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Here Are The First AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Cards!

Here Are The First 22 AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Cards!

Unlike the Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT cards, the new AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT does not have a reference design – it is available only as custom-designed cards from AMD’s partners.

Here is a quick primer on the first slew of Radeon RX 5500 XT cards from ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX!

 

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT : The First Cards

If you want to skip ahead to the first twenty two RX 5500 XT cards, click on these links.

For a quick primer on the Radeon RX 5500 XT, scroll down. Don’t forget to check out our PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT 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 reference specifications against its more powerful brethren – the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT.

Again, please note that the RX 5500 XT is only available from AMD partners as custom cards, and could have different specifications.

Specifications Radeon RX
5700 XT
Radeon RX
5700
Radeon RX
5500 XT
Transistors 10.3 billion 10.3 billion 6.4 billion
Fab Process 7 nm 7 nm 7 nm
Die Size 251 mm² 251 mm² 158 mm²
Total Graphics Power 225 W 185 W 130 W
Stream Processors 2560 2340 1408
Base Clock 1605 MHz 1465 MHz 1607 MHz
Game Clock 1755 MHz 1625 MHz 1717 MHz
Boost Clock 1905 MHz 1725 MHz 1845 MHz
TMUs 160 144 88
Max. Texture Rate 304.8 GT/s 248.4 GT/s 162.4 GT/s
ROPs 64 64 32
Max. Pixel Rate 121.9 GP/s 110.4 GP/s 59.0 GP/s
Memory Size 8 GB 8 GB 4 GB / 8 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit
Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 224 GB/s
PCIe Interface PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x8

 

ASRock RX 5500 XT Challenger D 4G OC

This is an overclocked 4 GB variant with a dual fan cooler, a 78 MHz higher base clock and a 20 MHz higher game clock :

  • Base Clock : 1685 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1737 MHz
  • Boost Clock : 1845 MHz
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b
  • Polychrome SYNC
  • Dual Fan Design + Stylish Metal Backplate
  • 0dB Silent Cooling
  • ASRock Tweak

 

ASRock RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming D 8G OC

This is the 8 GB version of the Challenger card above, and comes with the same dual fan cooler, a 78 MHz higher base clock and a 20 MHz higher game clock :

  • Base Clock : 1685 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1737 MHz
  • Boost Clock : 1845 MHz
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b
  • Polychrome SYNC
  • Dual Fan Design + Stylish Metal Backplate
  • 0dB Silent Cooling
  • ASRock Tweak

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ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5500 XT

This is an overclocked 8 GB variant with a dual-fan cooler, and 20 MHz higher game and boost clocks.

  • Game Clock : 1737 MHz (OC / Gaming Mode)
  • Boost Clock : 1865 MHz (OC Mode) / 1845 MHz (Gaming Mode)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b
  • Axial-tech fan design features a smaller fan hub that facilitates longer blades and a barrier ring that increases downward air pressure.
  • 0dB technology lets you enjoy light gaming in relative silence.
  • Dual BIOS switch lets you toggle between Quiet and Performance BIOS profiles sans software.
  • Auto-Extreme Technology uses automation to enhance reliability.
  • Super Alloy Power II includes premium alloy chokes, solid polymer capacitors, and an array of high-current power stages.
  • A protective backplate secures components during transportation and installation.
  • ASUS FanConnect II equips a hybrid-controlled fan header for optimal system cooling.

 

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5500 XT OC 4G

This is an overclocked 4 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, a 40 MHz higher base clock and a 16 MHz higher game clock :

  • WINDFORCE 2X Cooling System with alternate spinning fans
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1733 MHz (Reference card is 1717 MHz)
  • Base Clock : 1647 MHz (Reference card is 1607 MHz)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

 

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5500 XT OC 8G

This is an overclocked 8 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, a 40 MHz higher base clock and a 16 MHz higher game clock :

  • WINDFORCE 2X Cooling System with alternate spinning fans
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1733 MHz (Reference card is 1717 MHz)
  • Base Clock : 1647 MHz (Reference card is 1607 MHz)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

Price + Availability (Accurate as of 16 December 2019)

 

GIGABYTE RX 5500 XT Gaming OC 4G

This is an overclocked 4 GB variant, with a triple-fan cooler, a 40 MHz higher base clock and a 16 MHz higher game clock :

  • WINDFORCE 3X Cooling System with alternate spinning fans
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1737 MHz (Reference card is 1717 MHz)
  • Base Clock : 1685 MHz (Reference card is 1607 MHz)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

 

GIGABYTE RX 5500 XT Gaming OC 8G

This is an overclocked 8 GB variant, with a triple-fan cooler, a 78 MHz higher base clock and a 20 MHz higher game clock :

  • WINDFORCE 3X Cooling System with alternate spinning fans
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1737 MHz (Reference card is 1717 MHz)
  • Base Clock : 1685 MHz (Reference card is 1607 MHz)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

Price + Availability (Accurate as of 16 December 2019)

Next Page > MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Cards!

