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AMD introduces Radeon RX 5500 series for 'high-fidelity gaming at 1080p'

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What you need to know

  • AMD announced Radeon RX 5500 series graphics.
  • The series is designed for smooth 1080p gameplay.
  • It utilizes 7NM RDNA gaming architecture.

AMD announced the Radeon RX 5500 series today. The graphics products are designed to deliver smooth gameplay in 1080p. The graphics products feature 7NM RDNA gaming architecture, making them more efficient and powerful than some competing cards. The series includes the RX 5500 graphics card that will be available in PCs from a variety of manufacturers, including Acer, HP, Lenovo, and MSI.

The AMD Radeon RX 5500 series provides up to 37 percent faster performance than competing chips, according to AMD. The Radeon RX Twitter handle shared a video unveiling the series today. The video focuses on the card's efficiency, responsiveness, and ability to deliver up to 90 FPS for eSports gaming.

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The Radeon RX 5500 has up to 1.6 times the gaming performance-per-watt than current Radeon graphics cards that use the Graphics Core Next architecture, AMD says.

The new line of GPUs takes advantage of several technologies, including Radeon Image Sharpening, AMD FidelityFX, and Radeon Anti-Lag.

As reported by PC World, the Radeon RX 5500 GPU will be released in laptops and desktops from PC makers, rather than as a discrete graphics card that can be purchased separately by users, at least initially. Devices running the Radeon RX 5500 GPUs will begin appearing in October 2019. For now, have a look at our collection of the best graphics card options available.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at

  • Nice, I wonder how it will stack up against my RX580? or should I just upgrade later down?
  • Correction to my comment, it's a +20% boost in performance over the 480.
  • I saw a chart on hardware unboxed that shows I believe +12% performance boost over the 480. Maybe that will give you some idea.