AMD has announced the Radeon RX 5500 graphics cards targeted primarily at 1080p gaming. The RX 5500 will be available in both desktop and laptop (M) variants by the end of this month. AMD has also partnered up with leading laptop manufacturers like HP, Lenovo, Acer and MSI to usher in the new 5500M GPU. One thing to keep in mind though: These Graphics Cards are OEM-only. As of now, there’s no info as to when the retail versions will be available.
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The Radeon RX 5500 and 5500M are based on the 7nm process and the RDNA microarchitecture. They will succeed the RX 560X and will offer 1.6X more performance than the GCN based cards. The 5500 is touted to be up to 37% faster as compared to NVIDIA’s offerings. AMD claims a 60+ FPS in most games with up to 90+ FPS in eSports titles.
|Model||Compute Units||Stream Processors||Memory Size (GDDR6)||Boost Clock||Memory Interface|
|RX 5500 (Desktop)||22||1408||8 GB||1845 MHz||128-bit|
|RX 5500M (Notebooks)||22||1408||4 GB||1645 MHz||128-bit|
Compared to NVIDIA’s offerings, the RX 5500 absolutely destroys the GTX 1650 in terms of raw specs alone. Even when compared against the GTX 1660Ti, NVIDIA’s flagship GTX card, the 5500 can go head-to-head with it. With up to 8GB GDDR6 memory and a Boost Clock of 1845 MHz, AMD has seriously turned up the competition. Moreover, it also includes PCIe 4.0 support.
The Radeon RX 5500 will also include support for AMD’s proprietary gaming-specific optimizations at launch:
- Radeon Image Sharpening: Which upscales visuals to provide more clarity and crispiness
- AMD FidelityFX: Open-Source toolkit to allow support for different post-processing effects
- Radeon Anti-Lag: This severely reduces input lag and display response times. As per AMD, this makes Borderlands 3 up to 23% more responsive.
With the purchase of an eligible 5500 product, you will be eligible for a free copy of either Borderlands 3 or Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint. The first of these products will be launched by MSI. The MSI Alpha 15-inch will launch later this month, followed by the HP Omen Obelisk and Pavilion desktops and the Lenovo Legion T530 and IdeaCentre T540 gaming PCs. The desktop RX 5500 will be available in Acer Nitro PCs starting December.