Conclusion

These are a rendering of a “reference” design from AMD for the Radeon RX 5500 Series.  These will no doubt be smaller video cards not requiring the level of cooling the RX 5700 Series needs.  Interesting is that these show an axial fan design, versus the blower-style design on the Radeon RX 5700 Series. Of course, manufacturer cards will offer their own uniqueness.

Final Points

There isn’t much to say really, we do not have the cards in hand and we don’t know pricing, product model specifications and when they will be available.  There’s a lot of missing information that will make or break this new lineup of video cards.  If these video cards are priced right, they should offer better performance and features than Polaris and GPUs prior to them.  They should also be much more cost-effective for AMD and produce better yields with the new 7nm RDNA architecture. 

We don’t know yet if this will be a solid upgrade path from Polaris which is two years old now, but it might be a great upgrade option for anyone on Radeon RX 480 Ellesmere GPUs that are three years old now.  We will just have to wait and see. 

At any rate, it looks like AMD will have a solid video card lineup of NAVI RDNA based 7nm GPUs to cater to both the 1080p and 1440p gamer for this holiday season.  Too bad AMD doesn’t yet have anything for the 4K gamer, here’s hoping there’s a bigger NAVI on the wings.

Discussion

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Brent Justice

Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components for 20+ years, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer-oriented...