AMD has officially revealed its new range of Radeon RX 500X series graphics cards. And, well, don’t go getting your hopes up. From the looks of things, this new series of Radeon graphics cards is pretty much just a complete rebrand of the current Radeon RX 500 series.
Looking at the specs for these models, they look absolutely, 100% identical to the current non-X versions of the 500 series, so there's overt reason for these existing, other than getting ‘new’ products on shelves. They’re basically new GPUs for OEMs so there’s not a great deal to get excited about here.
If we take the new AMD Radeon RX 580X as an example, here’s how the specs compare to the original Radeon RX 580:
Radeon RX 580 Radeon RX 580X GPU Polaris 20 XT Polaris 20 XT Compute Units 36 36 Steam Processors 2304 2304 TMUs 144 144 ROPs 32 32 Transistor Count 5.7 Billion 5.7 Billion GPU Clock 1257MHz 1257MHz GPU Boost Clock 1340MHz 1340MHz Max Memory 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5 Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit Memory Bandwidth 256GB/s 256GB/s
And, well, I think you get the picture by now. These are identical graphics cards to the Radeon RX 500 series released in 2017, only now they’re being marketed for pre-built gaming PCs and laptops. This will be so OEMs can slap a 2018 label on their products and pass it off as new.
The full list of Radeon RX 500X series graphics cards is as follows:
- AMD Radeon RX 580X (Desktop)
- AMD Radeon RX 570X (Desktop)
- AMD Radeon RX 560X (Desktop and Mobile)
- AMD Radeon RX 550X (Desktop)
- AMD Radeon RX 540X (Mobile)
- AMD Radeon 540X (Mobile)
For now, then, we’re going to have to wait a little longer to actually see AMD’s next-generation of graphics cards, whether that’s a simple refresh or an entirely new GPU.