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AMD fully launches the Radeon RX 5500 XT

AMD has released custom variants of its AMD RX 5500 XT graphics card, meaning there's anew budget GPU option out there for those looking to save a buck.

Radeon PC GFX card with red logo

The term launch has become somewhat complicated by AMD over this year. We’ve had graphics cards launch in limited variations or for limited platforms, we’ve had CPUs launch but with insufficient stock so that the launch date has acted more of a commencement on waiting lists, there are usually good explanations for all these situations, but it has made things a tricky. That being said, yes, AMD has finally fully launched the Radeon RX 5500 XT. The custom board partner versions that have been the missing piece are on the shelves. The RX 5500 XT is at 100% launched. Without Elon Musk going on another shooting stuff into orbit bender this is as launched as the RX 5500 XT is going to get.

The RX 5500 XT is a Navi 14 GPU with 1408 stream processors on a base clock of 1670MHz to a boost of 1845MHz. There are 4GB and 8GB versions and both use GDDR6 on a 128bit bus. The custom variants might well fiddle with the clock speeds but one thing that is a recurring theme from what we’ve seen is the replacement of the classic blower cooler with fans. Usually two, but Gigabyte managed to cram a third on there somehow.

The RX 5500 XT drops into the graphics card lineup in the space previously occupied by the Radeon RX 590 at a price point around the $169 USD MSRP for the 4GB version and $199 USD for the 8GB. How the custom variants stack up to the Nvidia cards around this price range remains to be seen.