AMD Launches Radeon RX 500 GPU Refresh
Anyone ready to switch over from their old Radeon GPU has some good news coming to them: AMD has officially launched the Radeon RX 500, a GPU based on the Polaris architecture that’s a direct upgrade to the 200 and 300 series. The series will range in price from $80 to $280 and AMD boasts it will measure up to Nvidia GTX 1050 and 1060 cards when it comes to performance.
The new series has been made on a 14nm process, resulting in higher clock speeds and TDPs across the entire Radeon RX 500 series. Though no benchmarks have been released yet to compare the new Radeons to equivalent Nvidia cards, each new card should be a serious upgrade to its equivalent in older generations. The Radeon RX 570, for instance, has an unboosted clock speed of 1168MHz versus the 470’s 926MHz, as well as a data transfer speed upgrade to 7Gbps from 6.6Gbps.
Besides having improved in terms of raw power, the new Radeon RX 500 series is also cheaper than its predecessors, in an odd reversal of standard industry practice. To once again take the example of the RX 570, it’s $10 cheaper, at $169, than the RX470 was when it released. This should make for some pretty happy customers across the board, as the price of hardware seems to be rising higher than the contents of many wallets will allow.
When all the specs for the news Radeon RX 500 line are taken as a whole, it seems Nvidia has its work cut out for it, though not in the same way that Intel is challenged by AMD’s Ryzen CPUs. Though the new Radeon line is both powerful and economical, knocking Nvidia of its GPU throne may be harder than it seems, especially as the latter is rumored to be working on a new 2000 series, which should shake up the market quite a bit.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.