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Polaris Evolved - AMD's Tease Before Vega Next Month

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Apr 18, 2017 1:00 pm

Performance Expected With Radeon RX 580


This is where AMD has an impressive refreshed card, with the Radeon RX 580 capable of hitting 1080p 60FPS+ in games like Battlefield 1, DOOM, Overwatch, and Resident Evil 7. This is beyond impressive for a card that is only built for the mid-range, with the price coming in at under $250.




AMD is promising some more fluid gameplay with RX 580 and Radeon Chill, thanks to fewer frames being queued to your display, you can reduce the response time of the frames being rendered by 64%, down to 6ms from 16.7ms.





Power consumption will also drop, from 126W to 91W on GPU power consumption. This is a big help for RX 580 owners on 1080p 60Hz monitors, as their card can be driving 150FPS+ and drawing all those additional watts, while Radeon Chill will give your GPU a break after 60FPS, consuming less power.




VR is something AMD has been pushing heavily throughout all of its Radeon Rebellion marketing, with games like SuperHot, Arizona Sunshine and Serious Sam VR all running at over 100FPS.


AMD compared the Radeon R9 380 against the new Radeon RX 580, which really suffered in Arizona Sunshine with 72FPS average compared to the 109FPS on RX 580. But in Serious Sam VR, the RX 580 is capable of a huge 130FPS compared to the 78FPS of the R9 380.



Performance Expected With Radeon RX 570


This is where I think AMD will be the most disruptive: Radeon RX 570.




AMD promises "maximum 1080p gaming" on the Radeon RX 570, with over 60FPS at 1080p in DOOM, Battlefield 1, Resident Evil 7, and Sniper Elite 4.




AMD is pushing the Radeon RX 570 as an upgrade to 1080p 60FPS+ for gamers on a graphics card that is a few years old.




Radeon RX 570 with adaptive rendering through Radeon Chill can have 43% less power consumption, down from 39W to 23W while the temperatures can drop from 60C, down to a chilly 40C.



Performance Expected With Radeon RX 560


We should expect GPU clocks of up to 1175/1275MHz on the lower-end Radeon RX 560, impressive for a card that is priced at under $150.




But we're still expecting 1080p 60FPS gameplay with DOOM, Battlefield 1, and Overwatch.




Radeon RX 560 is going to be a popular card for internet cafes and gamers who can't afford $150+ and now up to $1200 for a graphics card. So the news that we have 99% of frames rendered at less than 16.7ms response is great - with less than 5ms for League of Legends, and under 8ms for CS:GO - two of the biggest PC games.


Radeon Chill makes another appearance with the RX 560, with adaptive rendering at 60FPS+ and some impressive drops in response time, power and temps.




We have 43% quicker response time from 15ms to 9ms, while power consumption drops from the already low 58W to 42W, while the temps will drop from a definitely hot 78C to 69C. This is a big temperature change between the RX 570 and RX 560, from 60C max on the RX 570 to 78C max on the RX 560.


The Radeon Chill numbers are even crazier, as the RX 560 runs at a hot 69C with Radeon Chill enabled compared to the surely better cooler on the RX 570 and Radeon Chill enabled, which can drop the temps to just 40C, compared to 69C on RX 560.



Performance Expected With Radeon RX 550


The lowest-end Radeon RX 500 series graphics card is the RX 550, with only 8 compute units and just 2GB of GDDR5 on a lower-end 128-bit memory bus.




AMD nails some big points here with the RX 550, as 45% of gamers are using an older graphics card that costs less than $100, or integrated graphics. AMD wants to tap that market, in a big way.




We are still expecting 1080p 60FPS+ performance on the biggest PC games on the market in CS:GO, DOTA 2, Overwatch, and League of Legends. AMD is going to see immense numbers sold on RX 550 for this great price/performance on games that 100s of millions play.

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