Sapphire Releases A New Series Of RX 500 Cards
Sapphire has announced an expansion to its line of RX 500 series graphics cards with the Pulse line.
The Pulse line includes the RX 550, 570, and 580. Previously, Sapphire had released the Nitro+ RX 500 cards. One of the differences between these two lines is the cards’ clock speeds. For example, the Pulse RX 580 has a clock speed of 1,336MHz whereas the Nitro has a speed of 1,411MHz.
Another important difference is that while both the Pulse and Nitro 570 RX feature a clock speed of 1,750MHz, the Nitro+ can have more RAM. The Pulse only comes in a 4GB version, but the Nitro+ can be bought in either a four or eight-gigabyte variant.
Unlike the Nitro+ line, the Pulse series does include the RX 550. The 550 was not available in the Nitro+ lineup simply because that line was aimed at consumers seeking more powerful cards and the 550 is the weakest of the RX 5o0 series.
Sapphire has said the Pulse line is currently being shipped to retailers worldwide. As far as prices go, the Pulse line ranges from about $170 to $200 making these cards about $30 cheaper than the Nitro+ line. Ultimately, it all comes down to whether you’re willing to pay an extra $30 for a bit more power. From what we’ve seen, these cards do not appear to be bad so assuming you don’t need the extra power, they may not be a bad deal.
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