AMD looks to be expanding their ever-growing lineup of hardware by preparing a further two graphics cards for release, the Radeon RX 5500M, and Radeon RX5300M. While we have already heard some news on the desktop versions of these cards, it’s good to know mobile platforms won’t be left out.
We know that both of these GPUs will be created on the 7nm process and look set to go up against Nvidia’s mid-range GTX cards. The main difference these cards will have over their Nvidia counterparts is the 7nm based platform they use. With Nvidia still yet to adopt a sub-10nm process, now is the best time for AMD to stamp their claim on the market.
AMD 7nm Radeon Cards
Not only are these new GPUs based on the 7nm process that Nvidia has yet to adopt, but they will also feature GDDR6 memory. This looks to give them a huge advantage over its competitors in the mobile market. As always, this healthy competition is something Nvidia will have to respond to soon, or risk falling behind.
Some of the specifications of this card have been reported on Wccftech over the last couple of days. A quick summary of these findings shows that the new Radeon RX 5500M mobility GPU will be based on the RDNA architecture and have a total of 1408 cores. As mentioned previously, it will feature GDDR6 memory which will be clocked at around 14Gbps with the GPU being able to boost all the way up to 1645 MHz.
Comparing these specs to the card’s likely competitor - Nvidia's GTX 1650, shows the card to be a strong competitor. Compared to the GDDR6 memory and the total cores the RX 5500M has, the GTX 1650 boasts a 12nm process, GDDR5 memory and 1024 cores that have the ability to boost to 1560 MHz. The RX 5500M clearly comes out on top here and could be the go-to card for new buyers.
What About Pricing?
We don’t yet know how AMD will price these upcoming cards. Historically AMD hasn’t been too outlandish in their pricing structure. The problem comes with what other components will be included in the laptops that house these cards. With a Ryzen 7 processor likely going to be featured alongside this GPU, we could see laptops being priced towards more of a middle to high-end budget.
If AMD manages to hit a good price/performance mark on these cards, it will put a lot of pressure on Nvidia to come up with their own offering. With AMD looking to slip into this gap in the market, they look to be doing so with a great card at the very least.
If these benchmarks and specs turn out to be accurate, we believe that the Radeon RX 5300M will be a worthy competitor to Nvidia’s GTX 1650 and similar cards. While we are still neck-deep in release season, it will be interesting to see if Nvidia has a response to this in the works or if they will focus their attention elsewhere.
With the mobile market wide open at the moment, AMD bringing more cards into the mix will give consumers even more choice when picking their laptops. After all, if you’re spending up to £1,000 on a machine, you want it to be perfect!