AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 isn’t available as a separate component to DIY PC builders. Instead, only the company’s partners and OEMs have access to it for use in pre-built PCs and laptops. That’s a shame really as the official benchmarks paint it as an excellent budget graphics card.
For those of you wanting to get a taste of Little Navi, you’ll have to wait for the RX 5500 XT which is expected to hit retail by the end of November. It will most likely feature the full Navi 14 die with 1536 Streaming processors and 8GB of GDDR6 memory. The 5500 comes in right below it with 1408 SPs and 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
As the RX 5500 is an OEM part, the exact pricing of the card is unknown, and there are no third-party benchmarks as such. However, we might be able to get an idea of the price of both the 5500 as well as the 5500 XT via one of AMD’s partner websites.
HP’s Pavilion Gaming Desktop powered by the Radeon RX 5500 and the Ryzen 5 3500 costs $669. The base model consisting of the Radeon RX 550 is $170 cheaper and the GTX 1650 is being offered for $50 less. The PC includes 8GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM, 1TB primary storage and all the standard features you get with a budget desktop. Considering that the 1650 costs 0, it’d be safe to assume that AMD is charging slightly less than 0 for the 5500 (OEMs get a discount as they buy in bulk). (Ultram)
The Intel equivalent featuring the Core i5-9400F is slightly costlier @ $689. It has the same base specifications (1TB HDD, RX 5500, 8GB DDR4 RAM). But here the delta between the GeForce GTX 1650 and the RX 5500 is just $40. On the other hand, getting the GTX 1660 is pricier by $10. The Ryzen variant can be upgraded to the 1660 for $60, but the Intel one demands $70. The same goes for the 1660 Ti as well as the RTX 2060.
Going by the same estimate, it’d be fair to assume that the RX 5500 XT (if and when it launches) will rock 1536 cores and 8GB/4GB of GDDR6 memory with a price tag of around $250, same as the GTX 1660 Super.