Radeon RX 5500 – What We Know So Far

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The race for in the graphics cards industry has recently taken a path similar to that of the football gaming industry featuring FIFA and PES. For years both games were competing on equal terms, but after the release of FIFA 07 in late 2016, FIFA stepped up their efforts and almost monopolized the football gaming industry. In years that followed, PES slowly kept improving while FIFA stalled their progress, releasing games with similar features each year, and as a result, it provided PES with an opportunity which they grasped, and after the release of eFootball PES2020 in 2019, Pro Evolution Soccer is relevant again. The same can be said about Nvidia and AMD in the graphics card industry. For the past few years, Nvidia took over as the better performing GPU manufacturer, and often, the comparisons between two similar Nvidia and AMD products would result in Nvidia taking an unassailable lead. AMD needed a product like the eFootball PES2020. Their highly anticipated Radeon RX 5500 has the potential to be just that.

What is Radeon RX 5500

AMD aims to introduce not only a new graphic card but a brand new concept, a graphic card built on an architecture solely dedicated to gaming with good performance and less power consumption hence less heating issues. The Radeon RX 5500 will do just that. It is built on the RDNA architecture, introduced to smoothly run high-performance games of today and of the future. 

RDNA Architecture

According to AMDRDNA is “a DNA that powers your games, brings your games to life, and keeps evolving.” It is an architecture compatible with AMD’s 7nm GPUs instead of the previous 14nm GPUs and improves the performance per clock to 1.25. RDNA is an architecture described as “hyper-efficient” and will consume less power and bandwidth to offer better gaming experiences. In order to speed up the game rendering process, the RDNA architecture will also offer decreased latency. 

RDNA offers wide scalability, with the ability to handle anything from mobile devices to cloud platforms. Streaming games will also be easy in RDNA, which offers streaming in 4K and 8K! 

Features

Radeon RX 5500 is one of the first in a long list of GPUs that will run on the RDNA architecture. Radeon RX 5500 is built to power the most advanced gaming desktops. The graphic card itself will be powered by the 7nm RDNA architecture, Radeon image sharpening, and Radeon anti-lag technologies and FidelityFX and premium VR technologies. The GPU will aim to deliver better performance while consuming less power, around 150W for a desktop. Radeon RX 5500 will have a GDDR6 memory of up to 8 GB and a memory speed of 14 Gbps and a game clock speed of around 1717 Mhz while boost game clock speed of up to 1865 Mhz. 

Performance

AMD will be hoping to bank on the better performance and low power consumption of Radeon RX 5500 to maximize sales. When compared to the previous AMD RX 480 GPU or Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, Radeon RX 5500 outperforms both of them. 

Radeon RX 5500 will offer a 20% faster gaming performance than RX 480 while consuming around 27% less power. Radeon RX 5500 will also consume half the space as that of RX 480.

Similarly, Radeon RX 5500 will offer around 37% faster gaming performance than Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 GPU.  

Radeon RX 5500M

Radeon RX 5500M is the mobile version of the RX 5500 but will offer slightly different features. RX 5500M will have a GDDR6 memory of 4 GB and a game clock speed of around 1448 MHz while boost game clock speed of up to 1645 MHz. 

When compared to Nvidia’s GTX 1650 Mobile, the RX 5500M will offer more than 30% faster performance.

Radeon RX 5500 XT

It is speculated that RX 5500 XT will be an updated version of the Radeon RX 5500, offering better clock speed but including the same features. Overclocking will enable RX 5500 XT to offer even better performances and gaming experiences. 

Price

No official price has been mentioned by AMD, but it is speculated that Radeon RX 5500 will cost in the range of $125 – $200. This may be due to the fact that AMD has to provide users with a better performing, low power consuming GPU but with an affordable price so that AMD can once become a game-changer in the industry. 

Release Date

Despite an official reveal, no release date has yet been announced, but it is expected that the Radeon RX 5500 will be released in the second week of December 2019.

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