NEW RADEON GPU ANNOUNCED

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Radeon RX 5500 pushes Navi to the mainstream

With this announcement the Navi family has gained a brand new line of mainstream cards. The new GPU series has both a desktop and mobile form-factor version giving the persormance of a RX 590. 

AMD have suggested that these new cards are targeted to beat the GTX 1650 and with a price around the £140-150 mark. With no reference card we expect there to be custom designs from AMDs long-time parteners such as Asus, Sapphire and XFX among others. 

There is not as much inofrmation out there as we would like, mostly due to the tight grip AMD have over this release. There is no firm release date, just AMD stating that the standalone crads will be available in “Q4 of 2019” meaning some time between now and December. They have however said that the cards will be available in pre-built systems from Acer, HP and Lenovo starting in November/December.

The performance stats are also quite scarce, with AMD only quoted as saying “The new chip will be 12 percent faster than the RX 480” (on average) while drawing only 70 percent of the power. Some AMD materials show a comparrison between the RX 5500, RX 480 and the GTX 1650 in gameplay running at 1080p. 

 

We have a reasonably good comparrison between the new RX 5500 and the RX 5700 along with the XT variant in terms of the hardware. Both these cards use RDNA micro-architecture and a 7nm manufacturing process, and more than half of the computing units of the RX 5700 XT. 

Memory has also been upgraded for gaming at 1080p with 256-bit to 128-bit, although still only having a 14Gbps memory bandwidth, with both 4GB and 6GB cards available with GDDR6 memory. The power consumption is at a reasonable 150W TDP which is lower than the 180W consumption of the RX 5700. 

The ports that this card will have to connect to a display device are (on the example card – so not yet confirmed);

  • a single HDMI port
  • and 3 DisplayPorts

This connectivity may come as a suprise to some owners of 144Hz monitors who need DVI-D connectors for their refresh rates to function as advertised. 

  RX 5500M RX 5500 RX 5700 RX 5700 XT
Compute Units 22 22 36 40
Stream Processors 1408 1408 2304 2560
TFLOPs 4.6 5.2 7.95 9.75
Game Clock 1448MHz 1717MHz 1625MHz 1755MHz
Boost Clock 1645MHz 1845MHz 1725MHz 1905MHz
Memory 4GB GDDR6 4GB/8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
Memory interface 128-bit 128-bit 256-bit 256-bit
TDP 85W 150W 180W 225W
RRP n/a ??? $349 $399

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