Monday, October 7th 2019

AMD Introduces Radeon RX 5500 Series Graphics Cards

Today, AMD announced the Radeon RX 5500 series graphics products, harnessing groundbreaking RDNA gaming architecture to deliver the ultimate in high-performance, high-fidelity 1080p gaming. The AMD Radeon RX 5500 series includes the Radeon RX 5500 graphics card that will be available in desktop PCs from leading manufacturers and graphics cards from board partners, as well as the Radeon RX 5500M GPU for notebook PCs. Top system providers worldwide are embracing the new products, with HP and Lenovo planning to offer Radeon RX 5500 graphics cards in their high performance desktop gaming PCs beginning this November, and Acer planning to offer systems with the cards beginning this December. In addition, later this month MSI is expected to launch the world's first gaming notebook powered by AMD Ryzen processors and Radeon RX 5500M GPUs.

"Based on feedback and insights from global gaming communities, gamers rank graphics as the most critical component for speed and performance," said Johnson Jia, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Business of Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo. "That's why the Lenovo Legion T730 and T530 gaming towers and the IdeaCentre T540 Gaming desktop pack in AMD's latest Radeon RX graphics - satisfying players' need for high-fidelity visuals and lightning-fast frame-rates to fully immerse into their gameplay." "MSI Alpha 15 is a new chapter for us, and we're excited to partner with AMD to combine the latest 7 nm technology found in the Radeon RX 5500M GPU and MSI's gaming DNA for our gamers," said Charles Chiang, CEO of MSI.
With the newest additions to the Radeon family, AMD is bringing its advanced RDNA gaming architecture and industry-leading 7 nm process technology to legions of mainstream gamers worldwide in exciting new form factors and systems. Powered by RDNA, the Radeon RX 5500 provides up to 1.6X higher gaming performance-per-watt than current Radeon graphics cards based on the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.

The AMD Radeon RX 5500 series was built from the ground up to deliver incredible 1080p gaming, high-fidelity visuals and ultra-responsive gameplay. Optimized to deliver incredible experiences on the hottest games, the Radeon RX 5500 graphics card provides up to 37 percent faster performance on average than the competitive product in select titles at 1080p1. For mobile gaming, a laptop configured with the Radeon RX 5500M GPU provides up to 30 percent faster performance on average than the competition, and delivers up to 60+ FPS in select AAA titles and up to 90+ FPS in select eSports games.

"It's been incredible to see the response to our RDNA architecture from gamers worldwide, and now we're bringing the same high-framerate, dynamic gameplay and advanced features to 1080p gaming with the Radeon RX 5500 series," said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. "AMD is committed to delivering incredible gaming experiences to all gamers across all price-points. Whether fighting the Calypso twins in Borderlands 3 or battling to take back Auroa in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the Radeon RX 5500 series allows every gamer to feel fully immersed and lose themselves in these beautiful and complex worlds."

Built on industry-leading 7 nm process technology and supporting high-bandwidth PCIe 4.0 technology, the new AMD Radeon products take advantage of powerful features to bring 1080p gameplay to the next level, including:
  • Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) - Brings crispness and clarity to in-game visuals that have been softened by upscaling and post-process effects in DirectX 9, 12 and Vulkan titles. When paired with Radeon GPU upscaling, RIS enables sharp visuals and fluid frame rates on high-resolution displays.
  • AMD FidelityFX - Offers an open-source toolkit for game developers to add high-quality post-process effects to help make games look beautiful while offering the optimal balance of visual fidelity and performance. Available on GPUOpen, FidelityFX features Contrast-Adaptive Sharpening (CAS), which draws out detail in low-contrast areas while minimizing artifacts caused by typical image sharpening routines.
  • Radeon Anti-Lag - Anti-Lag significantly decreases input-to-display response times, including making Borderlands 3 up to 23 percent more responsive with Radeon RX 5500 series graphics and offering a competitive edge in gameplay.
  • Largest gaming display ecosystem - With over 950 supported monitors to choose from, gamers can enjoy stutter-free, tear-free gameplay with AMD Radeon FreeSync and Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR technology.
AMD Radeon 'Raise the Game' Bundle
The new Radeon RX 5500 series are included in the latest AMD Radeon Raise the Game bundle, offering gamers their choice of Borderlands 3 or Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint with the purchase of eligible pre-configured desktop and notebook systems powered by Radeon RX 5500 and RX 5500M graphics. Learn more here.

Later this month, MSI is expected to launch the MSI Alpha 15 laptop, powered by Radeon RX 5500M GPUs. In addition, Radeon RX 5500 graphics cards are expected to be available in leading desktop gaming systems beginning in November 2019, including HP'S OMEN Obelisk and Pavilion Gaming desktops, as well as Lenovo Legion T530 and IdeaCentre T540 Gaming PCs. The Radeon RX 5500 graphics cards are expected to be available in Acer Nitro 50 PCs beginning in December 2019. AMD board partners are expected to launch standalone graphics cards this quarter (Q4 2019).
For more information, visit the product page.

