AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT & Radeon RX 5500 7nm Navi 14 GPUs Unveiled – Up To 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM, 6.4 Billion Transistors, On Par With Radeon RX 590 in Performance

Oct 7, 2019
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AMD will be announcing its brand new mainstream Radeon RX 5500 series today which are based on the 7nm Navi GPU architecture and aim both desktop and mobility platforms. Their details have been officially revealed by AMD which includes official specifications and performance metrics.

AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series Unveiled - 7nm Desktop and Mobility Navi 14 GPU Lineup For Mainstream Audiences

AMD is not launching a single graphics card based on the Navi 14 GPU but three different parts, the Radeon RX 5500 XT, the Radeon RX 5500 and the Radeon RX 5500M. You can tell from the name that the first two cards are aimed towards the desktop platforms while the last variant, the Radeon RX 5500M is aimed at mobile platforms. The graphics card will compete against NVIDIA's existing and upcoming entry-level Turing based graphics cards that are expected to launch this month.

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With the newest additions to the Radeon family, AMD is bringing its advanced RDNA gaming architecture and industry-leading 7nm process technology to legions of mainstream gamers worldwide in exciting new form factors and systems. Powered by RDNA, the Radeon RX 5500 provides up to 1.6X higher gaming performance-per-watt than current Radeon graphics cards based on the GraphicsCore Next (GCN) architecture.

The AMD Radeon RX 5500 series was built from the ground up to deliver incredible 1080p gaming, high-fidelity visuals, and ultra-responsive gameplay. Optimized to deliver incredible experiences on the hottest games, the Radeon RX 5500 graphics card provides up to 37 percent faster performance on average than the competitive production select titles at 1080p. For mobile gaming, a laptop configured with the Radeon RX 5500M GPU provides up to 30 percent faster performance on average than the competition and delivers up to 60+ FPS in select titles and up to 90+ FPSin selected ports games.

via AMD

All three Radeon RX 5500 series SKUs are based on the 7nm Navi 14 GPU which has a die size of 158mm2 and has a total of 6.4 Billion transistors which are more than what AMD had on their 14nm Polaris 10 GPU (5.7 Billion transistors). Given the die size and transistor density, AMD states that the new GPUs would offer a 1.6x performance efficiency compared to the Radeon RX 480 which is based on the Polaris 10 GPU. With the GPU out of the way, let's get into the specifications for all three Radeon RX 5500 series products.

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT and Radeon RX 5500 Graphics Card Specifications

The AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT seems to be the flagship variant of the lineup featuring 1408 stream processors. This means that there are 22 compute units featured on the card. This is lower than the 24 CU variant we have seen in previous leaks which means that a fully enabled variant might pop in later or yields might have restricted AMD from offering a full 1536 SP graphics card. That is a speculative territory for now so let's just focus on the rest of the specifications.

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The card features a boost clock of 1845 MHz whereas the Game clock is set at 1717 MHz. The card would feature up to 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM which means that 4 GB GDDR6 variants would also exist. The memory would clock in at 14 Gbps along with a 128-bit bus interface that would provide a total bandwidth of 224 GB/s.

The AMD Radeon RX 5500 would also feature the same core config as the Radeon RX 5500 XT with the only change being the 4 GB GDDR6 memory buffer. Even the clocks are the same on the non-XT variant so I doubt if the performance would be any different too. It will be interesting how much lower in price the Radeon RX 5500 would go for as it would offer far more perf/dollar compared to the XT variant if these specs are indeed correct. The same goes for the mobile variant which comes with the same core configuration but lower clock speeds of 1645 MHz boost and 1448 MHz game clock. Both cards feature a 110W TDP / 150W TBP (Total Board Power) and AMD has recommended a single 8-pin power connector for them to boot.

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

Graphics CardRadeon RX 5700 XT 50th AnniversaryRadeon RX 5700 XTRadeon RX 5700Radeon RX 5500 XTRadeon RX 5500
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)
Stream Processors2560 SPs2560 SPs2304 SPsTBD1408 SPs
TMUs / ROPs160 / 64160 / 64144 / 64TBD88 / 32
Base Clock1680 MHz1605 MHz1465 MHz1717 MHz1670 MHz
Boost Clock1980 MHz1905 MHz1725 MHzTBD1845 MHz
Game Clock1830 MHz1755 MHz1625 MHzTBD1717 MHz
Compute Power10.14 TFLOPs9.75 TFLOPs7.95 TFLOPsTBD5.19 TFLOPs
VRAM8 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR64 GB GDDR6
Bus Interface256-bit256-bit256-bit128-bit128-bit
Bandwidth448 GB/s448 GB/s448 GB/s224 GB/s224 GB/s
TBP235W225W180W110W110W
Price$449 US$399 US$349 US~$150 US~$130 US
Launch7th July 20197th July 20197th July 20197th October 20197th October 2019

AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series Performance Benchmarks

When it comes to performance benchmarks, the 4 GB Radeon RX 5500 would offer better performance than the 8 GB Radeon RX 480. The card is also being compared to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB which retails for around $150 US. Given the metrics we are looking at, the card may also land in the $150 US market range and offer superb performance which rivals the Radeon RX 590.

The Radeon RX 5500M is also compared to the GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB mobility solution and completely obliterates it in every benchmark. If AMD could land the Radeon RX 5500M in a decent amount of gaming laptops, they can be a great win for Team Red, especially given the stellar value of Ryzen and Radeon combo laptops.

AMD hasn't confirmed the prices for both cards but they have announced a new 'Raise The Game' bundle which allows users to redeem either Borderlands 3 or Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, a fantastic $60 US worth of add on to your purchase.

Expect more details in a bit as AMD officially announces the Radeon RX 5500 lineup. It is also mentioned that the graphics card would be available in custom flavors only so it could be a paper launch today followed by a proper retail debut in the coming days.

Where do you think performance of entry-level Navi 14 GPUs would land?

Products mentioned in this post

GTX 1650
GTX 1650
USD 149.99
RX 480
RX 480
USD 360
RX 590
RX 590
USD 224.99

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