AMD announced the Radeon RX 5500 today, expanding the Navi family to a new line of mainstream graphics cards.
The company has provided almost everything you need to know about the RX 5500. These graphics cards harness the AMD RDNA gaming architecture to deliver the ultimate high-performance 1080p gaming in top AAA and eSports titles. The lineup includes the Radeon RX 5500 graphics card available in desktop PCs from leading manufacturers, as well as the Radeon RX 5500M GPU for notebook PCs.
With AMD’s advanced RDNA gaming architecture and industry-leading 7nm process technology, the Radeon RX 5500 provides up to 1.6X higher performance-per-watt than current Radeon graphics cards based on Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, as well as up to 37 percent faster performance on average than the competitive product in select titles at 1080p. The RX 5500M also provides up to 30 percent faster performance on average than the (unspecified) competition.
Later this month, MSI is expected to launch the MSI Alpha 15 laptop, powered by Radeon RX 5500M GPUs. In addition, 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).
The new series includes both desktop and mobile form factors and should offer similar performance to the RX 590, but there's still a lot we don't know about these new graphics cards on the eve of their launch. Most notably, full pricing and availability information hasn't yet been released, making it hard to judge how much value these cards provide. It’ll pay dividends to keep an eye on this story as it develops in the coming few weeks.