The Radeon RX 500 series is not yet upon us, but it's clearly close. Over at the Baidu forums, user "liweizhaocc" posted up what appear to be some pictures of PowerColor's upcoming RX 580 Golden Sample graphics card. The original post has been removed, but we can still enjoy the card's photos courtesy of eTeknix.
The cooler appears to be a two-fan downsized version of the triple-fan design onboard the RX 480 Red Devil. The fans on the RX 580 GS are larger, though. This design decision could have been prompted by PowerColor moving to a shorter board design. The pictured cooler uses four heatpipes connected to two baseplates—a typical large one for the GPU, and a smaller plate that runs across the power delivery hardware.
That power delivery hardware is fed by both eight- and six-pin power connectors. The RX 580 series is purportedly a re-brand of the Polaris 10-based RX 480, so the presence of those two power connectors indicates that either PowerColor is running a significant overclock on its Golden Sample model of the RX 580, or that the RX 580 itself is much thirstier than its predecessor. The card comes with a hardware switch to toggle the video BIOS between OC mode and silent mode.
The back of the card has a full-length backplate with an engraved pentagram logo. PowerColor's fantasy-inspired "Devil" branding has been a source of a little controversy before, and it seems likely that the graphic design of these cards will be divisive. Unfortunately, the original post didn't have any details on pricing or availability. The pictures appear to show a retail model of the card, though, so assuming all the info checks out, we probably don't have long to wait.
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