AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series : Everything You Need To Know!


Exactly three months after AMD launched the AMD Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT graphics cards, they are now launching the Radeon RX 5500 Series of desktop and mobile graphics!

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)
Stream Processors 1408 1408
Game Clock 1717 MHz 1448 MHz
Boost Clock 1845 MHz 1645 MHz
TMUs 88 88
Max. Texture Rate 162.4 GT/s 144.8 GT/s
ROPs 48 48
Max. Pixel Rate 88.6 GP/s 79.0 GP/s
Memory Size 4 GB / 8 GB 4 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Bandwidth 224 GB/s 224 GB/s
PCIe Interface PCIe 4.0 x8 PCIe 4.0 x8
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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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