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AMD launches new Radeon RX 5500 and Radeon RX 5500M graphics cards

The Radeon RX 5500M will debut in the MSI Alpha 15 later this month. (Image via AMD)
The Radeon RX 5500M will debut in the MSI Alpha 15 later this month. (Image via AMD)
AMD announced two new GPUs today. The Radeon RX 5500 and its mobile equivalent, the Radeon RX 5500M, will make their debuts in various machines before the end of the year. The RX 5500M, in particular, will appear in the MSI Alpha 15, which we should get in our lab later this month. The RX 5500M should offer performance somewhere between the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q and the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which would make it suitable for gaming at FHD/High settings.

AMD today announced its latest desktop and laptop graphics cards, the Radeon RX 5500 and Radeon RX 5500M. The GPUs are targeted at the mid-range gaming market and should be well-suited for gaming at Full HD (1920x1080) on High/Ultra settings for most modern titles.

The RX 5500 and RX 5500M are debuting in a few systems later this year. MSI is expected to launch the world’s first Radeon RX 5500M-powered gaming laptop by the end of this month. HP, Lenovo, and Acer are all expected to release desktop PCs with the RX 5500 before the year’s end. Acer may also release an RX 5500M-powered laptop.

The specs for both cards are as follows:

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Spec Radeon RX 5500 Radeon RX 550M
Compute Units 22 22
Stream Processors 1408 1408
Boost Frequency Up to 1670 MHz 1448 MHz
Game Frequency 1845 MHz 1645 MHz
Half Precision Compute Performance 10.4 TFLOPS 9.26 TFLOPS
Single Precision Compute Performance 5.2 TFLOPS 4.63 TFLOPS
Transistors 6.4 billion 6.4 billion
VRAM up to 4 GB GDDR6, 128-bit bus up to 4 GB GDDR6, 128-bit bus
VRAM speed 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Memory bandwidth 224 GB/s 224 GB/s
Average power draw 150 W (550 W PSU recommended) Unknown at this time

(Note that the “Game frequency” listed above is the card’s expected GPU clock when running “typical gaming applications, set to typical TGP (Total Graphics Power),” according to AMD. It may not reflect real-world performance.)

Based on the company’s rDNA architecture and built on a 7 nm process, AMD claims that the Radeon RX 5500 will improve performance-per-watt over current GCN cards by 60%, which may position the card as an energy-efficient solution for gamers, especially eSports enthusiasts. AMD also claims the RX 5500 should average up to 37% performance than competitors at Full HD. The RX 5500M should offer up to 30% more power than competitors, according to AMD.Both cards are feature-packed and include AMD’s Radeon Image Sharpening (which sharpens upscaled images), FidelityFX (an open-source tool for post-process effects), and Radeon anti-lag (which should lower input-to-screen response times). Both cards will also support FreeSync monitors and FreeSync 2 HDR.

The Radeon RX 5500M is particularly interesting; AMD hasn’t had a strong GPU presence in the laptop market for years outside of their APU lines, and those are typically found in cheaper laptops. We estimate that the RX 5500M should fall between Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. That would make the RX 5500M a good choice for mid-range gaming laptops in the US $1200-1500 price range.

If AMD can undercut Nvidia on pricing (which is typically how AMD handles business), the RX 5500M may be a winner for Team Red. We’ll get a better idea of how the RX 5500M will perform when we get our hands on the MSI Alpha 15 (the first RX 5500M-powered laptop) later this month. Keep an eye out for that machine to cross our review desk.

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Sam Medley, 2019-10- 7 (Update: 2019-10- 7)
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.