AMD seems to be out of tricks when it comes to the Radeon division of the company. The RX 500 series of graphics cards was a rebrand of the Polaris based RX 400 range. And now AMD has come up with yet another rebrand, and this time it’s dubbed as the RX 500X series.
AMD Radeon RX 500X: X stands for eXcessive?
Wait for it…The icing on the cake is that there is no difference between an RX 500 card and an RX 500X one, none, nada, nope, nothing. So then why bother? As per an AMD Radeon spokesperson:
The Radeon RX 500X series graphics cards is a brand refresh for 2018 OEM platforms that ensures Radeon RX 500 series cards are using the latest ‘Polaris’ architecture-based hardware and driver revisions (Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition) for 2018
I call BS. It just for marketing. Seriously though, it has been a long while since AMD came up with a decent GPU architecture. Now, I’m a longtime NVIDIA user, and I really don’t want what happened to the CPU market in the last decade to repeat with the graphics card space.
For NVIDIA on the other hand, for both their GeForce and Quadro lineups, along with all the other major platforms, all recent generations, 900 and 10 series were brand new architectures. Turing or Ampere is expected to launch in a while, less than half a year, give or take. And here AMD is with another rebrand of Polaris with the Radeon RX 500X series.
The Radeon RX 500X graphics cards will only be available OEMs (laptop manufacturers) and in pre-built desktops, so yeah in case you were looking to upgrade, you can’t buy a new one for your rig.
We’ve already covered that Vega 7nm is not coming for gamers, and it’ll be a while till Navi is unveiled. So buckle up people, NVIDIA is expected to dominate the graphics card market for another year at the very least.