New variations of AMD’s outdated Radeon RX 550 have began cropping up on the market in Japan, and so they’re not notably low cost. It’s really an indication of determined instances that we’d see these low finish choices from 2017 resurrected at these 2022 costs.
In keeping with Tom’s Hardware, these new outdated playing cards are utilizing Polaris 12 GPUs and have grow to be obtainable in Japan at a number of main on-line and brick and mortar outlets. The boards are all launched by the identical model named “Skilled-Oriented” when translated from Japanese to English. There’s hypothesis as as to whether AMD has began to produce this explicit board accomplice with the GPUs or if the model simply uncovered a bunch of unused inventory.
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Nonetheless, another time and also you’d be bonkers for anticipating to get the equal of $155 USD for a five-year-old card. These new variations did get a bump to 4GB of VRAM, and have a pleasant low profile design, measuring 67mm in size, 68mm tall, and 16mm thick. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless no excuse. There’s additionally expectedly no show port output, and solely two HDMI 2.1 ports besides. It’s a small, single slot GPU, that may undoubtedly, possibly play some older or much less demanding video games.
It is also that the cardboard was launched in response to crypto mining. Whereas having a little bit of a lull in the mean time, mining for crypto-currencies has taken an enormous toll on the graphics card market. GPUs have been in excessive demand partly due to the chip shortages, but in addition resulting from miners shopping for up all of the viable playing cards. Due to this, we’ve been seeing the odd launch like this one or the ASRock RX 550 release from just a few years’ again simply to fill any attainable demand.
For what it’s price, we didn’t suggest you purchase that RX 550 for gaming again in 2019, and regardless of having some additional VRAM we actually don’t suppose you need to decide up one in every of these playing cards both. Prices on GPUs already look to be dropping in 2022 which is nice information. However, it does make me marvel if we’ll see as many bizarre releases as these when issues lastly relax someday sooner or later.