AMD’s Radeon RX 500X series looks familiar

Unless you watch technology news like a hawk, you may not have noticed that AMD has released a new series of Radeons. Don't get excited, though—the sort-of-new Radeon 500X series is an OEM rebadge of the existing RX 500 cards. Intel has the full family of Coffee Lake CPUs out, and AMD is purportedly preparing to launch the second-generation Ryzen processors. OEMs are all putting out new products, but they'd be loathe to launch with last-generation Radeons. Ergo, we have the Radeon 500X series. Here, take a look at the full specifications:

Card CUs Stream

processors

Base

clock (MHz)

Boost

clock (MHz)

Memory

size (MB)

Memory

speed (MT/s)

Memory

bus width

Radeon RX 580X 36 2304 1257 1340 8192 8000 256-bit
Radeon RX 570X 32 2048 1168 1244 8192 7000 256-bit
Radeon RX 560X 14/16 896/1024 1175 1275 4096 7000 128-bit
Radeon RX 550X 8/10 512/640 1287 4096 7000 128-bit
Radeon RX 540X 8 512 1219 4096 6000 128-bit

At least we won't have to guess at the performance of the new cards. Even if there's little to say about the new hardware, it's not as if nothing has happened on the Radeon front since the RX 500 series came out. Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition brought support for an in-game overlay that can display performance metrics and status of the Radeon ReLive streaming app. ReLive itself got some revisions, including the ability to work with titles using the Vulkan API. There's also the AMD Link mobile app to consider. Of course, those features are available on extant Radeon cards, too—though you might not see AMD's partners advertising that fact.

To be fair, most every chip company out there has re-badged existing hardware at some point to please its OEM customers. Certainly AMD would prefer to be selling all-new product, but it seems likely that the next-generation Radeon hardware—whatever that ends up being—isn't quite ready yet. For now, just be aware that if you see an "X" on the end of your Radeon's model number, you can rest assured it's the same card you saw before.

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    • Redocbew
    • 2 years ago

    Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational marketing department.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    X stands for:

    a. Exciting
    b. Extraordinary
    c. Exhilarating
    d. Exhausted
    e. Cheese

      • K-L-Waster
      • 2 years ago

      B + E == Extraordinarily Cheesy

      • Voldenuit
      • 2 years ago

      Also Xylophone. Snow Scouts would approve.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    I think AMD is pretty much sticking with the fundamental GCN GPU architecture forever.

      • EndlessWaves
      • 2 years ago

      Generations are typically considered to be 25-30 years.

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    They didn’t even do a [i<]tiny[/i<] clockspeed bump? Literally everything is the same. This is stupid, even from a rebrand standpoint.

      • cynan
      • 2 years ago

      They already did the clockspeed bump when going from the 480 to 580. Polaris is pushed to the max thermally, just like every top-range modern AMD gaming GPU these days. If Vega didn’t turn out to be such good miners, the HBM2 situation (it was not just crippled in supply, but also in performance – which explains part of Vega’s lackluster showing) would have screwed AMD over even more than it has (may have just about killed the RTG altogether by this point).

      Obviously in retrospect, horrible timing for AMD to take a risk on a proprietary memory architecture for Vega. But no one could have really predicted that memory would have been in such high demand to the point where even GDDR was hard to come by.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    If I had a dollar every time I see an ‘X’ there, er… I’ll have 10 bucks.

      • moose17145
      • 2 years ago

      What if these were all made by XFX?

      Then you could easily double your money!

        • Shobai
        • 2 years ago

        1 + 2 = 2?

        [Edit]

        No, but 2 + 2 = 4. My mistake

    • NTMBK
    • 2 years ago

    Rebrandeon

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 2 years ago

    Truly exciting.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      X-citing.

      FTFY.

        • PrincipalSkinner
        • 2 years ago

        Egg-scything.

          • The Egg
          • 2 years ago

          This Egg would use a scythe on the marketing dept.

            • CScottG
            • 2 years ago

            -get cracking on those yoke-L’s.

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    Not that Nvidia has a stellar track record on rebranding nonsense, but IIRC they have yet to do a totally over-the-top annoying rebrand of Pascal. I think the most annoying thing is the 3GB vs. 6GB GTX-1060.

    Of course, with Pascal+ launching later this year, they might be on the verge of pulling the trigger too.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      Pascal Plus?

