PowerColor RX 500 cards deliver fire and brimstone


— 11:00 AM on April 18, 2017

PowerColor's cards based on AMD's ever-so-slightly refreshed Radeon 500-series silicon have been something of a worst-kept secret over the last few weeks. The company has now officially unveiled two Radeon RX 570 cards along with a quartet of RX 580 pixel pushers. The two RX 570s both pack 4 GB of 7 GT/s GDDR5 memory, while the higher-end cards carry varying amounts of memory at 7 GT/s or 8 GT/s depending on the model.

In the fashion of Drake (NSFW alert), we will start at the bottom of the product stack. The Red Dragon Radeon RX 570 4GB is clocked as high as 1250 MHz when boosting. Meanwhile, the Red Devil RX 570 has advertised boost clocks up to 1320 MHz. Both cards use a single eight-pin PCIe power connector. The specs page for the Red Dragon card says its measurements are 10.2" x 5.5 x 1.8" (26 cm x 14 cm x 4.7 cm), though at first blush the card appears to be a standard double-slot unit (at 3.8 cm). The Red Devil card is listed as 12.2" x 5.1" x 1.5" (31 cm x 13 cm x 3.8 cm), which sounds more accurate.

PowerColor's entry-level RX 580 card is the Red Dragon Radeon RX 580 4GB, packing 4 GB of 7 GT/s memory to go along with a GPU core that boosts up to 1350 Mhz. The higher-end Red Dragon Radeon RX 580 8GB has the same core clock, though memory capacity is ratcheted up to 8 GB with a speed bump to 8 GT/s. Both of these cards are powered with single eight-pin PCIe connectors.

Those willing to accept a little extra fire and brimstone in the form of additional power consumption and heat output can go for a Red Devil Radeon RX 580 8GB and its slightly higher 1380 MHz boost clock. Finally, the top-tiered creature is the Red Devil Golden Sample Radeon RX 580 8GB and its 1425 MHz boost clock. Buyers inviting these demonic video cards into their systems will need six and eight-pin PCIe power connectors, probably in addition to the standard-issue incantations. 

All of PowerColor's Radeon RX 500 cards sport the same port cluster with three DisplayPort outputs, a single HDMI connector, and one DVI-D jack for those clinging to older monitors. The Radeon RX 570 cards are priced at $175 for the Red Dragon and $190 for the Red Devil. Buyers looking for the extra stream processors of the RX 580 models can pick a price point between the between the $200 of the Red Dragon RX 580 4GB and the $270 of the Red Devil Golden Sample model.

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