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SAPPHIRE introduces new PULSE graphics card family

April 27, 2017


SAPPHIRE introduces new PULSE graphics card family

Superb value and quality for PC gamers in an all-new lineup


All SAPPHIRE Radeon RX cards

Key features:  

  • PULSE cards come with the performance parts you need for an excellent gaming experience at a price you can afford
  • RX 580: 1440p gaming @ 60 FPS, Dual-X cooling with Quick Connect feature for easy fan swap
  • RX 570: 1080p gaming @ 60 FPS, Dual-X cooling with Quick Connect feature for easy fan swap
  • RX 570 ITX: Gaming on small-form-factor PCs
  • All-new RX 550: Entry level powered by modern Polaris GPU
  • Strategic partnership with AS Rock 

SAPPHIRE Technology has announced a new family of products in its consumer graphics cards business - SAPPHIRE Pulse. Focusing on what matters most for PC gamers, Pulse is a combination of performance, durability and great value. Factory overclocked, efficient cooling and stylish design are the signature of this new series. Today’s announcement coincides with the launch of SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 550, a modern cost- and energy-efficient ITX card.

SAPPHIRE Pulse is all about providing PC users with choice and great value for money. Starting with the SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 580, this factory-overclocked model is dedicated to customers who seek a powerful, future-proof card that plays modern titles at maximum fidelity in 1440p @ 60 FPS. The card features a Polaris GPU with 2304 4th generation of Graphics Core Next stream processors, boost-clocked at 1366 MHz, and 8 GB of VRAM (also available in a 4GB version). The industry proven SAPPHIRE Dual-X system serves as the cooling solution, with dual ball-bearing fans and the SAPPHIRE Quick Connect feature for easy cleaning and replacement. 

For gamers on a slightly smaller budget, the SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 570 is the card to pick for smooth 1080p gaming in high details @ 60 FPS. This model is powered by 2048 GCN stream processors that run at a 1284 MHz boost clock. The card is cooled using the quiet Dual-X two-fan solution, with an easy fan swap Quick Connect system in place as well. 

The SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 570 also comes in the ITX format for users who want to power their HTPC or small-form-factor gaming PCs. Boost-clocked at 1244 MHz and using only a single 6-pin power connector as well as single fan for cooling, the SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 570 ITX is a showcase of Polaris’ power efficiency.

Lastly, debuting today is the SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 550 – a low-tier model perfect for online games like League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League or Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Based on a modern Polaris architecture and sporting 512 GCN stream processors boost-clocked at 1206 MHz, the RX 550 is up to 5x faster than an Intel Integrated Graphics (HD 530) and up to 2x faster than the previous generation Radeon R7 250 card. The modern GPU also means better support for the latest display and video technologies, such as DirectX 12, FreeSync or H.265 4K encoding. The card is available with 4 GB and 2 GB memory variants. With a TDP of only 75W, a single quiet fan is used for cooling.

Quality components & technology  

All SAPPHIRE Pulse graphics cards come equipped with a slew of modern technologies and durable components that ensure a long and stable life. Long-life capacitors and fuse protection are applied across the entire lineup. For improved semi-passive cooling, each card also supports SAPPHIRE Intelligent Fan Control III that will turn off fans completely at light load. 

In addition, the SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 580 and 570 cards also feature the latest SAPPHIRE Black Diamond Chokes 4 to minimize the coil whine. They also come with a solid and stylish aluminum backplate.      

Strategic partnership with ASRock 

PC gamers across the globe expect an optimal balance between performance and price when choosing their equipment. Both ASRock and SAPPHIRE have a proven track record in delivering award winning products that gamers’ truly need. 

“Our mission is to provide an outstanding user experience to all of our customers,” said Adrian Thompson, VP Global Marketing, SAPPHIRE. “This partnership with our colleagues at AS Rock will strengthen our ability to deliver the fast and exciting products our customers deserve.” 

To strengthen the demand for our superb product portfolios, ASRock and SAPPHIRE are announcing a strategic technology partnership that will focus on the performance and features that gamers deserve. Both companies will work together to launch cutting edge motherboard, CPU, and VGA card configurations that respond to market demand, whilst at the same time delivering superb price/ performance value.  

“ASRock is focused on delivering innovatively designed motherboards with extreme performance to our customers,” said James Lee, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Division, ASRock.”Our partnership with SAPPHIRE will offer customers a convenient solution to increase the PC’s performance.”  


SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon™ RX 580

SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon™ RX 570

Manufacturing process

FinFET 14 nm

FinFET 14 nm


8 GB / 4GB GDDR5 256-bit

4GB GDDR5 256-bit

Stream processors



Compute units



Engine clock

Up to 1366 MHz

Up to 1284 MHz

Memory clock

Up to 2000 MHz 8GB/1750 MHz 4GB

Up to 1750 MHz

Cooling system

Dual-X, two 95 mm dual-ball bearing fans

Dual-X, two 95 mm fans


HDMI™ 4K60
2x DisplayPort 1.4

HDMI™ 4K60
2x DisplayPort 1.4

Special features

SAPPHIRE Quick Connect,
Intelligent Fan Control III,
SAPPHIRE Black Diamond Chokes 4,
Fuse protection
Long-life capacitors,
Aluminum backplate

SAPPHIRE Quick Connect,
Intelligent Fan Control III,
SAPPHIRE Black Diamond Chokes 4,
Fuse protection
Long-life capacitors,
Aluminum backplate


DirectX 12, Vulkan 1.0, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 2.0, AMD FreeSync, AMD CrossFire XDMA (bridgeless), AMD Eyefinity, AMD LiquidVR

DirectX 12, Vulkan 1.0, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 2.0, AMD FreeSync, AMD CrossFire XDMA (bridgeless), AMD Eyefinity, AMD LiquidVR

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