AMD Radeon RX 5500 ‘Navi 14’ Graphics Card Aimed at Performance Segment According To Official Marketing Materials

Nov 9
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Upcoming marketing information about the AMD Radeon RX 5500 has shown some of what we can expect from the budget 1080p graphics card which AMD has officially termed a 'Performance' tier graphics card.

The marketing material for the AMD Radeon RX 5500 has revealed the specifications and positioning of the Navi 14 GPU Based Graphics Card

The mid-range cards marketing material leaked on the web which has shown that as of now there is no mention of an RX 5500 XT. The marketing material also shows that the RX 5500 is based on the 7nano-meter "Navi 14" silicon, and has a total of 22 RDNA compute units, which means that it has a total of 1,408 stream processors.

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

The chip also features a 128-bit wide GDDR6 memory bus which will be paired with either 4 GB or 8 GB running at the speed of 14 GB per second, which will yield a 224 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The GPU clocks are rated for a 1670 MHz "gaming speed" and an 1845 MHz boost clock, while there was no idle clock listed in the marketing information.

The marketing information did show a graph that compares the RX 5500 to the GTX 1650, so this means that AMD is expecting this card to outmatch the GTX 1650. This card is shown to outmatch the GTX 1650 in most common games such as Devil May Cry 5, PlayerUnknown BattleGrounds. Devil May Cry 5 ran on the RX 5500 well past the 100 frames per second which outmatch the GTX 1650 which was only able to run Devil May Cry 5 under 100 frames per second. PlayerUnknown's BattleGround ran up to 30% better compared to GTX 1650.

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

Some of the features are:

  • Radeon Software Adrenaline
    • This is the software that Radeon uses to update and overclock the graphics card.
  • Radeon Anti-Lag
    • The Anti-Lag reduces the input latency with this driver, which provides an ultra-fast response time.
  • Radeon Image Sharpening
    • This allows for GPU upscaling to deliver crips looking visuals.
  • FidelityFX
    • FidelityFX is a collection of post-process effects that merges many different effects into fewer shader passes to free up your GPU for the best experience you demand.
  • AMD Radeon FreeSync Technology
    • FreeSync Technology features HDR-ready drivers which allow 4K resolution of 60 frames per second but requires a DisplayPort 1.4 port to your monitor.
    • FreeSync allows no artifact-free performance at any framerate, as long as your monitor supports FreeSync (there are currently 900+ FreeSync monitors to choose from).

Also, it's interesting to note that AMD has officially termed the card as a 'Performance' tier solution which is aimed at GeForce GTX 1650. The performance tier lies right below the enthusiast tier line which includes the Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon VII. The Radeon RX 5700 competes against the GeForce RTX 2060 for $349 US while the Radeon RX 5500 series is expected to retail around $150 US but fight out against the GTX 1650 series cards.

This shows a huge performance gap in the AMD lineup of Navi cards which have no answer in-between for the GeForce GTX 1660 series cards. The $200-$300 US market is completely open and currently dominated by NVIDIA's mainstream Turing GeForce GTX 16 series cards. When the RX 5500 becomes available for sale, as long as its price is competitive it will be worth every penny!

Products mentioned in this post

GTX 1650
GTX 1650
USD 149.99
GTX 1660
GTX 1660
USD 229.99
RTX 2060
RTX 2060
USD 349.99

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