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Radeon RX 500 series now supported in AMD drivers, will be a Polaris refresh

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been hearing increasing rumours surrounding AMD’s plans for the RX 500 series. Right now, the current rumour is that these new GPUs will launch in April as a Polaris refresh and now, that scenario looks very likely as this week, AMD added driver support for the RX 580, RX 570 and RX560.

Signs of the RX 500 series being a Polaris refresh first appeared last year, when a report claimed AMD had figured out a way to increase the performance per watt of the architecture. Following that, references to Polaris XT2 and Polaris 12 were spotted in drivers.

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Now, in the latest Crimson Relive 17.3.2 Beta driver, which brings optimisations for Mass Effect Andromeda, there is added support for the RX 580, RX 570 and RX560 GPUs, indicating that these cards are on the way, as noted by previous reports. Aside from that, we can see from the device IDs that the RX 580 and 570 belong to the same device tree as the RX 480 and 470. The same can be said for the RX 460/560, essentially confirming the Polaris refresh.

KitGuru Says: Hopefully the launch of AMD’s RX 500 series lineup will be followed closely by the RX Vega. After all, it has been quite some time since AMD last released a high-end GPU. 

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  • Ruben HD Hanssen

    “…brings optimisations for Mass Effect Andromeda…” what does it fix the janky animations?

  • Oh fuck sake AMD nobody wants Polaris we want Vega already!!! Polaris was a huge letdown and only competes with the low end of nVidia… just like the 300 series was rebranded 200 series of which was rebranded 8000 series, itself being a rebrand of the 7000 series. Polaris is just a 16nm rebrand of those. Come on AMD something new and big please!!!

  • And no Fury X “Titan Killer” which was somewhere midway between the 980 and 980Ti, only coming closer in DX12 and other low level APIs, we want something that outright smashes nVidias offerings..

    4096 Cores and 8GB HBM2 looks very interesting i must admit. Though if polaris is anything to go by itll be an 8GB Fury X with higher clocks. I just hope it wont be that and i hope it will impress…

  • Notea Khawlhring

    well, Vega is coming, its not a refresh and should be on par with the 1080/1080Ti

  • Yeah but theyre reportedly releasing another set of polaris refresh gpus, theyve barely been out a year. May aswell release the Ryzen 7 2800X already with 50 or 100 mhz increase over 1800X and no difference at all otherwise :/ thats all it will be just rx480 slightly higher clocked :/ we want vega already not more polaris rubbish