AMD has another important feather being placed into the Navi cap today with the release of the new Radeon RX 5500 XT, a new mainstream graphics card that AMD has released just as the holidays are about to kick off.
The new Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card comes with the same Navi GPU, but changes things up in terms of what makes it tick inside, and the clock speeds -- but we have a much lower 130W TDP, too. AMD is continuing the use of the higher-end GDDR6 memory standard, offering two different models: a Radeon RX 5500 XT with 4GB, or an RX 5500 XT with 8GB of VRAM.
AMD's new Radeon RX 5500 XT is still made on the efficient 7nm process, and offers some great 1080p gaming performance in what feels like a perfect replacement of the Polaris-based Radeon RX 480. The new Radeon RX 5500 XT on the other hand offers up a bunch of new tricks under its belt that get added or enhanced through the just-released AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition.
- AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB: $169
- AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB: $199
Navi >>> Polaris
AMD has pulled off a rather large 1.6x performance per watt over the Radeon RX 480 with its new Radeon RX 5500 XT, thanks to a bunch of changes in the new (and much smaller) Navi 7nm GPU versus the Polaris 14nm GPU. We have 12% more performance on average, while using 30% less power.
The Navi GPU on the new Radeon RX 5500 XT comes in at 158mm2 compared to the larger 221mm2 on the Polaris GPU inside of the Radeon RX 480. This means AMD has crammed in 1.7x performance per area with its new Radeon RX 5500 XT over the previous-gen Polaris-based Radeon RX 480.