AMD has always been known to deliver good performance graphic cards at very affordable prices. 2016’s RX400 line-up of graphic cards upheld AMD’s tradition and 2017’s RX500 series looks to do the same. Although not too different from last year’s GPU family, this year’s lineup has higher clock speeds so will deliver better performance.
The higher end model, the RX580, has 1257 MHz/1340 MHz clock speeds (base/boost). This is higher compared to last year’s range topper the RX480 which clocked in at 1120 MHz/1266 MHz clock speeds (base/boost). The same goes for other members of the new lineup. The RX570 upped to1168 MHz/1266 MHz (base/boost) from last year’s RX470’s 926 MHz/1206 MHz (base/boost).
Lastly, the RX560 increased to1175 MHz/1275 MHz (base/boost) from the previous RX460 that had 1090 MHz/1200 MHz (base/boost). The new cards may have higher clock speeds, but they don’t cost a lot more than the previous generation. The Costs are: $229 for the RX580 8GB RAM, $199 for the RX580 4GB, $169 for the RX570 4GB and $99 for the RX560 2GB.
The prices of third party models of these cards, such as those from ASUS or MSI, may vary. There is one concern here. AMD’s new lineup does have better clock speeds than before but the new performance benchmarks it has revealed were only in comparison with its previous GPUs.
The new GPUs use the Polaris architecture and that is what AMD wants customers to shift to. If AMD does only want consumers to shift to the newer architecture, and this is just a way of doing that, than the improvements expected might not actually be there.
However, even if the improvements are not as significant as AMD will have us believe, the new cards are still great value for money, as AMD cards have always been.