AMD Radeon RX 500X Series

Seems it’s official, the new AMD Radeon RX 500 are listed on AMD’s website if you inspect the source code you see it lists the new series. The announcement page is still empty and acts like a placeholder.

Radeon RX 500X Series Source Code
Searching AMD’s website with e.g. ‘500’ or other 5xx tags reveals that AMD is preparing the launch.

500 models

The following models are ‘listed’ which confirms TweakTown’s statement. Back in September 2017, AMD announced that it would introduce a graphics refresh this year (2018) based on Globalfoundries’ 12nm Leading Performance manufacturing process technology and the Vega architecture.

My best guess is that there will be two different 560X versions, perhaps one with 4GB of GDDR5 memory and another with 2GB of GDDR5 memory (?). The compute unit (CU) count could also differ between the two. The first generation Radeon RX 560 with 16 CUs (1,024 stream processors), AMD later quietly introduced a version with 14 CUs (896 stream processors).

However, these links or placeholders aren’t a guarantee and we need to see what AMD will really offer at the end. Because the links also work if you put nVidia in it.

What does the X mean?

Obviously, the AMD Radeon RX 500X Series are new upcoming cards, but there are a lot of rumors about what could that ‘X’ suffix mean? Back in September 2013 AMD set up a new nomenclature, or naming scheme, for its graphics cards.

AMD’s new guidelines indicated that the X suffix would be available to signify an XT or Pro card (compared from the GPU history). We can be reasonably certain that these new ‘X’ cards will deliver higher performance. The ‘X’ suffix simply could mean other things too.

Final Words

AMD definitely list something but everything else needs time in order to get more details which can be confirmed or denied.



Radeon RX 500X Series
AMD’s Radeon RX 500X and RX 500. Picture Source: AMD 


The 500-series are coming and confirmed by AMD, the cards are not meant for the Retail Market, there for the OEM market only.

The Radeon RX 580X, RX 570X, RX 560X, RX 550X and RX 540X are 1:1 copies of the Desktop series. AMD’s Radeon RX 550X is the only exclusion here, the current desktop model has 512 Shader, while there will be another version with 640 Shader. Until now the Radeon RX 560(X) was the only model in two versions available, which has changed now.

Acer and HP Notebook’s are the first OEM’s which announced the ‘new’ graphics cards.