AMD Radeon RX 5500 Much Faster than NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1650

Little Navi may still be under wraps but AMD’s partners have gotten their hands on the Radeon RX 5500 and 5500M for use in pre-built desktops and laptops, respectively. Till now, we have had no info on the performance figures of these cards, but AMD has slipped up and one curious Redditor has discovered the entire marketing material dedicated to the 5500 series. This includes the specs, gaming benchmarks and of course comparisons to competitor GeForce cards.

As per AMD, the Radeon RX 5500 will be 35-40% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with a lead of as much as 85% in tiles like World War Z. It appears that the RX 5500 is the 1650 replacement we’ve all been waiting for. Of course, NVIDIA is going to release the GTX 1650 Super in November too, but looking at these figures, I bet it’ll be priced much more aggressively to keep up with Little Navi.

Both the RX 5500 and the 5500M feature 22CUs based on the Navi architecture and 4GB GDDR6 memory with a TDP cap of just 110W and 85W, respectively. They are both paired with a 128-bit bus, same as the 1650 but the faster memory helps yield a higher bandwidth.

NVIDIA can expect hefty competition for the GTX 1650 especially in the laptop segment. Most AMD based gaming laptops are paired with the GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti. The coming of the 5500M will pave the way for an all AMD configuration, from CPU to GPU, no doubt bringing the prices down in the process.

Like the higher-end Navi parts, the 5500 cards will also support FidelityFX, FreeSync, Anti-Lag, and Image Sharpening. It is very likely, that the Radeon RX 5500’s lead over the GTX 1650 will hover in the 30-35% range. The large deltas are probably in the memory-bound titles where the GDDR6 memory on the Navi part helps it get ahead.


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