PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT Review!

Metro Exodus + AOTS Benchmark Results | Our Verdict!

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a relatively new first-person shooter game, released in February 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Ultra settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440

1080p Gaming Resolution

Metro Exodus 1080p results

At 1080p, the PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT tied with the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, and they were both about 25% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060.

1440p Gaming Resolution

Metro Exodus 1440p results

The PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT again tied with the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, and they were both now 28% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a 2016 game that supports multi-core processing and asynchronous compute.

We tested it on three resolutions using the DirectX 12 API at the Extreme settings :

  • 1080p : 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p : 2560 x 1440

1080p Gaming Resolution

AOTS 1080p results

At 1080p, the PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT actually beat the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, and was 24% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060!

1440p Gaming Resolution

AOTS 1440p results

When we kicked the resolution up a notch though, the PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT was slightly (4%) slower than the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, albeit 23% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT : Our Verdict

The PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT, as it is properly called, is a no-frills 8 GB example of the Radeon RX 5500 XT.

Aesthetically, it comes with a backplate and nothing else. Look elsewhere if you “need” RGB lighting.

However, if you are only interested in performance, especially quiet performance, then this might just be the RX 5500 XT card for you.

PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT (Red Dragon) Review!

It comes with a large heat pipe cooler with dual fans that will not spin unless things get really toasty. The large dual-fan cooler also gives you more leeway for overclocking.

That said, we do not quite like the fact that the hot air isn’t exhausted out of the card, and instead recirculates within the case.

Its performance is surprisingly good at this price point. It readily delivers frame rates in excess of 60 fps at 1080p, even for AAA titles with high graphics settings.

The only exception is Metro Exodus, where it just hit 40 fps at 1080p using the Ultra settings. You will need to reduce its graphics settings to hit 60 fps.

You will also be glad to know that it will come bundled with a free game – Iceborne Master Edition, as well as a free 3-month Xbox Game Pass subscription!

But its price could be a little lower, especially since the GTX 1650 SUPER only costs $159, with the faster GTX 1660 SUPER at $229.

But all-in-all, this is a decent package from AMD and PowerColor for anyone looking for a sub-$200 graphics card. It’s certainly not the fastest kid on the block, but it will get the job done for those on a budget!

 

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