Japanese AIBs Revive AMD’s Radeon RX 550 for $155

AMD either has started to provide Japan-based add-in board (AIB) partners with quantities of Polaris 12 GPUs, or a company has unearthed piles of old stocks, allowing them to release new Radeon RX 550 graphics cards. Hermitage Akihabara reports that AMD’s 2017 vintage low-end GPUs have recently become available in Japan at least four major retailers/etailers.

At the time of writing, the AMD Radeon RX 550 re-release might be widespread in Japan, but it is limited to an AIB whose brand name translates to “Expert-Oriented.” The RX 550 initially launched in 2GB and 4GB varieties, and the Expert-Oriented model is just the 4GB version, which is one small blessing in 2022.

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Expert-Oriented Radeon RX 550 box detail

Expert-Oriented Radeon RX 550 box detail (Image credit: Hermitage Akihabara)
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Expert-Oriented Radeon RX 550 box

Expert-Oriented Radeon RX 550 box (Image credit: Hermitage Akihabara)
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Expert-Oriented Radeon RX 550

Expert-Oriented Radeon RX 550 (Image credit: Expert-Oriented)