AMD has silently launched the Radeon RX 5300 for budget-conscious gamers with a very affordable price-tag of $129. Based on the Navi 14 die, same as the Radeon RX 5500 XT, the 5300 is set to go up against the GeForce GTX 1650, one of NVIDIA’s most popular graphics cards.
Update: AMD just confirmed that the RX 5300 will be an OEM exclusive. As such, don’t expect to see it in the retail market. There’s also no recommended price from AMD as a result.
As per AMD’s official figures, the Radeon RX 5300 is as much as 45% faster than NVIDIA’s GTX 1650, all the while costing a good deal less. In eSports titles like PUBG, Call of Duty and Battlefield V, the RX 5300 delivers an average of 70 FPS using the high-ultra preset at 1080p.
This was one of the more silent Navi launches, perhaps because of the 3GB VRAM buffer, lower than all the other RX 5000 series cards. For a while now, AMD has been campaigning in favor of its 8GB graphics cards, claiming that 4GB is no longer enough. As such, it comes as no surprise that this was a quiet launch.
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 5700 XT||Radeon RX 5700||Radeon RX 5600 XT||Radeon RX 5500 XT||Radeon RX 5300|
|Die||Navi 10||Navi 10||Navi 10||Navi 14||Navi 14|
|TMUs/ ROPs||160 / 64||144 / 64||144 / 64||88 / 32||88 / 32|
|Base Clock||1605 MHz||1465 MHz||1130 MHz||1670 MHz||TBD|
|Boost Clock||1905 MHz||1725 MHz||1560 MHz||1845 MHz||1645 MHz|
|VRAM||8 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6||6 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6|
4 GB GDDR6
|3 GB GDDR6|
|Bandwidth||448 GB/s||448 GB/s||288 GB/s||224 GB/s||168 GB/s|
|Price||$399 US||$349 US||$279 US||$169 US (4 GB)|
$199 US (8 GB)
|Launch||7th July 2019||7th July 2019||21st January, 2020||7th October 2019||28th August, 2020|
Looking at the specs, the RX 5300 is quite similar to the RX 5500 XT, featuring the same 1408 cores and ROP|TMU configuration. The difference is in terms of the memory and bandwidth. It packs half as much memory (3GB vs 6GB) and is paired with a 96-bit bus while the 5500 XT has a 128-bit bus. Therefore, the actual raster performance shouldn’t vary by much, especially at 1080p. However, you will have to reduce the texture detail in games that use more than 4GB of memory. By now, you might have figured it out. The RX 5300 relates to the RX 5500 XT, same as the RX 5600 XT does to the RX 5700: The same GPU, albeit with a cut-down VRAM buffer.