In anticipation of a new batch of NAVI GPUs speculatively expected to release this October, reports of new cards joining AMD's product line are popping up. Among these is the expectation that AMD will release a bevy of entry-level models to replace the Polaris 500-series, including a Radeon RX 5300 and Radeon RX 5500, alongside the existing high-end RDNA architecture-based RX 5700 launched during the summer.
AMD Navi GPUs
The two rumored cards will ostensibly use Navi 12 and Navi 14 GPUs and tally up with the existing naming structure of the Ryzen 5300, 5500, 5700 - the number rising in line with the price point and performance of the GPU.
The naming is particularly insightful as it correlates with comments made by Radeon GM Scott Herkelman earlier this year. He said AMD would be adopting a more streamlined naming scheme moving forward to make it easier for users to recognize where a specific card sits in its generational hierarchy.
The plan is to keep this consistent across the next 5 to 10 year time period. The Radeon RX 5300 and RX 5500 names would fit into that new policy carrying over the nomenclature from the Ryzen series.
What We Know
Alongside the naming scheme, the RX 5300 was seen as part of a specification sheet for an HP build list earlier this year by ComputerBase, specifically as Radeon RX 5300 XT, while the RX 5500 was branded about in EEC registration documentation by GPU manufacturer Sapphire.
The RX 5300 is expected to boast 4 GB of GDDR 5 and use a Navi 14 chip with 24 CUs, placing it firmly within the budget range. The RX 5500, on the other hand, is presumed to use Navi 12 tech with somewhere between 32 and 36 CUs. No word on VRAM count, but anywhere up from 6 GB is a good bet.
If the rumors turn out to be correct, then next month should provide much-needed insight into AMD's plans on the budget to mid-range front.