AMD announces its new Radeon RX 5500 XT and RX 5500 cards

Radeon RX 5500 XT and Radeon RX 5500: $130-$150 mid-range on 7nm.

Published Mon, Oct 7 2019 5:57 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:46 AM CST

AMD has just made its new Radeon RX 5500 XT and Radeon RX 5500 graphics cards official, with three SKUs in the RX 5500 family of graphics card including some mobile options.

AMD announces its new Radeon RX 5500 XT and RX 5500 cards |

The new Radeon RX 5500 series will be offering Radeon RX 480 levels of performance from AMD, while competing against NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card. The Radeon RX 5500 series will usher in the very first mid-range graphics cards using next-gen GDDR6 memory, a big upgrade over the GDDR5 used on mid-range graphics cards right now.

We will see AMD using a 128-bit memory bus on the GDDR6 memory, with the Radeon RX 5500 XT coming with 8GB of GDDR6 memory while the RX 5500 has 4GB of GDDR6 memory. Both cards are on a 128-bit memory bus, with both the RX 5500 XT and RX 5500 offering 224GB/sec of memory bandwidth.

All three new Radeon RX 5500 series cards are based on the Navi 14 GPU and made on the 7nm process, with 6.4 billion transistors -- up from the 5.7 billion transistors on Polaris 10 which is on 14nm. AMD's new Radeon RX 5500 XT features 1408 stream processors and 22 compute units, with the Navi 14 GPU boosting up to 1845MHz while the Game Clock is at 1717MHz.

As for price, we should be expecting the Radeon RX 5500 XT for $149 while the RX 5500 should come in at $129. Both of them should be released into the market in the coming weeks, and hopefully in custom form as well.

The mobile SKU in the Radeon RX 5500M will have 4GB of VRAM and will compare against the GeForce GTX 1650 4GB mobility version, which will enable a great plethora of mid-range gaming laptops that won't be crap, they'll actually be quite good. Especially for games like Apex Legends, Overwatch, and the like.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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