AMD launches Radeon RX 550 for 79 USD

Published: 20th Apr 2017, 13:42 GMT   Comments

AMD today announces the availability of Radeon RX 550, the new low-end card based on Polaris 12 graphics processor.

AMD Radeon RX 550: entry-level performance for 79 USD

The only new GPU in Polaris Refresh lineup, Polaris 12, has finally made an appearance. Although RX 550 costs only 20 USD less than RX 560, it actually features only half of the stream processor count — 512. We are looking at pure entry-level GPU, acting as a replacement for integrated graphics, rather than anything even remotely close to gaming processor.

The Radeon RX 550 features 512 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Mapping Units and 16 ROPs. The base clock is set to 1100 MHz and boost clock to 1183 MHz. It comes in 2GB and 4GB variants. The memory subsystem is 128-bit wide and supports GDDR5 modules.

According to AMD website, this card will be available with 10 Compute Units (640 Stream Processors), although it may be only for system builders (OEM).

AMD Radeon RX 500 Series Specifications
 April 20th, 2017Radeon RX 580Radeon RX 570Radeon RX 560Radeon RX 550
GPUPolaris 20 XTR/XTXPolaris 20 XLPolaris 11Polaris 12
Cores
 
2304
 
2048
 
1024
 
512
TMUs
 
144
 
128
 
64
 
32
ROPs
 
32
 
32
 
16
 
16
Base Clock
 
1257 MHz
 
1168 MHz
 
1175 MHz
 
1100 MHz
Boost Clock
 
1340 MHz
 
1244 MHz
 
1257 MHz
 
1183 MHz
Memory Clock
 
8000 MHz
 
7000 MHz
 
7000 MHz
 
7000 MHz
Memory
 
8/4 GB G5
 
8/4 GB G5
 
4/2 GB G5
 
4/2 GB G5
Memory Bus
 
256-bit
 
256-bit
 
128-bit
 
128-bit
Bandwidth
 
256 GB/s
 
224 GB/s
 
112 GB/s
 
112 GB/s
Typical Board Power
 
185W
 
150W
 
80W
 
50W
MSRP
 
229 USD
 
169 USD
 
99 USD
 
79 USD

PCWorld already has a review of this card and it appears to still hold some ‘gaming’ horsepower, although most games will require very low settings to consider it playable. Meanwhile, total system power draw jumps to 96.4 Watts under load, while it oscillated around 53W when card is not in use.

AMD Radeon RX 550 models


 
KUROUTOSHIKOU RX 550 2GB
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : Lexa PRO Base Clock : 1100 MHz
Cores : 512 Boost Clock : 1183 MHz
TMUs : 32 Memory Clock : 7 Gbps
ROPs : 16 Memory : 2 GB GDDR5 128b


 
SAPPHIRE RX 550 2GB PULSE
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : Lexa PRO Base Clock : 1100 MHz
Cores : 512 Boost Clock : 1206 MHz (+1.9%)
TMUs : 32 Memory Clock : 7 Gbps
ROPs : 16 Memory : 2 GB GDDR5 128b


 
SAPPHIRE RX 550 4GB PULSE
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : Lexa PRO Base Clock : 1100 MHz
Cores : 512 Boost Clock : 1206 MHz (+1.9%)
TMUs : 32 Memory Clock : 7 Gbps
ROPs : 16 Memory : 4 GB GDDR5 128b


 
POWERCOLOR RX 550 2GB
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : Lexa PRO Base Clock : 1100 MHz
Cores : 512 Boost Clock : 1190 MHz (+0.6%)
TMUs : 32 Memory Clock : 7 Gbps
ROPs : 16 Memory : 2 GB GDDR5 128b


 
GIGABYTE RX 550 2GB
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : Lexa PRO Base Clock : 1100 MHz
Cores : 512 Boost Clock : 1195 MHz (+1.0%)
TMUs : 32 Memory Clock : 7 Gbps
ROPs : 16 Memory : 2 GB GDDR5 128b


 
GIGABYTE RX 550 2GB GAMING OC
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : Lexa PRO Base Clock : 1100 MHz
Cores : 512 Boost Clock : 1219 MHz (+3.0%)
TMUs : 32 Memory Clock : 7 Gbps
ROPs : 16 Memory : 2 GB GDDR5 128b


 
MSI RX 550 4GB AERO ITX OC
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : Lexa PRO Base Clock : 1100 MHz
Cores : 512 Boost Clock : 1203 MHz (+1.7%)
TMUs : 32 Memory Clock : 7 Gbps
ROPs : 16 Memory : 4 GB GDDR5 128b


 
MSI RX 550 4GB AERO ITX
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : Lexa PRO Base Clock : 1100 MHz
Cores : 512 Boost Clock : 1183 MHz
TMUs : 32 Memory Clock : 7 Gbps
ROPs : 16 Memory : 4 GB GDDR5 128b


 
MSI RX 550 2GB AERO ITX OC
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : Lexa PRO Base Clock : 1100 MHz
Cores : 512 Boost Clock : 1203 MHz (+1.7%)
TMUs : 32 Memory Clock : 7 Gbps
ROPs : 16 Memory : 2 GB GDDR5 128b


 
MSI RX 550 2GB AERO ITX
Specs provided by VideoCardz.NET Database
GPU : Lexa PRO Base Clock : 1100 MHz
Cores : 512 Boost Clock : 1183 MHz
TMUs : 32 Memory Clock : 7 Gbps
ROPs : 16 Memory : 2 GB GDDR5 128b

 




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