AMD’s Navi vary of graphics playing cards could possibly be set to broaden and broaden within the coming months, offering fashionable options to the corporate’s growing older RX 500-series Polaris GPUs. Alongside the present RX 5700 and 5700 XT graphics playing cards, AMD will reportedly debut a brand new RX 5500 XT in December, with a number of reminiscence choices, and an RX 5600 XT in some unspecified time in the future in January subsequent 12 months.
The launch lineup of AMD’s RX 5000-series was spectacular, however restricted. Whereas the 5700 XT and 5700 supplied credible competitors for Nvidia’s RTX 2070 and 2060 (and to a lesser extent the Tremendous variants), two graphics playing cards is a restricted GPU vary, even for a brand new structure like RDNA. Whereas AMD followers await a second technology of RDNA graphics playing cards that push the upper-end of efficiency, the RX 5500 XT and 5600 XT look set to flesh out the decrease finish of AMD’s fashionable GPU lineup.
AMD formally introduced the RX 5500 in October, however only a few particulars have been launched about it since, and we’re nonetheless uncertain when will probably be launched. Videocardz is assured that the place the RX 5500 might stay an OEM half, the 5500 XT will debut as a devoted gaming graphics card this month (December). It’ll reportedly are available in two configurations, one with 4GB of GDDR6, and one other with 8GB. Each will function the identical 128-bit reminiscence bus, however particulars like core counts and clock speeds stay unknown presently.
We’ll want to attend for third-party testing to offer us an concept of what the actual efficiency of those playing cards might be like, however since early leaked benchmarks recommend the OEM RX 5500 approached RX 580 efficiency, it could make sense if the RX 5500 XT might equal or surpass it at a aggressive value and with a lot decrease energy and thermal calls for. That might push down the RX 590, RX 580, and RX 570 to decrease costs as inventory clears, giving an expansive lineup of AMD playing cards whereas we await a new-generation of Navi to additional broaden the trendy choices.
However this brings to query what the RX 5600 XT will carry out like. With the RX 5500 XT pushing the RX 580/590 down the product stack, and the RX 5700 doing the identical to the Vega 64, it could make sense if the RX 5600 XT was extra of an analog for a barely sooner Vega 56.
Particulars of its real-world efficiency and specs are nearly nonexistent, however Videocardz has heard inform that it’s going to sport a 192-bit reminiscence bus — that sits it completely between the RX 5700 and 5500 XT — together with 6GB of GDDR6. That looks as if an odd alternative contemplating the 5500 XT will provide an 8GB configuration.
All indicators level to an early 2020 launch for that card, although whether or not it’s in January or a little bit afterward is tough to nail down. Whether it is priced competitively with dwindling Vega 56 inventory, that would see the 5600 XT launch at a value someplace between $250 and $300, which might make it a really enticing various to Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Ti and newly launched GTX 1660 Tremendous.
We don’t have lengthy to attend to seek out out extra about these playing cards. Whether or not the December launch prediction for the RX 5500 XT holds true or not, with CES 2020 simply across the nook in January subsequent 12 months, we’ll hear much more about what AMD has deliberate for the subsequent 12 months. With AMD’s Ryzen 3000 and Threadripper processors cleansing up within the CPU house, it’ll little question wish to ape that success within the GPU house, if it may.