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)|
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.