AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile

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General info

GPU architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters compared.

Place in performance ranking182210
Place by popularitynot in top-10069
Value for money30.0515.45
ArchitectureTuring (2018−2021)RDNA 1.0 (2019−2020)
GPU code nameN18E-G0Navi 14 XTX
Market segmentLaptopDesktop
Release date23 April 2019 (4 years old)12 December 2019 (4 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$229 $169
Current price$682 (3x MSRP)$317 (1.9x MSRP)
Value for money

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile has 94% better value for money than RX 5500 XT.

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores15361408
Core clock speed1455 MHz1607 MHz
Boost clock speed1590 MHz1845 MHz
Number of transistors6,600 million6,400 million
Manufacturing process technology12 nm7 nm
Power consumption (TDP)80 Watt130 Watt
Texture fill rate152.6162.4

Size and compatibility

Information on GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile and Radeon RX 5500 XT compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility). For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizemedium sizedno data
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x8
Lengthno data180 mm
Widthno data2-slot
Supplementary power connectorsno data1x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of VRAM installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Integrated GPUs have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR6GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount6 GB8 GB
Memory bus width192 Bit128 Bit
Memory clock speed12000 MHz14000 MHz
Memory bandwidth288.0 GB/s224.0 GB/s
Shared memory--

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsNo outputs1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
HDMIno data+

API support

List of supported graphics and general-purpose computing APIs, including their specific versions.

DirectX12 (12_1)12 (12_1)
Shader Model6.56.5
OpenGL4.64.6
OpenCL1.22.0
Vulkan1.2.1311.2.131
CUDA7.5no data

Synthetic benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
26.31
+11.3%

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile outperforms Radeon RX 5500 XT by 11% in our combined benchmark results.


Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 10208
+11.3%
RX 5500 XT 9173

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile outperforms Radeon RX 5500 XT by 11% in Passmark.

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 49309
RX 5500 XT 68429
+38.8%

Radeon RX 5500 XT outperforms GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile by 39% in 3DMark Vantage Performance.

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 20119
+3.2%
RX 5500 XT 19499

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile outperforms Radeon RX 5500 XT by 3% in 3DMark 11 Performance GPU.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 14818
+3.6%
RX 5500 XT 14305

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile outperforms Radeon RX 5500 XT by 4% in 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics.

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 97517
+12.6%
RX 5500 XT 86609

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile outperforms Radeon RX 5500 XT by 13% in 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU.

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 419800
RX 5500 XT 560812
+33.6%

Radeon RX 5500 XT outperforms GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile by 34% in 3DMark Ice Storm GPU.

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS across all PC games

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

Full HD97
+27.6%
76
−27.6%
1440p58
+38.1%
42
−38.1%
4K35
+45.8%
24
−45.8%

Performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 86
+10.3%
78
−10.3%

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 80
+70.2%
45−50
−70.2%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 66
−9.1%
72
+9.1%
Battlefield 5 111
+50%
74
−50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 104
+67.7%
60−65
−67.7%
Cyberpunk 2077 68
+11.5%
61
−11.5%
Far Cry 5 93
−12.9%
105
+12.9%
Far Cry New Dawn 88
−12.5%
99
+12.5%
Forza Horizon 4 134
+71.8%
78
−71.8%
Hitman 3 116
+14.9%
101
−14.9%
Horizon Zero Dawn 83
+2.5%
81
−2.5%
Red Dead Redemption 2 77
+4.1%
74
−4.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 83
−3.6%
86
+3.6%
Watch Dogs: Legion 82
+10.8%
74
−10.8%

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 69
+46.8%
45−50
−46.8%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 49
−18.4%
58
+18.4%
Battlefield 5 103
+45.1%
71
−45.1%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 87
+40.3%
60−65
−40.3%
Cyberpunk 2077 54
+20%
45
−20%
Far Cry 5 89
−7.9%
96
+7.9%
Far Cry New Dawn 85
−8.2%
92
+8.2%
Forza Horizon 4 125
+89.4%
66
−89.4%
Hitman 3 95
+9.2%
87
−9.2%
Horizon Zero Dawn 65
+3.2%
63
−3.2%
Metro Exodus 54
+3.8%
52
−3.8%
Red Dead Redemption 2 41
+5.1%
39
−5.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 73
+1.4%
72
−1.4%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 103
+8.4%
95
−8.4%
Watch Dogs: Legion 71
+10.9%
64
−10.9%

