Radeon RX 5500 introduced: Navi involves the mainstream


AMD introduced the RX 5500 at the moment, increasing the Navi household to a brand new line of mainstream graphics playing cards. The new sequence consists of each desktop and cell type components and may supply comparable efficiency to the RX 590, however there’s nonetheless rather a lot we do not find out about these new graphics playing cards on the eve of their launch.

Most critically, full pricing and availability data hasn’t but been launched, making it exhausting to guage how a lot worth these playing cards present forward of our full assessment. AMD’s informational supplies recommend the cardboard is focused to beat the (underwhelming) GTX 1650, so we anticipate the costs for entry-level fashions to begin at round £140/$150. There’s no reference card from AMD this time, so anticipate customized designs from long-time AMD companions like Asus, Sapphire and XFX.

Expect most RX 5500 playing cards to be dual-slot designs with HDMI and DisplayPort, utilizing six or eight-pin energy inputs.

AMD has additionally declined to supply a agency launch date for standalone graphics playing cards, merely stating that availability is “This autumn 2019”, aka a while between at the moment and the top of the yr. However, RX 5500 playing cards will likely be obtainable in prebuilt desktops and laptops from Acer, HP and Lenovo ranging from November and December.

Performance knowledge is skinny on the bottom too, with AMD quoting the brand new chip as being 12 per cent sooner than the RX 480 on common whereas drawing 30 per cent much less energy. In phrases of precise efficiency in particular video games, AMD’s supplies embody only some 1080p comparisons between the RX 5500, the a lot older RX 480 and the GTX 1650.

For instance, the brand new card is 16 per cent sooner than the RX 480 in Gears 5, 13 per cent sooner in Borderlands 3 and 11 per cent sooner in Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Compared to the GTX 1650, there is a a lot wider gulf: the RX 5500 is 31 per cent to the higher in Gears, 21 per cent stronger in Borderlands and 13 per cent sooner in Ghost Recon. These outcomes are promising, notably if the RX 5500 does retail for a similar worth because the GTX 1650, however we’ll have to run the RX 5500 by means of our full gamut of sport benchmarks to learn the way good this card actually is.


In the meantime, we do not less than have an affordable understanding of how the RX 5500 compares to the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT by way of the specs. Unsurprisingly, each Navi playing cards use the identical RDNA micro-architecture and 7nm manufacturing course of, however the RX 5500 comes with simply over half of the compute items of the mid-range card.

The reminiscence interface has additionally been “tuned” for 1080p gaming, constricting from 256-bit to 128-bit. Despite this, efficient reminiscence bandwidth for the RX 5500 stays at 14Gbps, the identical because the RX 5700, and each 4GB and 8GB fashions can be found with GDDR6 on board. The desktop model of the RX 5500 additionally consumes a good quantity of energy, with AMD quoting a 150W TDP in comparison with the 180W of the RX 5700.

Connectivity is one other focal point, with the instance card pictured sporting a single HDMI and three DisplayPorts. That could possibly be a headache for homeowners of entry-level 1080p 144Hz displays, which typically require DVI-D to operate at their quoted refresh charge.

RX 5500MRX 5500RX 5700RX 5700 XT
Compute Units22223640
Stream Processors1408140823042560
Game Clock1448MHz1717MHz1625MHz1755MHz
Boost Clock1645MHz1845MHz1725MHz1905MHz
Memory interface128-bit128-bit256-bit256-bit

The cell model of the RX 5500 can be intriguing, with AMD quoting as much as a 30 per cent efficiency benefit over the GTX 1650 Mobile in Battlefield 5, a title that usually favours Radeon playing cards. In extra balanced titles, like Borderlands 3, Civilization VI and PUBG, the RX 5500M benefit ranges from eight to 20 per cent.

The first RX 5000 sequence laptop computer is the MSI Alpha 15, and it is a full AMD construct with a Ryzen 3750H processor on board and 1080p 144Hz IPS show. The Alpha 15 ships on the finish of this month, however no pricing has been introduced as of but. Nvidia has been dominant within the discrete cell GPU marketplace for years, so a robust AMD possibility can be a welcome change.


Whether you are on a full-fat desktop chip or the cell model, AMD has included its full raft of Navi-era options like Radeon Image Sharpening and Radeon Anti-Lag. The latter could possibly be a very good inclusion for laptops, the place pairings of high-end processors and entry-level graphics playing cards are widespread, as this could produce the type of GPU-limited situation the place the Anti-Lag function is best.

Finally, AMD has introduced that its Raise The Game promotion will embody the RX 5500 sequence. The promotion presents both Ghost Recon Breakpoint or Borderlands 3 without spending a dime with purchases of programs with RX 5500 or RX 5500M graphics playing cards; standalone graphics playing cards aren’t included.

We will replace with pricing and availability data because it turns into obtainable, with efficiency testing and a full assessment to observe as soon as we’ve got a pattern in hand. If there are any questions you would like us to reply in that piece, tell us within the feedback under and we might take into account your suggestion.


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