 

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MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Mech 4G

This is a stock 4 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, and reference clock speeds

  • TORX Fan 3.0 with Dispersion Fan Blades
  • RGB Mystic Light + Afterburner OC Utility
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1717 MHz
  • Base Clock : 1607 MHz
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

 

MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Mech 8G

This is a stock 8 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, and reference clock speeds

  • TORX Fan 3.0 with Dispersion Fan Blades
  • RGB Mystic Light + Afterburner OC Utility
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1717 MHz
  • Base Clock : 1607 MHz
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

 

MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Mech 4G OC

This is an overclocked 4 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, 40 MHz higher base clock and 16 MHz higher game clock.

  • TORX Fan 3.0 with Dispersion Fan Blades
  • RGB Mystic Light + Afterburner OC Utility
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1733 MHz (Reference card is 1717 MHz)
  • Base Clock : 1647 MHz (Reference card is 1607 MHz)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

 

MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Mech 8G OC

This is an overclocked 8 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, 40 MHz higher base clock and 16 MHz higher game clock.

  • TORX Fan 3.0 with Dispersion Fan Blades
  • RGB Mystic Light + Afterburner OC Utility
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1733 MHz (Reference card is 1717 MHz)
  • Base Clock : 1647 MHz (Reference card is 1607 MHz)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

Price + Availability (Accurate as of 16 December 2019)

 

MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming 4G

This is an overclocked 4 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, a 40 MHz higher base clock and a 16 MHz higher game clock :

  • TORX Fan 3.0 with Dispersion Fan Blades
  • RGB Mystic Light + Afterburner OC Utility
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1733 MHz (Reference card is 1717 MHz)
  • Base Clock : 1647 MHz (Reference card is 1607 MHz)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

 

MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming 8G

This is an overclocked 8 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, a 40 MHz higher base clock and a 16 MHz higher game clock :

  • TORX Fan 3.0 with Dispersion Fan Blades
  • RGB Mystic Light + Afterburner OC Utility
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1733 MHz (Reference card is 1717 MHz)
  • Base Clock : 1647 MHz (Reference card is 1607 MHz)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

 

MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming X 4G

This is an overclocked 4 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, a 78 MHz higher base clock and a 20 MHz higher game clock :

  • TORX Fan 3.0 with Dispersion Fan Blades
  • RGB Mystic Light + Afterburner OC Utility
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1737 MHz (Reference card is 1717 MHz)
  • Base Clock : 1685 MHz (Reference card is 1607 MHz)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

 

MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming X 8G

This is an overclocked 8 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, a 78 MHz higher base clock and a 20 MHz higher game clock :

  • TORX Fan 3.0 with Dispersion Fan Blades
  • RGB Mystic Light + Afterburner OC Utility
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1737 MHz (Reference card is 1717 MHz)
  • Base Clock : 1685 MHz (Reference card is 1607 MHz)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

Price + Availability (Accurate as of 16 December 2019)

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PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT

This is a stock 4 GB variant, with a single-fan cooler, and reference clock speeds

  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1717 MHz
  • Base Clock : 1607 MHz
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x SL DVI-D

 

PowerColor Red Dragon RX 5500 XT

This is an overclocked 8 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, a 78 MHz higher base clock and a 20 MHz higher game clock :

  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1737 MHz (Reference card is 1717 MHz)
  • Base Clock : 1685 MHz (Reference card is 1607 MHz)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x SL DVI-D

Recommended : PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT Review!

 

Sapphire PULSE RX 5500 XT 4G

This is an overclocked 4 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, and a 20 MHz higher game clock :

  • Dual-X Cooler + TriXX Boost
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1737 MHz (Reference card is 1717 MHz)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

Price + Availability (Accurate as of 16 December 2019)

 

Sapphire PULSE RX 5500 XT 8G

This is an overclocked 8 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, and a 20 MHz higher game clock :

  • Dual-X Cooler + TriXX Boost
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1737 MHz (Reference card is 1717 MHz)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

Price + Availability (Accurate as of 16 December 2019)

 

Sapphire NITRO+ RX 5500 XT 8G SE

This is an overclocked 8 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, and a 20 MHz higher game clock :

  • Dual-X Cooler + TriXX Boost + NITRO Glow
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1737 MHz (Reference card is 1717 MHz)
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 2 x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI 2.0b

