MSI is known for producing an inordinate number of variations on every motherboard, and the company's modus operandi with graphics cards is quite similar. That's not necessarily a bad thing, since there's a card for every taste, and for every wallet. Here's what the company has in store after today's unveiling of the Radeon RX 500-series cards.
There's a total of five RX 580 cards based on the fully-enabled Polaris 20 GPU, and two slightly-cut-down RX 570 offerings. Let's start with the big ones first. The range-topping card is the RX 580 Gaming X+ 8G, a beast that can hit a 1441 MHz boost clock in its most aggressive mode. MSI's Twin Frozr VI cooler makes an appearance here, complete with a backplate and RGB LED lighting. We're guessing that the cooler atop this particular card is thicker than usual, since MSI lists the card's width as 2" (50 mm). The RAM is clocked at 8 GT/s, though we figure that similarly to the offerings below, the OC mode will push it to 8.1 GT/s. This card apparently hasn't hit e-tail yet, so details are sparse.
The RX 580 Gaming X is similar to the model above in almost all aspects, save that its GPU can hit "only" 1393 MHz and that the card is a little narrower at 1.7" (or 42mm). The price tag on this model reads $245. The last of the RX 580 Gaming X cards is the 4GB model. This variant is similar to the previously-mentioned one, save that its 4GB of RAM is clocked at 7 GT/s, or 7.1 GT/s in OC mode. Buyers will need to shell out $215 for it.
Those with thinner wallets but who are still pining for an RX 580 can take a look at the Armor-branded offerings. The RX 580 Armor 8G OC has a dual-fan cooler (albeit with fairly large fans). Its GPU can hit 1366 MHz, and the RAM is clocked at the standard 8 GT/s. Online pricing is set at $230. The last member in MSI's RX 580 family is the RX 580 Armor 4G OC. This version shares all of the previous card's characteristics, save that it only packs 4GB of RAM clocked at 7 GT/s. For all of $200, this card can be yours.
Finally, there's a pair of pixel-pushers based on the RX 570 chip. The RX 570 Gaming X 4GB comes with a Twin Frozr VI cooler and is clocked at up to 1293 MHz. Just like its other Gaming X brethren, this card's 4GB of RAM can be pushed to 7.1 GT/s. The dollar number for this variant is $190. The most affordable entry into MSI's RX 500 range is the RX 570 Armor 4G OC model. Despite its simpler Armor cooler, this card will still boost up to 1268 MHz, though there's no RAM overclock on tap. Only $175 buys you entrance into the RX 500 world.
All of these cards have two DisplayPorts, two HDMI outputs, and a DVI connector. They all draw juice from an 8-pin PCIe power connector. If you're set to upgrade your graphics card, any of the above choices look like fine options to us.
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