AMD announces Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards based on Polaris architecture

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AMD today announced the Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards featuring higher clock speeds, and a refined 2nd generation Polaris architecture. Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards feature a variety of new technologies and features including DirectX 12 and Vulkan gaming, Radeon Chill, Radeon FreeSync 2 and more.

  • Optimized DirectX 12 and Vulkan gaming – It was specifically designed to perform exceptionally well with low-level, next-generation APIs like DirectX 12 and Vulkan and it supports asynchronous compute for outstanding game and VR experiences. Radeon RX 500 series GPUs have been further refined with higher clock speeds, improved idle and multi-monitor efficiency, and the fine-grained controls gamers need to fine-tune their hardware.
  • Improved response times, more efficiency, and cooler operation with Radeon Chill – Radeon Chill is an advanced framerate controller for the Radeon RX 500 series that works automatically in the background (when enabled) to dynamically regulate framerates 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 FreeSync 2 monitors harness low-latency, high-brightness pixels, excellent black levels and a wide color gamut to display high dynamic range (HDR) content, and feature Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) enabling stutter-free gaming when framerates dip below a monitor’s refresh rate, all in a completely plug-and-play experience that eliminates the need to tweak settings in software or on the monitor.
  • Awesome streaming, sharing, and gameplay capture with Radeon ReLive –  The Radeon ReLive software suite lets 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.

Radeon RX 500 series includes the following graphics cards to cater the needs of wide variety of gamers.

  • Radeon RX 580: For smooth 1440p gaming – The Radeon RX 580 delivers up to an average of 57% better performance compared to the Radeon R9 380X in testing, delivering smooth gaming in leading AAA games  and VR experiences for an SEP of US$229 for the Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR 5 graphics card, and an SEP of US$199 for the Radeon RX 580 4GB GDDR5 graphics card
  • Radeon RX 570: For maximum 1080p gaming – With 4GB of GDDR5 memory, the Radeon RX 570 boasts up to an average of 2.3X better performance compared to the Radeon R7 3709 for an SEP of US$169
  • Radeon RX 560: For efficient 1080p gaming – With 2GB of GDDR5 memory, the RadeonRX 560 delivers up to an average 57% higher performance of the Radeon R7 360 for a fluid and smooth gaming experience in the world’s most popular games at an SEP of US$99
  • Radeon RX 550: The doorway to PC gaming – Featuring 2GB GDDR5 memory, the RadeonRX 550 delivers up to an average 4X higher performance vs. competing integrated graphics, and up to an average of 1.7X the performance of the RadeonR7 250 at an SEP of US$79. The Radeon RX 550 is also ideal for home theater PCs with support for HDMI 4K60, 4K playback and HEVC content. It’s also HDR ready, supports Radeon FreeSync 2 technology for smooth, tear-free gaming, and ships in many low-profile designs ideal for small form factor cases

Radeon RX 580 and 570 graphics cards are available on sale today and RX 550 graphics card will be available by April 20th. Radeon RX 560 graphics cards will be available in May.