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 53
+12.8%
45−50
−12.8%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 42
−16.7%
49
+16.7%
Battlefield 5 94
+38.2%
68
−38.2%
Cyberpunk 2077 52
+30%
40
−30%
Far Cry 5 83
−7.2%
89
+7.2%
Far Cry New Dawn 76
−9.2%
83
+9.2%
Forza Horizon 4 99
+76.8%
56
−76.8%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 55
−5.5%
58
+5.5%
Watch Dogs: Legion 33
−9.1%
36
+9.1%

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 59
+63.9%
35−40
−63.9%
Hitman 3 59
+9.3%
54
−9.3%
Horizon Zero Dawn 43
+2.4%
42
−2.4%
Metro Exodus 30
−3.3%
31
+3.3%
Red Dead Redemption 2 26
+8.3%
24
−8.3%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 46
+4.5%
44
−4.5%

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 36
+38.5%
24−27
−38.5%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 32
−15.6%
37
+15.6%
Battlefield 5 69
+25.5%
55
−25.5%
Cyberpunk 2077 25
+25%
20
−25%
Far Cry 5 60
+0%
60
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 60
+0%
60
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 50−55
+31.7%
41
−31.7%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 35−40
+15.6%
30−35
−15.6%
Watch Dogs: Legion 23
−13%
26
+13%

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 33
+83.3%
18−20
−83.3%
Hitman 3 31
+3.3%
30
−3.3%
Horizon Zero Dawn 23
+9.5%
21
−9.5%
Metro Exodus 19
+0%
19
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 17
+13.3%
15
−13.3%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24
+9.1%
22
−9.1%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 35
+12.9%
31
−12.9%

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 22
+46.7%
14−16
−46.7%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 13
−46.2%
19
+46.2%
Battlefield 5 38
+8.6%
35
−8.6%
Cyberpunk 2077 10
+25%
8
−25%
Far Cry 5 31
+3.3%
30
−3.3%
Far Cry New Dawn 32
+3.2%
31
−3.2%
Forza Horizon 4 35−40
+66.7%
21
−66.7%
Watch Dogs: Legion 13
−7.7%
14
+7.7%

This is how GTX 1660 Ti Mobile and RX 5500 XT compete in popular games:

1080p resolution:

  • GTX 1660 Ti Mobile is 27.6% faster than RX 5500 XT

1440p resolution:

  • GTX 1660 Ti Mobile is 38.1% faster than RX 5500 XT

4K resolution:

  • GTX 1660 Ti Mobile is 45.8% faster than RX 5500 XT

Here's the range of performance differences observed across popular games:

  • in Forza Horizon 4, with 1080p resolution and the High Preset, the GTX 1660 Ti Mobile is 89.4% faster than the RX 5500 XT.
  • in Assassin's Creed Valhalla, with 4K resolution and the Ultra Preset, the RX 5500 XT is 46.2% faster than the GTX 1660 Ti Mobile.

All in all, in popular games:

  • GTX 1660 Ti Mobile is ahead in 48 tests (71%)
  • RX 5500 XT is ahead in 17 tests (25%)
  • there's a draw in 3 tests (4%)

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance score 26.31 23.64
Recency 23 April 2019 12 December 2019
Cost $229 $169
Memory bus width 192 128
Maximum RAM amount 6 GB 8 GB
Pipelines / CUDA cores 1536 1408
Memory bandwidth 288 224
Chip lithography 12 nm 7 nm
Power consumption (TDP) 80 Watt 130 Watt

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile is our recommended choice as it beats the Radeon RX 5500 XT in performance tests.

Be aware that GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile is a notebook card while Radeon RX 5500 XT is a desktop one.


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