AMD Cards Designed for Upgraders

By Bob Raikes
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AMD has introduced the Radeon RX 500 series of graphics cards with improved game performance, higher clock speeds and a second generation Polaris architecture. The cards are aimed at upgraders. Features include:

  • Optimized DirectX 12 and Vulkan gaming – AMD said the Polaris architecture was specifically designed to perform exceptionally well with low-level, next-generation APIs like DirectX 12 and Vulkan and it supports asynchronous compute for improved game and VR experiences.
  • Improved response times, more efficiency, and cooler operation with Radeon Chill – Radeon Chill is an advanced frame rate controller for the new series that works automatically in the background (when enabled) to dynamically regulate frame rates in today’s most popular games based on the speed of mouse movements and the gamer’s activity in a scene.
  • Smooth, stutter-free gaming with Radeon FreeSync
  • Radeon ReLive for streaming – The Radeon ReLive software suite is intended to let gamers enjoy smooth gaming and recording simultaneously, even on entry-level systems, with support for recording at 4K resolution at 30 and 60 FPS using HEVC and H.264 codecs. ReLive also integrates with the most popular game streaming platforms.

There are four models in the series.

  • Radeon RX 580: For smooth 1440p gaming $229 for the 8GB GDDR 5 card, and $199 for the 4GB GDDR5 version
  • Radeon RX 570: For maximum 1080p gaming – $169 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
  • Radeon RX 560: For efficient 1080p gaming – $99 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory
  • Radeon RX 550: The doorway to PC gaming – $79 with 2GB GDDR5 memory. The RX 550 is claimed to deliver up to an average of 4X higher performance vs. competing integrated graphics. It supports for HDMI 4KP60 playback and HEVC content. It’s also HDR ready, supports Radeon FreeSync 2 technology for smooth, tear-free gaming, and is available in low-profile designs for small form factor cases

The cards are available from now.

Asus has this ROG Strix RX580 card