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Sapphire Releases a RX 550 with Extra Horsepower

Hot on the heels of the RX560 LITE launch, Sapphire also snuck a slightly upgraded RX550 on to their product stack, based on “Polaris 21” silicon, rather than the Polaris 20 silicon, that the RX 550 is normally built on.  The Pulse Radeon RX 550 2GD5/4GD5 (model: 11268-16 for 2 GB and 11268-15 for 4 GB) has 10 out of 16 compute units physically present on the chip, which translates to 640 stream processors, higher than the 512 stream processors the RX 550 is originally designed to have. The card is running the core at a 1071 MHz core clock …
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SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 570 ITX launched

AMD has refreshed their GPU lineup with the Radeon RX 500-series, consisting mainly of clockspeed bumps (and attendant power consumption increases unfortunately) but one nice surprise is the appearance of a short RX 570 card in the form of the SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 570 ITX. This is a welcome development for Polaris for SFF builds, since neither the RX 470 or RX 480s were available in a SFF-friendly form factor from any of the AIBs despite the small size of the reference RX 470 PCB. Specs are standard for a RX 570: 4GB of 7Gb/s GDDR5, boost clock of 1244MHz, …
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AMD Drops the MSRP of RX 470 and RX 460

After the recent launch of NVIDIA’s GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti cards, AMD has fired back. Not with new cards (although that may be coming too…), but with a couple of price cuts on their RX 470 and RX 460 product lines. In addition to this, AMD has been sending out media packs showing what they say makes its GPUs better choices than NVIDIA’s. Pricing of the Radeon RX 470 4 GB is cut down to US$159.99, from its US$169.99 launch price. This puts the 470 just US$20 above the GTX 1050 Ti. AMD claims that for US$20 more than the GTX …
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Sapphire Sneaks in a Polaris Based Radeon Pro

With the launch a short time ago of the Radeon Pro line of GPUs, we’ve been patiently waiting for the launch of actual, physical products based on the line. Today we noticed that Sapphire had an interesting product sneakily added to their website, the Sapphire GPRO 8200. With specs somewhere in between the Radeon Pro WX7100 and WX5100, I believe this card is closer to the WX7100 GPU, a Polaris 10 product line, marking the first time we’ve seen a Radeon Pro card since the paper launch. Alas, AMD’s (amazing) YInMn blue does not make an appearance here, which is a …
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AMD Announces the Radeon RX 480: 5 TFLOPS and 4GB for $199

AMD’s event may have been thin on details for some of their upcoming technologies (as the author gives some longing side-eye to Zen), but there was at least one segment that had some tangible information, and some welcome brashness and boldness to boot: the announcement of the Radeon RX 480, a graphics card set to launch on June 29th that utilizes the first Polaris-based high-performance GPU. Throughout AMD’s Computex presentation, the various speakers seemed to endlessly repeat the value proposition AMD’s various CPU and GPU technologies meant to the lower price segments of the graphics and portable industries – segments, they’d mention, that are …
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Low Volume #8: Render

Navigate to lowvolu.me to listen, or download the podcast here! Today’s hosts: the full cast! James Schell (Aibohphobia), Jay Mattison (Tek Everything), John Morrison (confusis) and Joshua Ramirez (PlayfulPhoenix). 1:01: The winner of the very first SFF Build Challenge is… Joshua’s Hitachi “Deathstar” build! Well played, well played. 5:07: One of our longest podcasts yet, and almost all of it went into discussing the maelstrom of speculation, events, and developments surrounding NVIDIA’s hotly-anticipated release of the GTX 1070 and 1080, the first Pascal GPUs to arrive on the consumer market. Joshua wrote on the deluge of rumors and leaked info just before NVIDIA’s Pascal …