By having the Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT tailored for the 1440p gaming segment, AMD now shifts its focus onto 1080p gaming with the newly announced Radeon RX 5500 series graphics. As many of you would know, 1080p is still widely used by the majority of gamers regardless of casual or competitive gaming.
Both Radeon RX 5500 and RX 5500M is built on the same 7nm process as the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT but based on the Navi 14 GPU. Unlike the more powerful RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT, the RX 5500 has a lower stream processors count at 1408, 88 TMUs and 32 ROPs.
While both features support for PCIe 4.0 x8 interface and 128-bit memory bus, the mobile RX 5500M comes with a lower 4GB GDDR6 memory as compared to the desktop RX 5500 with 8GB GDDR6 memory. From the specs, it’s pretty clear that AMD is going up against the GTX 1650 from NVIDIA, which is targeted for 1080p gaming as well.
You can also refer to the table below for specs comparison between the RX 5700 XT, RX 5700 and the RX 5500 graphics card:
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 5700 XT||Radeon RX 5700||Radeon RX 5500||Radeon RX 5500M|
|GPU Architecture||7nm Navi (RDNA 1st Gen)||7nm Navi (RDNA 1st Gen)||7nm Navi (RDNA 1st Gen)||7nm Navi (RDNA 1st Gen)|
|Stream Processors||2560 SPs||2304 SPs||1408 SPs||1408 SPs|
|TMUs / ROPs||160 / 64||144 / 64||88 / 32||88 / 32|
|Base Clock||1605 MHz||1465 MHz||1670 MHz||1670 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1905 MHz||1725 MHz||1845 MHz||1845 MHz|
|Game Clock||1755 MHz||1625 MHz||1717 MHz||1717 MHz|
|Compute Power||9.75 TFLOPs||7.95 TFLOPs||5.19 TFLOPs||5.19 TFLOPs|
|VRAM||8 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6||4 GB GDDR6|
|Bandwidth||448 GB/s||448 GB/s||224 GB/s||224 GB/s|
We have yet to see any reviews on the RX 5500 and RX 5500M for now, but AMD did provide us with some numbers from its in-house testing just to show how does it fare against the GTX 1650 from NVIDIA. Although it seems that both the desktop and mobile RX 5500 are far superior to the GTX 1650, we’ll still advise you to take it with a grain of salt for now.