AMD’s GPU offerings
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) plans to launch three series of Ryzen CPUs[1. central processing units] throughout 2017 to regain some market share from Intel (INTC) in the high-end CPU space. The key factor that would drive AMD’s CG (Computing and Graphics) segment’s growth in 2017 is the company’s GPU[2. graphics processing units] product line.
Advanced Micro Devices initiated its 2017 GPU product launches with Radeon RX 580 and 570, which are based on Polaris architecture. The company also plans to launch its next-generation Vega GPUs by the end of 2Q17.
AMD Radeon RX 500 series
On April 18, 2017, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) launched Radeon RX 580 and RX 570, the refreshed versions of its Polaris-based RX 480 and 470 GPUs. The new GPUs compete with Nvidia’s (NVDA) GeForce GTX 1070 and 1060.
With the Polaris upgrades, AMD is targeting gamers who have not upgraded their GPUs in the past two years. The RX 500 series would provide support for DirectX 12 and Vulkan, which are its virtual reality and new game development standards.
Radeon RX 580 features
AMD’s Radeon RX 580 would feature 2,304 stream processors and 144 texture units, and it would have a boost clock speed of 1,340 MHz (megahertz) and a base clock speed of 1,257 MHz. The RX 580 can deliver ~6.2 TFLOPs (tera floating point operations per second) of computing performance, which is higher than the RX 480’s 5.8 TFLOPs.
Like the RX 480, the RX 580 is available in two GDDR5[2. double data rate type five synchronous graphics] memory variants. The 4 GB (gigabyte) variant is priced at $199, and the 8 GB variant is priced at $229. Its memory speed is 8.0 GHz, and its 256-gigabit bandwidth is similar to the Radeon RX 480.
Radeon RX 570 features
AMD’s Radeon RX 570 is expected to feature 2,048 stream processors and 128 texture units, and it would have a boost clock speed of 1,244 MHz and a base clock speed of 1,168 MHz. The RX 570 is available in 4 GB and 8 GB GDDR5 variants and should be priced at $169.
The Radeon RX 570’s memory speed is 7.0 GHz, and its 224-gigabit bandwidth is higher than Radeon RX 470’s 6.6 GHz and 211-gigabit bandwidth.
RX 560 and RX 550
Later in 2017, AMD expects to launch its low-end Radeon RX 560 and RX 550 GPUs, which are upgraded versions of the RX 460 and RX 450 GPUs. The RX 560 would feature a 4 GB GDDR5 on a 128-bit bus, and its price would start from $99. The RX 550 would feature a 2 GB GDDR5 on a 128-bit bus, and its price would start from $79.
These upgrades may not bring any remarkable growth in revenues. The true game-changer would be AMD’s highly anticipated Vega GPU, which we’ll discuss in the next part.