AMD launches Radeon RX 5500 XT GPU for 1080p gaming

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT GPU
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT GPU (Image credit: AMD)

What you need to know

  • AMD launched the Radeon RX 5500 XT GPU today.
  • The GPU runs on AMD's RDNA gaming architecture and comes with up to 8GB of memory.
  • The GPU is available today starting at $169.

AMD launched the Radeon RX 5500 XT GPU today after initially teasing it in October. The new graphics processor runs on AMD's RDNA gaming architecture and aims to deliver solid 1080p gaming at a budget-friendly price. It's available with up to 8GB of memory and supports several features to smooth out gameplay, including AMD Radeon Anti-Lag, AMD Radeon Boost, AMD Image Sharpening, and AMD FidelityFX. The Radeon RX 5500 XT GPU is available today, starting at $169 for the 4GB version. The 8GB version costs $199

AMD built the Radeon RX 5500 XT GPU for 1080p gaming. It's built on a 7nm process technology and supports PCIe Express 4.0 technology. It also has high-speed GDDR6 memory. AMD states that the GPU delivers 60FPS on select AAA games and up to 90+ FPS in "select top esports titles."

AMD points out that 64 percent of gamers play at 1080p, according to the November 2019 Steam survey. Many gamers choose to keep their resolution at 1080p to achieve smoother framerates and performance.

AMD highlights the fact that the Radeon RX 5500 XT GPU runs on its RDNA Architecture several times in its AMD Newsroom post. AMD states that this architecture "provides up to 1.6X higher gaming performance-per-watt than Radeon graphics cards based on the prior-generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture."

The company also highlights that AMD Radeon Anti-Lag brings up to 22 percent more responsiveness and that AMD Radeon Boost brings up to a 20 percent performance boost during fast-motion gaming scenarios. AMD Radeon Boost does this by "reducing image resolution, increasing framerates and fluidity, and bolstering responsiveness," according to AMD.

You can read the full spec sheet and details about the GPU on AMD's website. If you're checking out GPUs, you might as well have a look at our roundup of the best graphics cards available now.

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