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Asus Phoenix Radeon 550: Old Card Rises From the Ashes

ASUS Phoenix Radeon 550 GPU
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The Polaris architecture may be four years old, and also be two generations (Vega and Navi) behind the times but Asus have resurrected this product line with the Asus Phoenix Radeon 550 (PH-550-2G) (opens in new tab) which is based on the Polaris 12 GPU and comes with 2GB of GDDR5 RAM. The card is able to output to three screens at once via DVI, Displayport 1.4 and HDMI 2.0b which is capable of upto 4k at 60Hz but don’t expect to be gaming with this card, as it is based on an older architecture. This appears to be a budget card for compact builds.

The Asus Phoenix Radeon 550 looks to be a replacement to the now end of life Phoenix Radeon RX 550 released in 2017. The Asus Phoenix Radeon 550 has only half the RAM and with it only half the memory interface of the older Phoenix Radeon RX 550.

Right now there are no indications on price but we hope that it falls around the price of a used RX550, otherwise this card may languish in the warehouse.

Les Pounder is an associate editor at Tom's Hardware. He is a creative technologist and for seven years has created projects to educate and inspire minds both young and old. He has worked with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to write and deliver their teacher training program "Picademy".