PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT Review!

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The PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT is one of the few to come with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, and we got our grubby hands on one!

Here is our review of the PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card!

PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT (Red Dragon) Review!


AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT : A Quick Primer

The AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT is basically the desktop version of the Radeon RX 5500M, using the same GPU with 6.4 billion transistors fabricated on the 7 nm process technology.

This Navi GPU has 22 Compute Units with 1408 stream processors and a 128-bit memory interface. The only difference is the Radeon RX 5500 XT has higher clock speeds and TDP, with up to 8 GB of GDDR6 memory.

The AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT designed to deliver 1080p gaming at 60+ fps for AAA titles, and 90+ fps for esport games.

To reduce costs, AMD opted to use a PCI Express 4.0 x8 interface, instead of the PCIe 4.0 x16 interface. But if paired with a PCIe 4.0 chipset, it will deliver the same bandwidth as PCIe 3.0 x16.

Recommended : AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Tech Report + Video Briefing!


AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Specifications

In this table, we compare its specifications against its more powerful brethren – the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT.

Please note that this is an AIB-only model, and as far as we are aware, it follows AMD reference specifications,.

SpecificationsRadeon RX
5700 XT
Radeon RX
Radeon RX
5500 XT
Transistors10.3 billion10.3 billion6.4 billion
Fab Process7 nm7 nm7 nm
Die Size251 mm²251 mm²158 mm²
Total Graphics Power225 W185 W130 W
Stream Processors256023401408
Game Clock1605 MHz1465 MHz1717 MHz
Boost Clock1905 MHz1725 MHz1845 MHz
Max. Texture Rate304.8 GT/s248.4 GT/s162.4 GT/s
Max. Pixel Rate121.9 GP/s110.4 GP/s59.0 GP/s
Memory Size8 GB8 GB4 GB / 8 GB
Bus Width256-bit256-bit128-bit
Bandwidth448 GB/s448 GB/s224 GB/s
PCIe InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x8


PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT Hands-On Experience

The PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT is a no-frills card. It comes in a decent cardboard box, and that’s it.

Here is a couple of key things we pointed out in our hands-on video :

  • it is one of the few Radeon RX 5500 XT models to come with 8 GB GDDR6 memory.
  • it has a large cooler with heat pipes and two fans
  • it has three display options – DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort
  • it requires an 8-pin PCI Express power cable


PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT In Action

Now, if you are looking for RGB bling, then the Red Dragon is not the card for you. But it comes with a backplate.

But more importantly, at least for us, it is really quiet. You can hear a slight whine, but it is quieter than the Ryzen 7 3700X‘s CPU cooler!

In fact, it runs cool enough that both fans will generally not spin up until it gets toasty, and spin down again when things cool down.

Next Page > PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT Up Close!

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