AMD fans who saw the new Ryzen desktop computers have another reason to look forward to the Radeon RX 500 series. The new graphics card set may bring a new dimension to devices. Here is what we know so far.
The upcoming Radeon RX Vega cards will most certainly hog the attention of tech enthusiasts. It is, after all, based on AMD’s latest Vega design. However, the upcoming Radeon RX 500 series can equally stun AMD fans because of its origins.
The RX 500 takes its cue from AMD’s older Polaris graphics chip architecture, albeit with an improved design. The Polaris was used in chips dating back to 2016. Which may have fans asking: if the Vega design is built to support systems this 2017, is there any use of an “older” design?
Radeon RX 500 Series: Specs
Digital Trends explained AMD’s two graphics cards systems are useful for customers looking for other upgrade options. The Vega series will undoubtedly boost systems for high-quality experiences in gaming and virtual reality. However, the RX 500 series will offer a more affordable option.
The updated Polaris design may spark curiosity because it is based on the low power plus (LPP) system. The Radeon RX 400 also received the same Polaris-based treatment, and is based on 14nm low power early FinFET-based processing technology. AMD boasts “area and power benefits” for this design.
In fact, the RX 500 appears to be using the same system. Customers will expect more performance at a lower power cost. Those interested for a more in-depth look can check the specs from Digital Trends below.
Price, Release Date
Interestingly, the specifications above may imply that AMD is “rebranding” its RX 400 series. However, PCGamesN says it appears the RX 500 family will also provide a more affordable option for PC upgrades.
This is actually reflected on its projected prices. The RX 580 may more or less sell for $200 while its RX 570 counterpart may cost $150. Lastly, the RX 560 may cost a measly $100. These are good investments for gamers who want to try upgrading their systems for the first time.
After the RX 500 release, AMD will most likely roll out its more powerful Vega cards for more hardcore gamers. If speculations are correct, then the Vega family may directly compete with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 10 series.
AMD fans can look forward to the Radeon RX Vega cards this April. However, the company has not declared an actual release date for their upcoming graphics cards.