To Complement Ryzen 5 Processors, AMD Releases Radeon RX 500-Series GPUs

Apr 21, 2017 06:50 AM EDT | Yen Palec

AMD recently released its new lineup of graphics cards called the Radeon RX 500-series. These new GPUs are intended to fully complement the chipmaker's Ryzen 5 series of processors and they are expected to hit the mainstream and entry-level gaming market.

Prior to the official launch, many analysts are expecting that the new GPUs will be based on the highly-anticipated Vega architecture. However, that was not the case. Instead, the RX 500-series is still based on same Polaris architecture which their RX 400 siblings are also based upon.

Headlining the list is the Radeon RX 580. This model packs a 1256MHz base clock and boosts clock of 1366MHz. It has a base TDP of 150W which can reach 185W when in boost.

Next in line is the Radeon RX 570. It has a base clock of 1168MHz and boost clock of 1244MHz. This particular model offers a jump in speed compared to RX 470 which has a maximum clock speed of 1206MHz. On the other hand, this upgrade comes for a price as well and that is in its TDP. The RX 570 has a TDP of 150W, according to PC World.

The Radeon RX 560 sports quite a bump in terms of performance compared to the RX 460. It has a base clock speed of 1175MHz and 1275MHz boost clock. The RX 560 also boasts 16 compute units. AMD has yet to confirm the full specs of the GPU, but many tech analysts are expected the RX 560 to have a much higher power requirement. Some are even expecting that the graphics card will require a 6-pin power connector.

Aimed at the growing e-Sports crowd, the Radeon RX 550 is a new model that offers an affordable alternative to integrated graphics. This model packs eight compute units with a boost clock speed of 1183MHz. AMD has yet to confirm the base speed of this model. Nevertheless, it is confirmed that it will pack 2GB of memory on a 128-bit bus.

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