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We'll take the Red Devil RX 580 Golden Sample video card through the paces and see how it compares to the competition at the same price point. Both Anandtech and Hot Hardware included the RX 570 in their reviews, and it broadly shows the same pattern as the RX 580 - which is to say, performance is improved by ~12 percent, the GPUs are quieter (thanks to improved cooling solutions relative to AMD's reference designs on the RX 470 / RX 480), and they throttle much less. The RX 570 is aimed at those gaming at 1080p, where it is claimed to be 2.3 times faster than the R7 370.

The new AMD Radeon RX 580 will now run at a base/boost clock of 1257MHz/1340MHz. Memory is the same 4/8GB 8Gbps GDDR5 configuration with 256-bit memory bus width.

Asus specs the ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 TOP card for up to 1431 MHz core clock while in OC mode, and 1411 MHz in Gaming mode. The 8GB variant of the RX 580 will be priced at $230. The RX 480 only made its debut in June of 2016, but the Radeons are moving up the flagpole, and we have an Asus Strix RX 570 in our hands, with the test results to prove it. Although it is very similar to the Polaris 10 used on the RX 480, AMD tells us this is actually a new GPU that has been tweaked to achieve higher clocks.

The RX 560 and RX 570 are both iterative improvements of the RX 460 and RX 470 GPUs AMD launched almost a year ago. The official pricing is as such: Radeon RX 580 will be $229 with 8GB and $199 with 4GB, Radeon RX 570 will be $169 with 4GB, Radeon RX 560 will be starting at $99 with 2GB, and Radeon RX 550 will be starting at $79 with 2GB. This provides options for users who seek either maximum power efficiency or more overclocking potential. As per reports, the RX Vega GPU graphics card will be more powerful than last year's released AMD's RX series cards that were based on Polaris architecture coupled with its LiquidVR technology. This should give it a decent boost compared to the Radeon RX 460. The Limited Edition goes even higher, up to 1450MHz boost clock.

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The Radeon RX 550 is based on a completely new GPU, the Polaris 12. But the allure of the RX 500 series is no shinier than the RX400's, so I'm not sure why AMD expects people to suddenly see the light - unless it's counting on its 2017 FOMO marketing tactics. In essence this is what AMD is delivering today, but there have been silicon changes that should improve GPU clock frequencies, and thus performance, and some changes in power draw.

The new products are available this week except for the RX 560, which will be available in early May.

We've got the two premium cards in the lineup on hand for testing: the Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570. It's also expected to be faster than the NVIDIA GTX 970 as well. The video showcases how the high-end graphics card would look like upon release.

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