Report: AMD to Launch Radeon RX 500 Series GPUs in April

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2017 - 05:04 PM |
Tagged: video card, RX 580, RX 570, RX 560, RX 550, rx 480, rumor, report, rebrand, radeon, graphics, gpu, amd

According to a report from we can expect AMD Radeon RX 500-series graphics cards next month, with an April 4th launch of the RX 580 and RX 570, and subsequent RX 560/550 launch on April 11. The bad news? According to the report "all cards, except RX 550, are most likely rebranded from Radeon RX 400 series".

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AMD Polaris 10 GPU (Image credit: Heise Online)

Until official confirmation on specs arrive, this is still speculative; however, if Vega is not ready for an April launch and AMD will indeed be refreshing their Radeon lineup, an R9 300-series speed bump/rebrand is not out of the realm of possibility. VideoCardz offers (unconfirmed, at this point) specs of the upcoming RX 500-series cards, with RX 400 numbers for comparison:

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The first graph shows the increased GPU boost clock speed of ~1340 MHz for the rumored RX 580, with the existing RX 480 clocked at 1266 MHz. Both would be Polaris 10 GPUs with otherwise identical specs. The same largely holds for the rumored specs on the RX 570, though this GPU would presumably be shipping with faster memory clocks as well. On the RX 560 side, however, the Polaris 11 powered replacement for the RX 460 might be based on the 1024-core variant we have seen from the Chinese market.

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No specifics on the RX 550 are yet known, which VideoCardz says "is most likely equipped with Polaris 12, a new low-end GPU". These rumors come via (German language), who state that those "hoping for Vega-card will be disappointed - the cards are intended to be rebrands with known GPUs". We will have to wait until next month to know for sure, but even if this is the case, expect faster clocks and better performance for the same money.

Source: VideoCardz

March 1, 2017 | 05:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Rebrands of basically the entire 400 Series? Color me disappointed. Hopefully there will be at least SOME new feature added. I'm not holding out much hope though.

March 1, 2017 | 08:07 PM - Posted by PixyMisa

Rebrands of 460, 470, and 480, though possibly on a tweaked process with slightly higher clock speeds.

New chips above and below those. Vega 10 & 11 above, Polaris 12 below.

March 1, 2017 | 11:26 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So call them 490 (or 485), 475 and 465. Unless there are some significant changes to the chips, it doesn't deserve a new series.

March 2, 2017 | 03:19 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

At least AMD will not ask $700 for old cards.

March 1, 2017 | 07:29 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If this true, what an epic disaster, unless all of these cards boost up to 1,500mhz, why bother?

Let's hope those Ryzen reviews tomorrow are epic for the sake of competition.

April 5, 2017 | 12:03 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Check out these pics of an rx580 hitting 1500mhz.

March 1, 2017 | 07:33 PM - Posted by JayG80 (not verified)

Did you even watch the brand reveal? They said it's just going to be called RX Vega... no 5xx branding.

March 1, 2017 | 07:35 PM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

Yep. Vega is called Vega. I watched. This isn't Vega. It's the RX 500 series.

March 1, 2017 | 08:09 PM - Posted by Isaac Johnson

Funny he asked you that when he obviously didn't read the article he was commenting on.

March 2, 2017 | 12:21 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Looks like you didn't watch it either, Vega is now RX Vega, the RX 500 series are the cards below it, similar to the fury card and the 200 series cards.

March 2, 2017 | 01:05 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

We should all just shave our neckbeards now for there is no competing with you.

March 1, 2017 | 09:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The RX 480/RX 470 deals are going to be great for some very very affordable dual GPU gaming and match that with Ryzen shipping on the 2nd of March.

The 8GB RX 480 pricing is falling below $200 and I'd love to see more GPU price tracking articles on a weekly basis now that the RX 480s/RX 470s are being updated with the RX 580s/RX 570s incoming. Ditto for Nvidia's SKU's and Vega is not expected for a few more months also. Talk about some good old price wars and inventory clearance deals!

March 1, 2017 | 09:24 PM - Posted by gc (not verified)

LiquidSky will be using Vega.
LiquidSky will be down for upgrade March 7 to March 14.
Will LiquidSky use Vega beginning March 14 (π day)?

(Probably not, assuming drivers and games are not yet ready.
But interesting to think that people could use Vega via
their mobile devices before they can buy one for the desktop.
Maybe LiquidSky can use reject Vega chips to produce multiple
game streams, at low resolution due to bandwidth limits.)

March 1, 2017 | 10:23 PM - Posted by pdjblum

So the 480 is going to get even better. Fucking amazing card for $200 these days, and that is with 8GB memory. They have successfully fine tuned the drivers and will now offer a more finely tuned 480 variant. Still do not understand why people think the 1060 is a better card and are willing to pay more for it?

March 2, 2017 | 01:27 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It draws less power and doesn't fry your PCIe slot.

March 2, 2017 | 02:03 AM - Posted by pdjblum

Not nice saying people are stupid. Why else would they care about maybe a few dollars a year or worry about frying the pci slot when that can't happen if they ever updated drivers or have a motherboard that isn't ten years old? Try to not be so rude to those people who chose the 1060 for the reasons you suggest.

March 2, 2017 | 01:28 AM - Posted by bobby butronic (not verified)

my commdore 64 shits on everything. plays DOS on ultra 16k at 10000 fps

March 2, 2017 | 02:28 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

lol lol lol.........

March 2, 2017 | 03:17 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes, C64 are known for diarrhea colors.

March 2, 2017 | 02:27 AM - Posted by Marc Sticken (not verified)

I'm personally picking the 1060 6gb oc from gigabyte not because it's better but rather because it is a Nvidia card and Nvidia cards use less power as well as being the less heat producing cards now I'm not saying that AMD CPUs/GPUs are bad I'm just saying the will need beefier coolers and I now from experience I have afx 8350 and a GTX 1050 and I chose the 1050 for a start because it produces less heat andi choose the fx8350 because it has a better value than the i5 and is cheaper that and I have a liquid cooler from my last rig

March 2, 2017 | 03:02 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If those numbers are true - they indeed are a disappointment as is the whole strategy behind them. No doubt 580/570 would be maxing out their given thermal headroom. So here we are, yet again, to expect high energy consumption and products from AMD that don't really compete favourably when compared to Nvidia.

Nvidia should add ways to simulate AMD GPU's by implementing a light bulb holder to their cards in order to show how much energy AMD is actually wasting to achieve same levels of performance than Nvidia. Really sad, and so unecological, that it actually should be forbidden by laws.

March 2, 2017 | 04:02 AM - Posted by Anubhav Gupta (not verified)

They don't have to launch a new series......They should launch new models of rx400 series

March 2, 2017 | 04:03 AM - Posted by Anubhav Gupta (not verified)

They don't have to launch a new series......They should launch new models of rx400 series

March 2, 2017 | 04:03 AM - Posted by Anubhav Gupta (not verified)

They don't have to launch a new series......They should launch new models of rx400 series

March 2, 2017 | 05:09 AM - Posted by donut (not verified)

Looks like I already have a rx580. My rx480-XFX-gtr-black runs at 1338 MHz out of the box. And I OC to 1410 MHz with ease. Could go higher but no need to.

Price of these will have to be good for it to work.

March 2, 2017 | 08:54 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

My next upgrade, not interested in spending too much money on a gpu since it's not really needed with the low quality of games right now anyways.

March 2, 2017 | 01:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Not really needed if you're running 1440p and below.

Very much needed otherwise.

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