AMD is giving final touches to the new Radeon RX 500X-series graphics cards. Product page placeholders for RX 580X, RX 570X, RX 560X, and RX 550X surfaced on AMD website. The specifications tabs on these pages are blank, so there’s no official information on what the “X” denotes. It’s curious to see AMD give the extension to even lower-end SKUs such as the RX 560 and RX 550.
The company has, in the past, come up with extensions such as “D” to denote OEM-specific SKUs with different specifications than the retail-channel (AIB) products. Going by the convention of “X” denoting higher performance on certain AMD Ryzen processor SKUs, the RX 500X series could have one of several improvements – a new silicon fabrication process facilitating a clock-speed bump, or faster memory, or even some speed boosting feature similar to Ryzen XFR (extended frequency range). We’ll know soon enough.