Radeon Pro W5500 Is A Budget Price Workstation GPU

Posted by at 4:29 pm on February 12, 2020

AMD has launched the Radeon Pro W5500 graphics card this week.

The latest addition to AMD’s Pro family is a budget graphics card based on Navi 14. As the name suggests, Radeon Pro W5500 is a Professional version of Radeon RX 5500 XT and continues to use a 7nm process. The interface is PCI Express Gen 4 x8 (or Gen 3 x16 on older systems) and the graphics chip uses RDNA architecture.

A full Navi 14 chip has 1,536 Stream Processors however AMD tells us Radeon Pro W5500 has ‘Less compute units’ which suggests 1,408 to match the gaming graphics cards.  AMD is quoting performance ‘up to 5.35 TFLOPS (FP32).

AMD has equipped the Radeon Pro W5500 with 8GB GDDR6 graphics memory (up to 14Gbps) with a 128-bit controller. The Nvidia Quadro P2200 uses GGDR5X.   The card also supports PCIe 4.0 connections, while still running on any PCIe 3 slots in PC or in eGPU enclosures. It is also a single-width, full-height card. Dur note the he Nvidia Quadro P2200 only supports PCIe 3.0.

While scaled back from the W5700, AMD insists the W5500 is still a great card for the workplace, including for visualizations and VR applications.

The Radeon Pro W5500 graphics card will be going on sale in mid-February, priced at $399.

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