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61 Comments on AMD Introduces Radeon RX 5500 Series Graphics Cards

$600 is how much a RTX 2060 Super costs here in Canada.
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Dave65, post: 4128867, member: 82235"
This is AMD not Nvidia!
Is that why they charged us $400 for Polaris replacement? LOL
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I will be surprised if this 150w is due to PCI Express 4.otherwise there is no way that 5500 needs 150w.This card needs only up to 100~110w.
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jabbadap, post: 4128971, member: 148195"
85W is actually more than gtx1660ti non maxQ TDP of 80W.
Yeah, cool story bruh:

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ZoneDymo, post: 4129267, member: 66089"
6600GT - 8800GT - GTX460 - 660 - 760(though that one was bad) - 960 - 1060 - 2060(super) are entry level gaming grade gpu's, and should be priced as such.
9800pro- HD3850 - HD4850 - 5850 - 6950 - 7950 - RX280 - 380 - 480 - 580 - 590 - 5700(XT) same story
Yes, but no.
2060 doesn't warrant "xx60" label, being good 50% faster than 1060, it is a trick to lure typical xx60 buyer into shelling out more bucks. (and as we know from NV slides, it works perfectly)

There is quite a bit of perf space below it, with all the 1660/1660Ti, that is where entry level range is, even 5700 non-XT spanks all of that and is fairly priced.
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medi01, post: 4129433, member: 158537"
Yeah, cool story bruh:

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Laptop skus TDPs and clocks differs from desktop counter parts. RX 5500M will be in Nvidia terms MaxP 85W and according to Anandtech lower cTDP configs will exists. Comparable cTDPs for nvidia counter parts are gtx1650 MaxQ 30W - MaxP 50W, gtx1660ti MaxQ 60W - MaxP 80W.
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jabbadap, post: 4129547, member: 148195"
RX 5500M will be in Nvidia terms MaxP 85W
You can't know that for sure. Last time I've checked "max q" was former "M" with a cooler name, to milk more monez.
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medi01, post: 4129674, member: 158537"
You can't know that for sure. Last time I've checked "max q" was former "M" with a cooler name, to milk more monez.
Know what? Are you suggesting that RX 5500M will come out even more higher TDP than that? MaxP/Max-P in nvidia terms came from Tegra X2 marketing and means maximum performance, while Max-Q means maximum efficiency sweet spot meaning TDP spot when chips perf/W is highest. Granted Nvidia now only speaks Max-Q for laptops, so maybe using Max-P is confusing you.
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TheinsanegamerN, post: 4128888, member: 127292"
So AMD has made a RX580 replacement that cost what a 580 used to cost and performs the same as a RX580 and pulls the power of a RX580 (note the 5500 in the picture has an 8 pin connector - unencessary on a card that pulls under 150 watts). WCCF tech claims it has a "110TDP/150TBP" design, which if true, is a whopping 14 watts lower then a stock RX480, and slightly higher then a XFX 480 GTR black. Not impressive for 7nm navi.

Woooo? So much advancement....I think? I mean, go look at the 1650 benchmarks from when it came out. Take note of where the RX570 and RX580 are at. This new RX5500 isnt any faster. Poeple complain about nvidia all the time, but AMD seems to be very comfortable not moving an inch from where polaris once stood, and if this is the best they can shrink Navi down to, big navi doesnt look so rosy anymore.

That isnt exactly unusual. MSI has made AMD gaming laptops, the FX line, for many years. They even made them with bulldozer APUs and AMD dGPUs!
LOL @ you If you accept that the benchmarks are good, the RX 5500 will be ~13% faster than the RX 580. It will draw way less power and you will get Borderlands 3 or GR: Breakpoint from the release.

TheinsanegamerN, post: 4128903, member: 127292"
AMD also claims that typical board power for vega 64 is 295 watt. users know that the cards typically draw over 300, and peak close to 400 watts
So you lie that Vega 64 average power draw is 300W? :D Nice try.

With standard BIOS powersave mode, it drew 214W on average and it only meant a 4% decrease in performance. And it's not even manual undervolting.
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This card is pointless for desktops until at least Q2 2020 due to the sheer overstock of Polaris inventory. RX570 is really hard to beat at somewhere around $125 and desktop buyers aren't going to care about the extra 30-40W that an RX 570 draws.

What AMD really need is a laptop win, which comes down to real-world TDP and how many design wins they can get with OEMs. If they can get 1650 performance out of around 50W, then this thing will be killer, because they can slot that into most of the thinner 15" laptops and possibly even some of the chunkier 13-14" laptops too.
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This is a GTX 1650 competitor and thus it will likely debut at around $170. Replacing the RX 470/570 in terms of position.
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DeeJay1001, post: 4128874, member: 190289"
Are you crazy? I'm guessing we will see this MSRP in the $199-$249 range. It's an RX580 replacement and should sell for RX580 MSRP roughly.

EDIT: After some digging it looks like these might go even cheaper potentially down to $149.
Remember that this is RX 5500 and should be in the 129-149$ range, there are more space for new graphics cards

RX 5700XT 399$ =============> RTX 2060 Super
RX 5700 349$ =============> RTX ????????????
RX 5600XT 249-299$ =============> GTX 1660 Ti Super
RX 5600 199-249$ =============> GTX 1660 Super
RX 5500XT 169-199$ =============> GTX 1650 Ti
RX 5500 129-149$ =============> GTX 1650
RX 5400 99-119$ ==============> Nothing

This should be a reasonable price stacking.
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