MSI showed off their new MECH 2 branded Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 during Computex 2018 a couple of months back now, and then a mysterious box turned up on my doorstep a few days ago. Upon opening it, I found two new MSI Radeon RX 500 series cards with MECH 2 branding on them - the first is the flagship RX 580, while the second card was its slightly less beefy sibling in the RX 570.
MECH 2 is part of the fall out from NVIDIA's now dead in the water GeForce Partner Program (GPP) which saw AIBs that were making Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards left in the cold without another card to release as NVIDIA ramped up towards the GeForce GTX 11 series unveiling.
So before we experience what should be a totally new class of enthusiast graphics cards from NVIDIA, MSI is refreshing its Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 cards with the new MECH 2 range. There are two NDAs on the MECH 2 cards, so today we can only talk about the cards and unbox them, while the full performance review has to wait until August 7.
That's good timing, as we've just completely revamped the GPU section of the site with a full re-build, re-configure, re-installation and a lot more. All of our cards have been re-tested with this new GPU test rig, and I've also added in a full test suite running AMD's new Ryzen 7 2700X. So on August 7 we will have a full review of the MSI Radeon RX 580/570 MECH 2 cards tested on both the Intel Core i7-8700K and the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processors.
As for pricing, MSI is expecting to price the Radeon RX 570 MECH 2 at around $300-$320 while the Radeon RX 580 MECH 2 will sell for around $350-$370.
Last updated: Sep 24, 2019 at 12:26 am CDT
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