Radeon RX 580 with 16GB memory
In the latest episode of crazy graphics cards from China, we have a unique 16GB variant of the Radeon RX 580 by a company named Kinology. It’s important to clarify that Kinology is not an officially recognized AMD board partner; rather, it seems to be a label under which repackaged OEM designs are being presented in a random box. Furthermore, there’s a possibility that some of these graphics cards were previously employed for cryptocurrency mining, a practice that can adversely affect the onboard memory, and also a good reason to replace it.
One interesting twist is the modification undertaken on these cards as the standard 8GB memory configuration has been upgraded to a 16GB, a configuration that was previously unseen on this particular model. Such capacity was only seen on Instinct MI6 powered by the same GPU.
Surprisingly, such modifications might not necessitate specialized drivers. A glimpse at the attached screenshots reveals that the card is operating with the 23.5.2 driver, which is WHQL signed, indicating full compatibility with official driver branch. Performance benchmarks provided by the company illustrate that, despite the modifications, the card still falls short in comparison to the GTX 1060 6GB in Ludashi (LDS), a widely used GPU benchmark in China.
This customized GPU is based on the RX 580, utilizing the Polaris/Ellesmere GPU architecture. To be exact, it features a variant with 2048 Stream Processors, a version that emerged later and gained notable attention within China’s market.
To make things even more interesting, the price of 599 RMB ($83) seems to be a placeholder. Nonetheless, it’s always fascinating to witness the creative innovations arising from these lesser-known companies.