Full Review Coming Soon
And there you have it... a brief tease and detailing of MSI's upcoming Radeon RX 580/570 MECH 2 graphics cards. The full review of these cards (we'll be doing both at the same time) on August 7, so be sure to check back then. I won't be telling you to expect anything radically different, as this is more of a refresh of MSI's own RX 580/570 that was in preparation for the GPP to take effect.
What we can expect is another line of Radeon RX 580/570 graphics cards from MSI in the same, and different markets. These cards aren't the usual balls-to-the-wall GAMING X branded cards from MSI, but another release of solid cards from MSI.
I think we're seeing a larger problem here for AIBs making Radeon graphics cards is that there is simply nothing new. NVIDIA is ready and growling with its purported GeForce GTX 1180 and GTX 1170 so it'll be a nice boost for MSI on their own with these new MECH 2 graphics cards to sell some Team Red cards to those looking for more budget/mid-range cards. Radeon RX Vega handles the higher-end market (well, not really high-end but GTX 1080 level) and there's nothing in between the RX 580 and Vega 56.
This gap isn't good for AMD as they don't have another Radeon graphics card coming until at least Computex 2019, so MSI is in a better position headed into the holidays with some massive games on the way including Battlefield V, Metro Exodus, Anthem that will see gamers wanting to upgrade. It might be from a GTX 960 or HD 7870 and into something new from AMD but with a budget of less than $300.
MSI's new Radeon RX 580 MECH 2 is positioned beautifully for that market. This doesn't need to be another high-end release from MSI, just a refresh to a very well-known line of cards from AMD just before the holidays and all of these new game releases. Think about how big Fortnite and PUBG are right now... tens of millions of gamers that don't necessarily need an RX Vega 64 or GTX 1080 Ti.
They're gaming on their 1080p 60-144Hz FreeSync display that they picked up much cheaper than the G-Sync alternative, so you don't really need a GTX 1080 Ti if you're playing games like Fortnite, PUBG or Overwatch. Hell, even Battlefield V will have no issues running at 1080p 60FPS on the MSI Radeon RX 580 MECH 2 at High detail. This is the huge market, so a card like this can do quite well.
Until then... our full review will arrive on August 7.
Last updated: Sep 24, 2019 at 12:26 am CDT
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