AMD Radeon RX 500 vs RX 400 graphics cards – South African pricing

AMD has launched its Radeon RX 500-series graphics cards, refreshing its Polaris GPU line-up.

The cards are aimed at the market segment occupied by AMD’s Radeon RX 400-series graphics cards.

AMD’s new generation of mid-range cards are built on the same architecture and 14nm manufacturing process as the RX 400 series, which have been out for less than a year.

We compared the specifications, performance, and South African pricing of the two graphics card line-ups, below.

Specifications and Pricing

Cores Base Clock Boost Clock Memory Bandwidth TDP Price
Radeon RX 500 Series
RX 580 2,304 1,257MHz 1,340MHz 8GB GDDR5 256GB/s 185W R4,389
RX 570 2,048 1,168MHz 1,244MHz 4GB GDDR5 224GB/s 150W R3,203
RX 560 1,024 1,175MHz 1,275MHz 2GB/4GB GDDR5 112GB/s 80W $99
RX 550 640 1,287MHz 2GB/4GB GDDR5 112GB/s 50W $79
Radeon RX 400 Series
RX 480 2,304 1,120MHz 1,266MHz 4GB/8GB GDDR5 256GB/s 150W R4,389
RX 470 2,048 926MHz 1,206MHz 4GB/8GB GDDR5 211GB/s 120W R3,393
RX 460 896 1,090MHz 1,200MHz 2GB/4GB GDDR5 112GB/s 75W R2,254


We used information from AnandTech’s benchmark database to compare the performance and value of the two graphics card ranges.

Benchmark data for the RX 560 and RX 550 were not available at the time of writing, and the comparison focuses on the two higher-end cards from each generation.

Average FPS was calculated using benchmark data from eight modern games running at a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080.

The price was divided by the average frames per second to output a price-per-FPS value score – with a lower number indicating better value for money.

Graphics card pricing was sourced from Rebel Tech.

Average FPS Price Price-per-FPS (Lower is better)
RX 580 66.5 R4,389 66
RX 570 60.1 R3,203 53
RX 480 64.5 R4,389 68
RX 470 57.3 R3,393 59

From the benchmark data, it is apparent that AMD’s Radeon RX 500-series graphics cards offer better performance at the same price when compared to the previous-generation cards.

The pricing and performance comparison makes it difficult to justify buying a Radeon RX 400-series card in South Africa, unless the price begins to fall.

The Radeon RX 460 continues to be a good-value low-end GPU, but it is set to be outshined by the imminent launch of the Radeon RX 560 and RX 550.

Now read: AMD Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 – South African pricing

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