      [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4uIoX9fKg4<]Did you know there's P.P. on your smock?[/url<]

      • raghu78
      • 2 years ago

      Nvidia and AMD are both guilty of misleading consumers with confusing product naming

      [url<]https://www.anandtech.com/show/12614/nvidia-quietly-rolls-out-slower-lower-tdp-geforce-gt-1030-with-ddr4-vram[/url<] [url<]https://www.anandtech.com/show/12122/amd-silently-lowers-radeon-rx-560-specifications[/url<]

        • nanoflower
        • 2 years ago

        Exactly what I was thinking of, raghu78. Nvidia is no shining image of how a company should handle rebranding.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      Jensen isn’t about to let let AMD get all the rebranding glory.

      • EndlessWaves
      • 2 years ago

      Max Q etc.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    January
    February
    March
    Rebranduary
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    Blackfridayber
    Outofstockuary

      • Wirko
      • 2 years ago

      And every day in Rebranduary is Rebranduary 1st.

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    The added X is good.
    But racing stripes on the reference boards would have really tied the whole launch together.

      • drfish
      • 2 years ago

      [url=https://morbotron.com/meme/S02E20/680482.jpg?b64lines=VEhFIFggTUFLRVMgSVQgU09VTkQgQ09PTC4=<]Obligatory Futurama[/url<].

      • Goty
      • 2 years ago

      They could have just dusted off the old batmobile cooler.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 2 years ago

      Don’t forget the RGB’s and flame decals!

        • K-L-Waster
        • 2 years ago

        Hubcap spinners on the cooler fans.

    • DancinJack
    • 2 years ago

    Did they at least pull down the power a bit? Or are these literally the exact same chips on the same node just with a different sticker?

      • Neutronbeam
      • 2 years ago

      Maaaaybe…who’s askin’?

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      Going by how Ryzen chips are labeled, perhaps these chips have XFR?

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      Whoa there fella, who said anything about new stickers?

      • Freon
      • 2 years ago

      Probably increased power, just like Zen2…

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    Great. I was hoping that smaller Vega was right around the corner. This kills that idea. Between this and recent reports of some Vega functionality missing from KL-G, it makes me wonder if there even is such a thing yet.

    caveat: not that it matters, miners, blah blah blah

    It also gives AMD a reason to charge more for chips to be able to benefit from the mining craze. No ill-will towards them here, because they’re the only ones that’s been missing out on that sweet crypto buxx resulting from amazing demand for their chips.

      • DancinJack
      • 2 years ago

      FWIW, I believe Intel contracted AMD specifically to design those chips for them. Kinda like MS and Sony for the consoles. I don’t think they’re just off-the-shelf chips in any way. Still unfortunate they aren’t fully featured, though.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        Right. Near as I can tell AMD designs modules that you can pull apart and put together like Lego. My (complete and total guess) supposition is that Intel picked an off-the-shelf HBM memory controller design and graphics core design and had AMD semi-custom make them into a chip that gets mounted on their package with the EMB.

        Some tech press has been calling it a “hybrid” but (again, pure speculation) I think that’s the wrong words.

      • Krogoth
      • 2 years ago

      HBM2 supply issues prevents AMD RTG from releasing lesser Vega SKUs and I doubt they will rework Vega for GDDR5 when Polaris can take that spot.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        But if AMD is just making building blocks (which all of their semi-custom designs seem to be), then my theory (which as I said before, total conjecture that so far nobody has refuted) is that it would be relatively easy to make a GDDR5 variant.

        But there’s no need to sell such a design when you can sell every piece of silicon you produce like AMD is with its GPUs right now. No reason to spin up production on the new when we can witness the (sales) power off this fully-amortized [s<]battle station[/s<] GPU design.

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      If you generally believe [url=https://fudzilla.com/news/graphics/46038-amd-navi-is-not-a-high-end-card<]the latest rumors about Navi (with the usual pound of salt)[/url<] then the likelihood of "small vega" being released as a normal consumer part seems pretty low.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        I had not seen that, but I guess it doesn’t surprise me that the big hoopla would have been much ado about nothing.

        • Waco
        • 2 years ago

        It’s too bad AMD can’t afford to cut down their chips for full width math without going bankrupt. A Vega without the computer heft could be quite a bit more power efficient (and larger in shader count).

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