Some recent reports had hinted that AMD could announce new Radeon RX 500 series cards on April 11th. However, it now appears that the company might delay the announcement by a week in order to “fine-tune the drivers”. That means the launch date has been pushed back to April 18th.
The Radeon RX 500 series will basically be a minor refresh based on the Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 silicon. AMD’s popular Radeon RX 480 will be succeeded by the Radeon RX 580, while the RX 470 will be replaced by the RX 570. Since they are merely going to be straight rebrands, you shouldn’t expect them to be significantly faster than their Radeon RX 400 series counterparts. That said, they should be able to deliver marginally improved in-game performance thanks to higher clock speeds. The Radeon RX 500 series lineup will also include the RX 550 and RX 560 cards, which will be targeted at gamers on a budget. Enthusiasts will of course need to wait longer for AMD to introduce its ‘Vega’ based graphics cards, which will take on NVIDIA’s flagship Pascal cards.