AMD announced the impending launch of a Radeon RX 5500 GPU series in early October, and now the Radeon RX 5500 XT has now been launched. With this new GPU, AMD is targeting gamers who want high performance at 1920×1080 without spending too much. According to AMD, gamers who play at 1920×1080 and 2560×1440 represent over 90 percent of the market, and the company is targeting these two groups with the new Radeon RX 5500 and the previously launched Radeon RX 5700 series respectively. There has not been any mention of other GPU models within the Radeon RX 5500 family, at least not yet, although the Radeon RX 5500 XT will be available in versions with either 4GB or 8GB of VRAM.
In India, AMD has announced indicative starting prices of Rs. 12,990 and Rs. 14,990 (both excluding taxes) for the 4GB and 8GB versions of the Radeon RX 5500 XT. Graphics cards in both configurations should be available from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock, Sapphire, XFX, and PowerColor in various parts of the world starting today. Asus has announced that its customised Asus Dual Evo 5500 XT (8GB) model will be available priced starting at Rs. 17,500 in India, while a Strix series model (also 8GB) will cost Rs. 19,500 and go on sale a week from today.
The AMD Radeon RX 5300 launches at a time when the red team is close to introducing its 2nd Gen RDNA based GPUs. AMD has confirmed that it will focus on the high-end & enthusiast segment first with its RDNA 2 lineup so the Radeon RX 5300’s launch could make sense if the entry-level products are planned for launch next year.
AMD Radeon RX 5300 Graphics Card Specifications
Coming to the specifications, the AMD Radeon RX 5300 features the Navi 14 GPU. This is the same GPU that powers the Radeon RX 5500 XT lineup of cards. The GPU is composed of 22 CUs or 1408 stream processors which is also the same as the Radeon RX 5500 XT. The main differences lie with-in the clock speeds and memory configuration.
The AMD Radeon RX 5300 features a game frequency of 1448 MHz and a boost frequency of 1645 MHz. That’s an 18% difference in-game & a 12% difference in peak frequency when compared with the Radeon RX 5500 XT. The GPU offers a peak compute performance of 4.63 TFLOPs versus the 5 TFLOPs compute power of the RX 5500 XT.
The graphics card also comes with a reduced memory capacity of 3 GB versus the 4 GB GDDR6 memory on the base RX 5500 XT model. The GDDR6 memory runs at pin speeds of 14 Gbps but since it features a 96-bit bus, the memory bandwidth is reduced to 168 GB/s versus 224 GB/s on the RX 5500 XT. As for the TDP figures, the Radeon RX 5500 XT comes in a 100W TBP which is 30 Watts lower than the RX 5500 XT. The card requires a single 8-pin connector to boot.
AMD Radeon RX 5300 Graphics Card Performance
As for performance, AMD is targetting the Radeon RX 5300 at an entry-level 1080p gaming card. It is compared to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (overclocked) and delivers up to 45% better graphics performance in Battlefield 5 in high settings. NVIDIA has replaced the GeForce GTX 1650 with the SUPER variant which comes with a similar price point and far better performance so that might be a more valid comparison. We have yet to see how well the thermals and power consumption the RX 5300 handles.
The retail availability for the card isn’t announced yet but considering that the Radeon RX 5500 XT 4 GB variant costs $169 US, the Radeon RX 5300 3 GB graphics card should feature a price point well below $150 US.