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AMD have announced the Radeon RX 5500 available later this year

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AMD have now formally lifted the lid on their next GPU with the announcement of the Radeon RX 5500 coming later this year. This new GPU is using their RDNA architecture, based on their 7nm process technology. From what AMD say, they expect it to give you around "1.6X" higher performance-per-watt when compared with the previous Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.

The Radeon RX 5500 will have both a mobile and desktop model, each of them sharing 22 Compute Units, 1,408 Stream Processors and a 128-bit Memory Interface. I've listed where they're actually different in the specifications AMD shared below:

Radeon™ RX 5500M GPU (mobile)

  • TFLOPS: Up to 4.6
  • GDDR6: 4GB
  • Game Clock11 (MHz): Up to 1,448
  • Boost Clock12 (MHz): Up to 1,645

Radeon™ RX 5500 series (desktop)

  • TFLOPS: Up to 5.2
  • GDDR6: Up to 8GB
  • Game Clock11 (MHz): Up to 1,717
  • Boost Clock12 (MHz): Up to 1,845

For some clarifications:

  • Game clock is the expected GPU clock when running typical gaming applications, set to typical TGP (Total Graphics Power). Actual individual game clock results may vary.
  • Boost Clock Frequency is the maximum frequency achievable on the GPU running a bursty workload. Boost clock achievability, frequency, and sustainability will vary based on several factors, including but not limited to: thermal conditions and variation in applications and workloads.

As for the availability, you've got to wait but not actually very long. AMD said the MSI Alpha 15 laptop with the Radeon RX 5500M GPU will be out later this month and some pre-built systems from HP, Lenovo and more will be out in November.

For standalone GPUs from AMD board partners, they're only giving an ambiguous "Q4 2019" and they're not currently mentioning prices either so it remains to be seen just how competitive they will be against NVIDIA.

You can see the full details in their press release here.

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Xpander 7 October 2019 at 2:13 pm UTC
Meh i was hoping for 5800 or 5900

I dont get the numbering, Navi 10 is higher end and Navi 14 is weaker, what?


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Desum 7 October 2019 at 2:15 pm UTC
Lovely. Though, considering Vega cards are STILL crashing right and left under Linux, I dunno how much excitement I can muster up.
x_wing 7 October 2019 at 2:35 pm UTC
XpanderMeh i was hoping for 5800 or 5900

I dont get the numbering, Navi 10 is higher end and Navi 14 is weaker, what?

That's pretty much normal. Newer chips gets bigger numbers. And this isn't just an AMD thing, Nvidia does the same:

RTX 2080 TI chip --> https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/nvidia-tu102.g813
RTX 2060 chip --> https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/nvidia-tu106.g875
Shmerl 7 October 2019 at 3:04 pm UTC
So that's their new mid range card? I was also interested in their top high end announcement (5800 / 5900?).


Last edited by Shmerl at 7 October 2019 at 3:06 pm UTC
Shmerl 7 October 2019 at 3:05 pm UTC
DesumLovely. Though, considering Vega cards are STILL crashing right and left under Linux, I dunno how much excitement I can muster up.

Never had any crashes with Vega in many months already. Rock solid overall. Navi on the other hand is still quite raw.
chancho_zombie 7 October 2019 at 3:46 pm UTC
this is the card that was supposed to replace the 580 but with Lower TDP??. Though it seems that the 580 has better specs . I guess this is meant to compete with the 570, we´ll have to wait for the 5600 to see if there's a new 1080p king in town.

I had some interest on these cards but the only advantage is lower TDP and a 580 or 570 are already pretty efficient both can run with a 600w PSU, unless you live in a country where electricity is really, really expensive I see no point on getting this cards.


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Erzfeind 7 October 2019 at 3:56 pm UTC
DesumLovely. Though, considering Vega cards are STILL crashing right and left under Linux, I dunno how much excitement I can muster up.

I don´t have a single problem with my Vega 56 (running Tumbleweed).
Julius 7 October 2019 at 4:24 pm UTC
Anyone able to guess if the mobile version will be strong enough for VR with Valve Index? I am not really into AMD's GPUs, so a bit hard to guess for me.
chancho_zombie 7 October 2019 at 4:36 pm UTC
JuliusAnyone able to guess if the mobile version will be strong enough for VR with Valve Index? I am not really into AMD's GPUs, so a bit hard to guess for me.

I don't think so this is aiming to compete at the same middle segment as the 580 or 570, against the NVIDIA 1060. For VR I think most games require a 1070.
chancho_zombie 7 October 2019 at 4:40 pm UTC
meh some leaked benchmarks suggest that it lags a lot behind behind the 570
https://www.game-debate.com/news/27752/first-leaked-amd-radeon-rx-5500-gpu-benchmarks-dont-look-right-at-all
Quotethe Radeon RX 5500 notches up a score of 5021 frames in the OpenGL test, equivalent to around 81 frames per second. The previous-gen Radeon RX 570 scores 7891 frames in the same test, so this would actually make for really disappointing performance.

but otoh, other benchmarks suggest that it's 60% faster than the 580

Quotein separate run in Manhattan 3.1, the Radeon RX 5500 performs extremely well. Bizarrely well, in fact. It outscores both the Radeon RX 5700 and the GeForce RTX 2070 Super. We have a graphics card which is simultaneously performing almost half as well as an RX 570 and yet 60% faster than an RX 580, which has the whiff of bullshit if ever we’ve smelled it.
wot

IMHO I think that the first test makes sense because the specs are weaker than the 580.

if it is weaker than the 570 I guess the price tag should be less than 150 usd. I guess it only make sense if the card is smaller than the 570 and requires a smaller cooler and overall less materials otherwise I don't see the point on this card. A 570 card at the size of a 560, that would make a lot of sense. And possibly we could get a small factor version out of this chip.


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