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AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 is its new entry-level competitor to Nvidia’s GTX 1650

AMD has introduced its second sequence of GPUs primarily based on its new 7nm RDNA structure: the Radeon RX 5500 sequence. While the corporate says the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT had been geared toward operating video games at 1440p decision and excessive body charges to compete with Nvidia’s midrange RTX Super playing cards, its newest GPUs have extra modest specs and intention to supply respectable efficiency at a decision of 1080p.

AMD is producing two variations of the brand new GPU. The RX 5500 is for desktop machines, whereas the RX 5500M is for laptops. The firm boasts that the playing cards ought to supply higher efficiency than Nvidia’s GTX 1650 and GTX 1650 Mobile GPUs respectively, which ought to let you know roughly the place AMD is aiming with this new sequence. Unfortunately, AMD didn’t supply any pricing or actual launch date particulars for the brand new playing cards. (More on that in a little bit bit.)

Although they gained’t have the identical uncooked efficiency because the RX 5700 sequence, AMD was eager to emphasize that the RX 5500 will include all the options of its pricier siblings, together with Fidelity FX post-processing with Radeon Image Sharpening (which Digital Foundry produced a recent explainer on), Radeon anti-lag, and the brand new PCIe 4.zero normal. Here’s how the specs AMD was prepared to present us on the RX 5500 stack up towards AMD’s earlier fashions:

Radeon RX 5500 sequence vs Radeon RX 5700 sequence

SpecsRadeon RX 5500MRadeon RX 5500Radeon RX 5700Radeon RX 5700 XT
SpecsRadeon RX 5500MRadeon RX 5500Radeon RX 5700Radeon RX 5700 XT
Game clockUp to 1448MHzUp to 1717MHz1625MHz1755MHz
Boost clock (as much as)1645MHz1845MHz1725MHz1905MHz
SP compute (as much as)4.6 TFLOPS5.2 TFLOPS7.9 TFLOPS9.7 TFLOPs
Memory4GB GDDR6Up to 8GB GDDR68GB GDDR68GB GDDR6
Compute Units22223640
TDP85W150W185W225W
Memory Interface128-bit128-bit256-bit256-bit
Stream Processors1408140823042560
PriceTBATBA$349$399

The RX 5500 is supposed as an entry-level counterpart to the prevailing RX 5570.

As with the RX 5700 launch, AMD talked about “game clock” speeds with its new GPUs, which its web site says are the “expected GPU clock when running typical gaming applications, set to typical TGP (Total Graphics Power).” However, these sport clock speeds appear to be greater for the RX 5500 than for the RX 5700, a supposedly higher-end GPU. AMD has since confirmed to us that each numbers are correct, which means that there is likely to be extra occurring right here than meets the attention.

The purpose AMD wasn’t prepared to supply pricing or availability particulars for the upcoming graphics playing cards was as a result of it mentioned it presently has no plans to supply its personal reference designs. Instead, all the playing cards will probably be produced by its {hardware} companions, which will probably be saying their very own variations of the GPU sooner or later. AMD did say that it anticipated its companions to start releasing variations of the RX 5500 within the subsequent quarter, however it didn’t present a extra particular launch date past that.

Although AMD didn’t have a lot to say in regards to the pricing of the RX 5500, its presentation gave us a few clues. It in contrast the efficiency of the brand new GPU straight towards its previous-generation RX 480 (which launched at $269) in addition to Nvidia’s GTX 1650 (which launched at $149). That leaves us with a fairly broad potential value vary, however we’re hoping AMD’s newest playing cards are nearer to the decrease finish of the size given the efficiency benchmarks they’re speculated to hit.

AMD was, nevertheless, prepared to present some particulars on the primary laptop computer that may come geared up with the Radeon RX 5500M. The MSI Alpha 15 will pair the brand new GPU with an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H and a 1080p 144Hz FreeSync show, and it’s presently deliberate for launch on the finish of October, in response to the corporate. AMD added that HP, Lenovo, and Acer will even be releasingRX 5500M laptops later this 12 months.

If you had been ready for AMD’s second sequence of 7nm RDNA graphics playing cards to lastly supply some RDNA-powered competitors for Nvidia within the high-end, then the announcement of the entry-level Radeon RX 5500 sequence gained’t ship. With the RX 5700, AMD considerably closed the efficiency hole with Nvidia within the midrange, however on the time, we mentioned that the corporate must take its new RDNA structure past the sub-$400 value level to make issues actually fascinating. (Its final high-end card, the Radeon VII, was nonetheless utilizing the corporate’s outdated GCN structure.) With the brand new RX 5500, AMD has but to take up that problem.

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