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.
I posted a table here, but now this version cuts it down even further?
It's a 512-shader version, with only 2 GB of RAM, but the former 128-bit memory interface is now 64-bit, AND the memory clock is now 6000 instead of 7000. I suspect this will push performance below the GT 1030.
They're going to have to sell this one REAL cheap if they don't want a bunch of GPU-shaped paperweights.
I think folks aren't understanding that gamers account for a very small percentage of PC users. This is a fine card, better than most if not all integrated parts, for multi monitor setups and home theater applications along with business applications usage.
But which variant of the RX550 did you have? The one with 512 shaders, or 640 shaders? Either one of those could be equipped with 2GB or 4GB of 7000MHz GDDR5, with a 128-bit interface. In the hierarchy chart, the RX550-512 4GB is what I think was used, and it's ahead of the GT 1030. This new "even-further-cut-down" one, though...
Also pretty terrible. Call it the 1030LE or something.
Though, AMD is kind of ridiculous with the now FIVE variants of the RX 550.