz, Jisakutech
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68 Comments on AMD's RX 500 Series Specifications, Performance Leaked

#1
ShurikN
Heh, comparing to a 380...

Also, 3rd gen 14nm, soooo LPC?
(I hope now people will finally stop saying that P10 was on LPE, bc if it was, the jump in performance would be larger then this)

And that 560 is now the same chip AMD sold Apple for MBpros. That should make it worthwhile this time.

The cooling seems awesome for a reference card. They really stepped up the game.
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#2
the54thvoid
Comparing to R9 380X.....

Ouch.

Here AMD, have some more straws and clutch harder.

Says the Ryzen owning AMD hater.
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#3
Jizzler
Doesn't seem like a big deal, then again I'm the demographic they're targeting (380X) so this is all fine from my POV.
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#4
hojnikb
What exactly is the point of RX550 ?
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#5
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
So the fact that they are comparing these to tech several generations old, and not the last generation, pretty much confirms that there is no performance improvement worth even talking about, right?
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#6
alucasa
Why are they comparing their new cards with 380 and 970?
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#7
IceScreamer
That's so, I dunno, meh.
I mean the only decent thing is that the 560 now has the full Polaris 11 chip, otherwise disappointing.
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#8
hojnikb
If rx550 is passively cooled out of the box and costs like 50-60$, that it would kinda make sense. Otherwise...
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#9
the54thvoid
newtekie1 said:
So the fact that they are comparing these to tech several generations old, and not the last generation, pretty much confirms that there is no performance improvement worth even talking about, right?
Until reviews hard to say but every site thus far has confirmed it's just a 480 (or the Polaris arch) with refined energy use (so slightly higher clocks). Glad I got my dad a RX 480, at least this means the architecture is good for a few years.
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#10
xkm1948
lololol, looks like they finally realized what a POS polaris is and stopped stamping "entry level VR" on it. Because in reality 480/580 are never good for VR. The raw performance is just not there. Also the MHz is not as high as those came out of rumor mill.

All honestly speaking, I feel like RTG is not getting enough resources to work on good GPUs. I bet all resources were pulled to the design/launch of RyZen.
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#11
warrior420
I think they're comparing the older cards because the owners of those cards have more market share and those would be the people looking at upgrading. That's my guess.
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#12
yogurt_21
why does it seem like AMD traded out graphics competitiveness for CPU competitiveness?

Right at the time when they finally have a cpu that actually has some rewarding features they give up on the graphics market highend?

Like how long now has it been since they were competitive at the top? Since 2014 when the 290X was toppled by the GTX 980 (and 970 in most tests)? Fury X was topped by the 980 Ti and there was nothing in the last round for amd enthusiasts.

Is vega even going to compete? Or will Nv's 3 year lead prove too much to come back from?

Why did they have to kneecap their line in one market to re-enter another?
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#13
RejZoR
Why are they comparing them to R9 300 series and not RX 400 series? O_o
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#14
Fluffmeister
alucasa said:
Why are they comparing their new cards with 380 and 970?
Polaris. Refined. Evolved. Enhanced. Rebranded.
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#15
oxidized
I really want to see a comparison with 400 series, and i hope 580 clocks to 1500 or close to it.
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#16
Nihilus
the54thvoid said:
Comparing to R9 380X.....
....which is like comparing it to a 280x......which is like comparing it to a 7970.....which was released like 6 years ago.

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The 560 looks to be a solid 1080p card, but those are a dime a dozen anyhow.
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#17
ShurikN
RejZoR said:
Why are they comparing them to R9 300 series and not RX 400 series? o_O
What is there to show vs 400? 2% fps increase with these clocks. Hopefully these chips OC better.
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#18
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
xkm1948 said:
lololol, looks like they finally realized what a POS polaris is and stopped stamping "entry level VR" on it. Because in reality 480/580 are never good for VR. The raw performance is just not there. Also the MHz is not as high as those came out of rumor mill.

All honestly speaking, I feel like RTG is not getting enough resources to work on good GPUs. I bet all resources were pulled to the design/launch of RyZen.
I played VR fine on a 290...
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#19
S@LEM!
waw, really comparing R9 380 and GTX 970! Can someone wake up and remind AMD that we are in 2017

i hope they will not do the same for Vega and compare it to 1070 & fury x and fool themself for improvment
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#20
Charcharo
These clocks barely even matter. Polaris is Bandwidth limited.
IF AMD had used 9GHz memory for the 580 and 8 for the 560... I'd be excited. But as it is now?

Nope. :(


S@LEM! said:
waw, really comparing R9 380 and GTX 970! Can someone wake up and remind AMD that we are in 2017

i hope they will not do the same for Vega and compare it to 1070 & fury x and fool themself for improvment
The R9 Fury X is their previous Flagship. The 1070 is the most popular high end current gen GPU. Of course I'd ALSO want 1080 Ti comparisons (though seeing how massive Vega is, it HAS to beat the TXp or else I consider it an engineering failure) but Fury X and 1070 are legit comparisons.
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#21
diatribe
alucasa said:
Why are they comparing their new cards with 380 and 970?
Because comparing them to newer or equivalent AMD 4xx series cards would just showcase how minimal that gains are on these new cards.
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#22
KainXS
It would have been pretty funny to see them compare it to the 400 series.
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#23
xkm1948
cdawall said:
I played VR fine on a 290...
Try serious sam vr, either first or 2nd encounter, ultra detail. My furyX got bogged down even at high settings.
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#24
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
xkm1948 said:
Try serious sam vr, either first or 2nd encounter, ultra detail. My furyX got bogged down even at high settings.
I don't have a headset was playing with it at work lol
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#25
xkm1948
AMD really sucked big time in terms of VR implementation. I bought into the hype of their so called LiquidVR. Up to this point nobody uses that stuff. What is worse is you never see any driver side support for it as well.

AMD posed polaris as a big "you don't need top tier card for VR" campaign. Now look at them finally realizing it is impossible for their low tier GPU to tackle VR. They screwed over a lot of customers who bought into their hype. Over reddit/vive there were users who bought the Vive/480 during discount and later have to shell out even more to by 1080 just so they can enjoy the HMD they bought.

I am seriously disappointed in RTG, more than ever. Knowing me as a guy who exclusively bought ATI cards. RTG is just no good now. They can only do some low end GPUs and that is it.

I have a strong feeling that VEGA will be another major disappointment as well. RTG, never fails to underwhelm you.
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