Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the AMD Radeon RX 5500 desktop graphics card, and the AMD Radeon RX 5500M mobile graphics!
AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series : The Official Tech Briefing
Let’s start with the official AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series tech briefing by Simon Ng, a Radeon Technologies Group Product Manager.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series : Q&A Session
For a more detailed discussion on the Radeon RX 5500 Series, you can tune into the Q&A session too :
AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series Summarised
AMD announced both the desktop and mobile versions of the Radeon RX 5500 Series – the Radeon RX 5500M for gaming laptops, and the Radeon RX 5500 discrete graphics for desktops.
They are both the same GPU, with 6.4 billion transistors fabricated on the 7 nm process technology. This Navi GPU has 22 Compute Units with 1408 stream processors and a 128-bit memory interface.
The only difference is when used in mobile applications, it will have lower clock speeds, and 4 GB of GDDR6 memory, with a nominal TGP of 85 watts.
When used in a desktop graphics card, it will have higher clock speeds with a total board power of 150 watts, and either 4 GB or 8 GB of GDDR6 memory.
Ultimately, they are both designed to deliver 1080p gaming at 60+ fps for AAA titles, and 90+ fps for esport games.
To reduce costs, AMD opted to use a PCI Express 4.0 x8 interface, instead of the PCIe 4.0 x16 interface. But if paired with a PCIe 4.0 chipset, it will deliver the same bandwidth as PCIe 3.0 x16.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series Specifications
|Specifications||Radeon RX 5500||Radeon RX 5500M|
|Transistors||6.4 billion||6.4 billion|
|Fab Process||7 nm||7 nm|
|Total Graphics Power||150 W||85 W (nominal)|
|Game Clock||1717 MHz||1448 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1845 MHz||1645 MHz|
|Max. Texture Rate||162.4 GT/s||144.8 GT/s|
|Max. Pixel Rate||88.6 GP/s||79.0 GP/s|
|Memory Size||4 GB / 8 GB||4 GB|
|Bandwidth||224 GB/s||224 GB/s|
|PCIe Interface||PCIe 4.0 x8||PCIe 4.0 x8|
AMD Radeon RX 5500 Performance Comparison
AMD shared these performance results, comparing the Radeon RX 5500 against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650.
Even in newer esports games, it is capable of delivering frame rates in excess of 90 fps.
AMD Radeon RX 5500M Performance Comparison
And here are the performance results of the Radeon RX 5500M against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile.
At 1080p, AMD claims it will deliver frame rates in excess of 60 fps for AAA titles, and over 90 fps for esports games.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series Price + Bundle
AMD is unable to reveal the MSRP for the standalone desktop graphics card – we will update this article when we get the details.
Both desktop and mobile variants are included in the latest AMD Radeon Raise The Game bundle programme.
That means every qualifying purchase of a standalone graphics card, or pre-configured desktop and laptops will come with a choice of either :
- Borderlands 3
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series Availability
At the moment, AMD is unable to give us an actual availability date, other than these rough dates :
- The MSI Alpha 15 laptop powered by the Radeon RX 5500M will launch later in October 2019.
- HP OMEN Obelisk, HP Pavilion Gaming, Lenovo Legion T530, Lenovo IdeaCentre T540 gaming desktops will be available beginning November 2019.
- Acer Nitro 50 gaming desktop will be available in December 2019.
- Standalone Radeon RX 5500 desktop graphics cards will be available sometime this quarter – Q4 2019.
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