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AMD to announce the Radeon RX 5500 on October 7

AMD's Radeon RX 5500 GPUs will challenge Nvidia's GTX 1660 solutions. (Source: AMD)
AMD's Radeon RX 5500 GPUs will challenge Nvidia's GTX 1660 solutions. (Source: AMD)
Preliminary reports position the upcoming Navi-14-based Radeon RX 5500 GPu as a direct competitor for Nvidia's GTX 1660 solutions. Even though the memory bus is not as wide compared to the Nvidia GPUs, the RX 5500 compensates with up to 8 GB of GDDR6 VRAM plus higher core and memory clocks.

AMD is finally shaking things up on the consumer gaming GPU market. It already introduced the Radeon VII as a high-end competitor for Nvidia’s RTX 2080 and then refreshed its high-mid-range solutions with the Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 GPUs. The lower-mid-range and the entry-level solutions are yet to be refreshed, but it look s like this could happen sooner than expected. Videocardz reports that a new Navi 14 GPU is ready to be launched on October 7.

The upcoming lower-mid-range Navi 14 solution from AMD is dubbed Radeon RX 5500 and it will come in desktop (RX 5500/XT)  as well as laptop (RX 5500M) flavors. With these new GPUs, AMD is hoping to disrupt Nvidia’s supremacy and provide decent competition for the GTX 1650 / 1660 GPUs. According to the Videocardz report, the RX 5500 seems to be tuned to take on the GTX 1660, as both integrate 1,408 stream processors. However, the memory bus on the RX 5500 is limited to 128-bit, whereas the GTX 1660 boasts a 192-bit one. Still, AMD is trying to compensate for this with up to 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM and a higher core clock of 1,645 MHz plus possibly higher memory clocks.

This information was apparently relayed by AMD through a private press call. The new RX 5500 is supposed to be a successor for the RX 480, so the price point for the new GPUs is expected to be below US$200.

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Bogdan Solca, 2019-10- 2 (Update: 2019-10- 2)