Rumor: Radeon RX 500-series cards could launch next week

The sharp-eyed rumor hawks over at Videocardz have spotted listings at a couple of web shops for purported Radeon RX 580, RX 570, and RX 550 cards from Sapphire, MSI, and Asus. Both 4GB and 8GB memory capacities are represented for the RX 570 and RX 580, while the RX 550 appears to come in 2GB or 4GB varieties.

Image: Videocardz

We've heard nary a peep about an upcoming Radeon refresh from official sources, but the existence of these cards isn't entirely surprising. With the looming launch of the Radeon RX Vega, system integrators and OEMs will likely want freshly-branded cards to use in lower-end products. Videocardz thinks the RX 570 and RX 580 are likely based on the same Polaris 10 GPU as the RX 470 and RX 480. The RX 550, on the other hand, is probably based on that rumored Polaris 12 GPU.

Notably missing from the leaks is an RX 460 analog, presumably to be called the RX 560. That might indicate that the rumored Polaris 12 is performing well enough that a supposed RX 560 became redundant, or it might point to another vendor chomping up AMD's supply of the petite and power-efficient Polaris.

There aren't a tremendous number of details about the new cards, unfortunately. Sapphire might be introducing a new "Pulse" branding, and that all of that company's Polaris 10-based cards will include two HDMI and two DisplayPort connections. There also appears to be a "Mini" model coming from Sapphire. MSI's cards follow the standard Gaming X nomenclature, while all of Asus' listed Polaris 10 offerings are ROG Strix models.

The listings at Videocardz show prices, but the site cautions readers not to panic at the high numbers since they're likely placeholders. These cards are purportedly expected to be in stock April 10, so if these listings are accurate, we don't have long to wait.

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    • Shobai
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<] Sapphire might be introducing a new "Pulse" branding from Sapphire[/quote<] One of those may be redundant

    • TwistedKestrel
    • 3 years ago

    If the rebranding works like it’s supposed to, it will diminish the value of existing RX 4?0 inventory. Who eats that cost? Retailers or manufacturers? (Not a rhetorical question, just some naivety about retail/supply chain stuff)

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      They’ll just print a sticker and slap it on the box. New Radeon RX4̶580!

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Every new product generation devalues the generation before it. That’s why manufacturers tend to decrease supply prior to a new product launch. Also, there is profit margin to play with. Hence why you see sales and discounts on past-gen products before and on the eve of new product launches. Clear inventory.

    • Ninjitsu
    • 3 years ago

    Fermi has been around long enough that I’m going to confuse the GTX 5xx cards with RX 5xx cards a lot

    • deruberhanyok
    • 3 years ago

    [i<]With the looming launch of the Radeon RX Vega, system integrators and OEMs will likely want freshly-branded cards to use in lower-end products. [/i<] I don't understand this. The Radeon RX 4x0 cards launched last summer, so did the GeForce GTX 10x0 cards. NVIDIA introduced the 1080ti a few weeks ago and there wasn't any grumbling about rebadging, they just slapped some faster memory on the 1060 and 1080s and kept selling them. So why would these be any different?

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      It’s always a slippery slope. Nvidia is still firmly in their 10xx product family so they probably wanted to keep their SKUs consistent with that naming. AMD Vega will essentially be the same as a new product generation, so AMD can do their typical rebrand (turn up clock speeds, give it a new product number) and convert everything to 5xx series.

      That said, the GTX1060 lineup is getting quite sketchy. With the GTX1060 6GB 9GT/s, GTX1060 6GB 8GT/s, GTX1060 3GB, and wasn’t there a cut-down GTX1060 3GB with less shaders or something also?

      [Edit] I would add that my (an most people that I’ve heard from) RX480 really doesn’t like going above the stock ~1266MHz. Mine is factory OC’d version of 1305MHz (one of the highest OC of RX480) but the voltage really spikes exponentially once you go above that 1266MHz range. There’s a chance that through manufacturing improvements they’ve been able to get higher clocks out of their chips without the need for crazy voltage.

        • deruberhanyok
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah, I could see that. I know a lot of people have said the usual Radeon magic was really effective with getting RX 480 temps down, so some process improvements and a new spin of the die could give them a way to differentiate performance, at least.

        I think all of the 3GB 1060s had one shader unit disabled. I know mine does.

        Idunno though, I guess since Vega is a different architecture it could be the start of a new product lineup, but they had Fury and just called it Fury. I figured with all of the hubbub they made about how it will be called Radeon Vega that we’d just get the RX 400 series and oh btw there is the Vega and Vega Nano or something. Maybe Vega MAXX, they could bring that back.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    That’s the Lambda-tek store, if I’m not mistaken.

    Given my experience with them I’d expect this to be a typo, their site is riddled with typos, incorrectly listed hardware and missing information. I’ve returned something like half of the items I’ve ordered from them because it wasn’t what was listed.