Price + Availability (Accurate as of 16 December 2019)

 

XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB THICC II Pro

This is a stock 84 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, and reference clock speeds :

  • XFX Zero DB Auto Load Sensing Fans
  • XFX THICC II Pro Cooler
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1717 MHz
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

Price + Availability (Accurate as of 16 December 2019)

 

XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB THICC II Pro

This is a stock 8 GB variant, with a dual-fan cooler, and reference clock speeds :

  • XFX Zero DB Auto Load Sensing Fans
  • XFX THICC II Pro Cooler
  • Boost Clock : up to 1845 MHz
  • Game Clock : 1717 MHz
  • GDDR6 Memory Clock : 1750 MHz (14 Gbps)
  • Display Ports : 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b

Price + Availability (Accurate as of 16 December 2019)

 

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PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT Review!

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!

 

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,.

Specifications Radeon RX
5700 XT
Radeon RX
5700
Radeon RX
5500 XT
Transistors 10.3 billion 10.3 billion 6.4 billion
Fab Process 7 nm 7 nm 7 nm
Die Size 251 mm² 251 mm² 158 mm²
Total Graphics Power 225 W 185 W 130 W
Stream Processors 2560 2340 1408
Game Clock 1605 MHz 1465 MHz 1717 MHz
Boost Clock 1905 MHz 1725 MHz 1845 MHz
TMUs 160 144 88
Max. Texture Rate 304.8 GT/s 248.4 GT/s 162.4 GT/s
ROPs 64 64 32
Max. Pixel Rate 121.9 GP/s 110.4 GP/s 59.0 GP/s
Memory Size 8 GB 8 GB 4 GB / 8 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit
Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 224 GB/s
PCIe Interface PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 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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PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT Up Close!

Here are some close-up shots of the PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT.

This is a simple but performance-focused design, with the backplate being the only aesthetic frill.

It’s notable that this card not only comes with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, but also a beefy heat pipe cooler with dual fans.

This card has a TDP of 130 watts, and requires an 8-pin PCI Express power cable.

There is one bad thing about the cooler though – it exhausts upwards and downwards, instead of out the back of the card. This means the hot exhaust gets recirculated within the case.

The PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT has three output options. From left to right, they are DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI. Incidentally, the vents above them are purely decorative.

 

AMD RDNA Architecture

The new RDNA architecture replaces the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture that powered the Vega 64 and Vega 56 cards.

The AMD RDNA architecture offers these advantages over the older GCN architecture :

  • New Compute Unit and SIMD design that delivers 1.25X better performance per clock
  • New multi-level cache hierarchy for reduced latency and power
  • Adds support for GDDR6 memory and PCI Express 4.0
  • New Radeon Media Engine with 4K encode and 8K decode capability for VP9, H.264 and HEVC

 

7 nm Process Technology

A key advantage the AMD Navi GPU has over the previous AMD Vega GPU is the finer 7 nm process technology it uses.

This change, together with the RDNA microarchitecture, lets the AMD Navi deliver 60% more performance per watt than the AMD Vega.

 

PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5500 XT Thermal Output

We recorded the peak exhaust temperatures of those cards, to see how much heat they throw out. Take a look…

Note that these are not the recorded temperatures, but how much hotter the exhaust air is above ambient temperature.

Not surprisingly, with the lowest total card power of 130 watts, the PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT has the lowest exhaust temperature in this comparison, by far!

Next Page > PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT Benchmarking Notes | 3DMark Results

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PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT Benchmarking Notes

In this review, we will take a look at its gaming performance, in comparison to 5 other graphics cards :

Here is a quick comparison of their key specifications :

Min. Texture
Fill Rate
Min. Pixel
Fill Rate
Memory
Size + Type
Memory
Bandwidth
Radeon RX Vega 64 319.2 GT/s 81.5 GP/s 8 GB HBM2 484 GB/s
Radeon RX 5700 211.0 GT/s 93.8 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 256.8 GT/s 102.7 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 199.9 GT/s 94.1 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 448 GB/s
PowerColor RX 5500 XT 151.1 GT/s 54.9 GP/s 8 GB GDDR6 224 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1060 120.5 GT/s 72.3 GP/s 6 GB GDDR5 192 GB/s

Here are the specifications of the AMD testbed we used.

Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
Memory Speed G.SKILL Sniper X DDR4-3400 (8 GB x 2)
Corsair Vengeance LPX
DDR4-3200 (8 GB x 2)
Monitor Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor
Storage Western Digital Black²
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
Graphics Drivers NVIDIA GameReady Driver 441.41
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition
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Synthetic Game Test – 3DMark

We used 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmarks, which offers a great approximation of gaming performance in general.

The Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme benchmarks support DirectX 12, and the latest features like asynchronous compute, and multi-threading support.

Time Spy – 2560 x 1440

In the Time Spy test, the PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT was 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and just under 20% slower than the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER.

Let’s see how much of an effect they have on the overall gaming score…

The PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT was 15.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and just under 18% slower than the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER.

Time Spy Extreme – 3840 x 2160

At the higher 4K resolution, the PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT was just 12% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 20% slower than the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER.

And here are their overall gaming scores at 4K…

It was now 13% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, but 22% slower than the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER.

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F1 2019

F1 2019 is a new racing game by Codemasters, released on 28 June 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions at the Ultra High settings :

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

1080p Gaming Resolution

Impressive performance at 1080p! The PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT was 33% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and came within 6% of the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER!

Notably, it was just 11% slower than the Radeon RX Vega 64, at least in F1 running at 1080p.

1440p Gaming Resolution

It did well at the 1440p resolution, delivering an average frame rate in excess of 60 fps – 43% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060. and coming within 10% of the Radeon RX Vega 64!

However, it was now 22% slower than GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER.

 

World War Z

Based on the 2013 movie, World War Z is a relatively new third-person shooter game, released in April 2019.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

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

Note : This game is known to be highly optimised for AMD Radeon cards.

1080p Gaming Resolution

Look at that! The PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT actually beat the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, and was 30.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060!

1440p Gaming Resolution

When we kicked up the resolution, the PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT faltered a bit. It was now slightly (4.2%) slower than the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER.

On the other hand, it remained 30% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is also a third-person shooter game, released in August 2018.

We tested it on three resolutions using the Vulkan API at the Ultra High settings :

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

1080p Gaming Resolution

At 1080p, the PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT was 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, but a full 20% slower than the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER.

1440p Gaming Resolution

The PowerColor Radeon RX 5500 XT managed to deliver an average frame rate ih excess of 60 fps – 22% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060.

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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

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

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

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

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.

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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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Tech Report + Video Briefing!

AMD just announced the Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card – an AIB-only model targeted at 1080p and esports gamers!

Here is our quick primer on the two AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT variants, including their reference specifications and suggested retail prices!

 

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT : The Official Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the official tech briefing by Mithun Chandrasekhar, AMD Senior Product Manager and Brian Kong, AMD Product Manager at Radeon Technologies Group.

 

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.

These cards are 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.

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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 its specifications are only for reference.

Specifications Radeon RX
5700 XT
Radeon RX
5700
Radeon RX
5500 XT
Transistors 10.3 billion 10.3 billion 6.4 billion
Fab Process 7 nm 7 nm 7 nm
Die Size 251 mm² 251 mm² 158 mm²
Total Graphics Power 225 W 185 W 130 W
Stream Processors 2560 2340 1408
Game Clock 1605 MHz 1465 MHz 1717 MHz
Boost Clock 1905 MHz 1725 MHz 1845 MHz
TMUs 160 144 88
Max. Texture Rate 304.8 GT/s 248.4 GT/s 162.4 GT/s
ROPs 64 64 32
Max. Pixel Rate 121.9 GP/s 110.4 GP/s 59.0 GP/s
Memory Size 8 GB 8 GB 4 GB / 8 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit
Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 224 GB/s
PCIe Interface PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x8

 

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Performance Comparison

AMD shared these performance results comparing the 4 GB variant against the GeForce GTX 1650 Super (4 GB) in AAA games at 1080p.

Based on their tests, the RX 5500 XT delivers anywhere from 4% to 30% better performance than the GTX 1650 Super.

 

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT : 4GB vs 8GB

AMD’s AIB partners will be offering their cards in two variants – with either 4 GB or 8 GB of GDDR6 memory.

While this may seem to be a minor difference, AMD says that opting for the 8 GB Variant can offer a significant performance boost, with high quality settings.

 

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT : Price + Bundle

As we mentioned earlier, this is exclusively an AIB-only model. There will be no reference model, so specifications and prices will vary significantly.

However, AMD shared with us their Suggested Retail Price (SEP) for both variants :

  • AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB : US$169 / ~£129 / ~A$245 / ~S$229 / ~RM704
  • AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB : US$199 / ~£152 / ~A$288 / ~S$270 / ~RM829

Instead of bundling every card with either Borderlands 3 or Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint as announced earlier, AMD has decided to bundle every card with :

  • Iceborne Master Edition
  • 3 months Xbox Game Pass subscription

While a 3 month subscription is not particularly exciting, it’s still nice to pick up a free game with your purchase, especially at this price point!

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Slides

Here is the complete set of the official AMD presentation slides for your perusal.

 

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