Rumour has it that Radeon will be launching its RX 500 series graphics cards in April. The rumour, which came from folks at heise.de, mentioned that there will be two launch dates, each targeted at different market segments. Interestingly, Radeon may be launching up to four graphics cards next month.
Radeon graphics cards that are rumoured to be launched initially on 4 April 2017 are the RX 580 and RX 570; both of which are targeted at the mainstream PC gaming market. These cards are said to be equipped with a slightly improved Polaris 10 GPU, which may come with improved boost clock speeds and FP32 (single precision floating-point) performance. Basically, the RX 580 and RX 570 are (better) rebrands of the older RX 480 and RX 470 respectively.
The second launch date, 11 April 2017, will see two new low-end Radeon graphics cards being launched: Radeon RX 560 and RX 550. The RX 560 graphics card is, of course, a rebrand of the RX 460 graphics card. That said, it may come with a tweaked Polaris 11 GPU. Oddly, it looks like Radeon is also rumoured introduce another GPU called Polaris 12 (low-end), which may be used to power the RX 550.
As expected, Radeon’s RX 500 series graphics cards will not be based off of the company’s new Vega GPU architecture. For those waiting for Vega-based graphics cards, you’ll just have to wait a little longer.