    [b<]EDIT: It looks like the 500-series is a real thing! Lambda-tek not to blame this time....[/b<]

      • D@ Br@b($)!
      • 3 years ago

      Wil you order from them in the future?

        • deruberhanyok
        • 3 years ago

        How likely are you to recommend them to a friend?

          • Chrispy_
          • 3 years ago

          Pretty highly, actually.

          Their listing screw-ups sometimes mean that they list things incorrectly in your favour. Like, for example, ordering an Acer laptop listed as an Acer Travelmate P658.NX.VCYEK.001 and getting an Acer Travelmate P658.NX.VCYEK.004 which has an i7 instead of an i5 and double the SSD capacity.

          People like gambling right? Well, this is better than gambling because if you’re not satisfied with their mistake you’re legally entitled to a full refund plus shipping. If they screw up in your favour, EU consumer law means it’s very unlikely to be worth their while trying to recoup their error.

    • freebird
    • 3 years ago

    What is the delay with this article?!?… it was suppose to post on April 1.

    • Mat3
    • 3 years ago

    What the **** is the point of stupid rebrands like this? It’s pathetic. Do they really think people out there are too stupid or lazy to do some basic research to know they aren’t real upgrades over the previous cards? Do ploys like this actually work to bring in more money over what they cost? Even rebranding will come with some additional expenses. Bring out Vega already and forget these shenanigans!

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]What the **** is the point of stupid rebrands like this? It's pathetic.[/quote<] Yes. [quote<]Do they really think people out there are too stupid or lazy to do some basic research to know they aren't real upgrades over the previous cards?[/quote<] Yes. [quote<]Do ploys like this actually work to bring in more money over what they cost?[/quote<] Yes, unfortunately. OEMs are the main driver for these sorts of rebrands (although look at how many generations of aftermarket cards Tahiti lived on in).

      • D@ Br@b($)!
      • 3 years ago

      To answer your first question, “With the looming launch of the Radeon RX Vega, system integrators and OEMs will likely want freshly-branded cards to use in lower-end products.”
      They know there are people out there who are to ignorant to know they aren’t real upgrades.
      And yes they will cash in on the launch of “RX Vega”.
      Just wait for Vega and ignore these shenanigans.

      • RdVi
      • 3 years ago

      I wish they would at least move the numbers down one notch… Have baby Vega be the new x80

        • Voldenuit
        • 3 years ago

        I say they should just go to Hexadecimal and give us a RX 590, RX 5A0, RX 5B0… up to RX 5F0.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      The RX580 will supposedly ship at 1340MHz core clock on the reference board. The RX480 was 1266MHz and 1340MHz is a good bit higher than any of the OC model RX480s on the market.

      I know my MSI RX480 Gaming X needs exponentially more voltage to go from 1266MHz to it’s factory OC of 1306MHz ([url=https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=119219<]even with manual undervolting[/url<]). So they've clearly made some process improvements and they want to show off their achievements.

    • Topinio
    • 3 years ago

    Bets on a low-profile single-slot RX 550 being a worthwhile performance upgrade to a HD 7750 then?

      • Demetri
      • 3 years ago

      If it’s based on Polaris12 (rumored to be a 640SP chip like the 7770)… depends on what you consider worthwhile. I’d say 7790 performance at best.

      • Concupiscence
      • 3 years ago

      Given that an R7 260 already stomped the 7750 flat, in absolute terms it’s a shoo-in.

    • SlappedSilly
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]DVI, HDMI*2, DP*2[/quote<] Not much room left to vent heat out the back.

      • JosiahBradley
      • 3 years ago

      Also no triple display setup possible with regular monitors with display port. Kinda killing off eyefinity in favour of VR. DP -> HDMI always works, never the other way around (without a controller).

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]by Zak Killian[/quote<] Ctrl+F RGB [i<]Phrase not found[/i<] Who let Zak out of his natural habitat? Do the other TR staff know he's running amok?

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      Dammit! You’re right!

      BRB, chasing him back!

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 3 years ago

    So the Vega cards will be part of the RX Angry brand?

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      Vega is prescription-strength Angry.

      These cards are just over the counter.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 3 years ago

    Oh how exciting. Nothing like a rumor of rebrands to satiate my tech news fiend appetite.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    The Krogoth is strong in this one.

      • NTMBK
      • 3 years ago

      The cliché is strong in this one.

        • flip-mode
        • 3 years ago

        This one is looking for a Crysis.

          • YukaKun
          • 3 years ago

          I can’t run with that joke anymore.

      • D@ Br@b($)!
      • 3 years ago

      Don’t vote down, without the opening the others wouldn’t be able to score.

        • UberGerbil
        • 3 years ago

        It’s chuckula, though. When he’s in one of his trolling phases I downvote all his comments without reading them just on principle.

          • D@ Br@b($)!
          • 3 years ago

          “the Force” is with him on this one

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