AMD Announces Radeon RX 5500 and 5500M: Mainstream Navi

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AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 Series Targets 1080p Gaming

Today AMD has announced their next Navi GPU with the Radeon RX 5500, available in desktop and mobile variants and targeting the mainstream 1080p gaming segment. AMD states that the RX 5500 Series will be available from board partners as well as desktop and laptop OEMs.

“Top system providers worldwide are embracing the new products, with HP and Lenovo planning to offer Radeon RX 5500 graphics cards in their high-performance desktop gaming PCs beginning this November, and Acer planning to offer systems with the cards beginning this December. In addition, later this month MSI is expected to launch the world’s first gaming notebook powered by AMD Ryzen processors and RadeonTM RX 5500M GPUs.”

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The Radeon RX 5500 uses a 22 Compute Unit GPU for both desktop and mobile variants, offering 1408 Stream Processors and either 4GB or 8GB configurations of 128-bit GDDR6 memory. The desktop version offers clock speeds of 1717 MHz Game/1845 MHz Boost, with the mobile version nominally providing 1448 MHz Game/1645 MHz Boost. The RX 5500M will also be limited to 4GB GDDR6, and it’s worth noting that even the desktop 8GB variant will have retain the 128-bit interface.

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The Radeon RX 5500 is based on the same 7nm RDNA architecture as the RX 5700 series, providing up to 1.6x higher gaming performance-per-watt compared to current Radeon graphics cards with the previous Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture found in the RX 400/500 series (AMD’s comparisons were made using an RX 480).

“The AMD Radeon RX 5500 series was built from the ground up to deliver incredible 1080p gaming, high-fidelity visuals and ultra-responsive gameplay. Optimized to deliver incredible experiences on the hottest games, the Radeon RX 5500 graphics card provides up to 37 percent faster performance on average than the competitive product in select titles at 1080p. For mobile gaming, a laptop configured with the Radeon RX 5500M GPU provides up to 30 percent faster performance on average than the competition, and delivers up to 60+ FPS in select AAA titles and up to 90+ FPS in select eSports games.”

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AMD is including the new Radeon RX 5500 series in their current Radeon Raise the Game bundle, offering a choice between Borderlands 3 or Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint “with the purchase of eligible pre-configured desktop and notebook systems powered by Radeon RX 5500 and RX 5500M graphics”.

We await word of add-in partner cards using this new Radeon RX 5500 GPU, as AMD indicated to the media that there will be no reference design for this GPU.

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  1. AcidSnow

    Pricing is going to be an issue for these cards, as I’m seeing Vega 56’s on my local Craigslist fo for just $150, and they weren’t even used for mining!

  2. willmore

    So, I shouldn’t sell my RX580 just yet?

  3. arakisBunch

    i was hoping for a ‘nano’ version of the 5700x for a small itx build, and still am

    but this would probably be a great way to go if it can do 1440 solidly

  4. collie

    K, so to all the comenters, this is way bigger than you are giving it credit. It’s been 4 years since they’ve truly upgraded the low end, it’s been refresh-rename-rebrand for a while. New archatecture for the main stream is kinda a good thing….. execpt at this point 2019 i’m wondering if there is a mainstream videocard market left. In my world it’s high end pc or console with most people.

    So I kinda got of track there. I guess It’s complicated


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