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AMD Radeon RX 5500 Navi 14 GPU Custom Variants Rumored To Launch on 12th December, Replaces RX 590

Nov 28
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The latest rumors have stated that AMD's Radeon RX 5500 series graphics card based on the Navi 14 GPU will receive its custom flavors on 12th December. Currently, the AMD Radeon RX 5500 has only launched for the OEM market with a DIY launch planned for next month.

AMD Radeon RX 5500 Custom Variants Launch Next Month - Will Officially Replace The Radeon RX 590

According to ITHome, AMD has briefed AIBs internally that they can release their custom variants for the Radeon RX 5500 graphics card on the 12th of December. AMD announced the Radeon RX 5500 series back in early October which means that the mainstream audience would have to wait at least 2 months before they could get their hands on the new Navi based graphics card.

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 is based on the Navi 14 GPU architecture. There are many variants of the Navi 14 GPU which are being produced. The one that goes inside the desktop discrete lineup is more of a cut-down version compared to the full variant which is being featured on Apple's new Macbooks.

AMD Radeon RX 5000 '7nm Navi RDNA' GPU Lineup Specs:

Graphics CardRadeon RX 5700 XT 50th AnniversaryRadeon RX 5700 XTRadeon RX 5700Radeon RX 5600 XTRadeon RX 5500 XT (DIY)Radeon RX 5500 (OEM)
GPU Architecture7nm Navi (RDNA 1st Gen)7nm Navi (RDNA 1st Gen)7nm Navi (RDNA 1st Gen)7nm Navi (RDNA 1st Gen)7nm Navi (RDNA 1st Gen)7nm Navi (RDNA 1st Gen)
Stream Processors2560 SPs2560 SPs2304 SPsTBD1408 SPs1408 SPs
TMUs / ROPs160 / 64160 / 64144 / 64TBD88 / 3288 / 32
Base Clock1680 MHz1605 MHz1465 MHzTBD1670 MHz1670 MHz
Boost Clock1980 MHz1905 MHz1725 MHzTBD1845 MHz1845 MHz
Game Clock1830 MHz1755 MHz1625 MHzTBD1717 MHz1717 MHz
Compute Power10.14 TFLOPs9.75 TFLOPs7.95 TFLOPsTBD5.19 TFLOPs5.19 TFLOPs
VRAM8 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR66 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR64 GB GDDR6
Bus Interface256-bit256-bit256-bit192-bit128-bit128-bit
Bandwidth448 GB/s448 GB/s448 GB/s336 GB/s224 GB/s224 GB/s
TBP235W225W180WTBD110W110W
Price$449 US$399 US$349 US~$199-$299 US~$149-$199 USOEM Only (TBD)
Launch7th July 20197th July 20197th July 2019January, 20207th October 20197th October 2019

The AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT features 1408 stream processors which mean that there are 22 CUs or compute units featured on the card. It also packs 88 TMUs and 32 ROPs with clock speeds rated at 1670 MHz base, 1717 MHz game, and 1845 MHz boost clocks. The card manages to deliver up to 5.19 TFLOPs of compute performance at 110W. There's also 4 GB of GDDR6 memory featured on the card that runs across a 128-bit bus interface, delivering a cumulative bandwidth of 224 GB/s.

In terms of raw performance, AMD officially pits the card against the GeForce GTX 1650 which is a $149 US part and has been replaced by the $159 US GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER as of this month. It is stated to be up to 37% faster than the GTX 1650 on average at 1080p in several titles. In an OEM review by Heise.de, the graphics card turned out to be as fast as the Radeon RX 580 while sipping in much lower power. Since then, TechPowerUP managed to grab hold of an OEM sample too. The card was tested against the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER which was only 5% faster.

Do bear in mind that the OEM version features a standard heatsink cooler whereas AIBs with their much better GPU coolers and factory overclocks would deliver better performance. So in the end, we would see the Radeon RX 5500 performing or even outpacing the GTX 1650 SUPER which would be a win-win for AMD in the sub-$200 US segment.

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 Performance / Performance Per Watt / Performance Per Dollar Metrics: (Image Credits: TechPowerUP):

As you can see, the AMD Radeon RX 5500 delivers about the same performance as the Radeon RX 580 and is only 5% slower than NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER while absolutely crushing the GTX 1650. The performance per watt crown still goes to NVIDIA whose 12nm Turing architecture delivers absolutely stellar performance efficency. However, the 7nm AMD Radeon RX 5500 card completley wrecks the Radeon RX 580 in this department, offering almost twice the performance per watt uplift than the older 12nm Polaris based offerings.

Performance per Dollar is based on 3 different prices which are yet to be confirmed. If AMD prices the card north of $150 US, then the GTX 1650 SUPER would be a better purchase but AMD could once again one-up NVIDIA and drop a $140 US price tag on the RX 5500 which would make it the better card of the two. Expect more news on the AMD Radeon RX 5500 series custom lineup and the XT variant in the coming weeks.

Which graphics card do you think will be more competitive in the sub-$200 US market?

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