AMD Radeon RX 550: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon RX 550
Radeon RX 550
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x8
  • Core clock speed 1100 MHz
  • Max video memory 4096
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 7000 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2017
Performance 9.17

Summary

AMD started Radeon RX 550 sales 20 April 2017 at a recommended price of $79. This is GCN 4.0 architecture desktop card based on 14 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 4 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7 GHz are supplied, and together with 128 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 112.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x8 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 145 mm. No additional power connector is required, and power consumption is at 50 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

9.17%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon RX 550's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating422
Value for money9.56
ArchitectureGCN 4.0 (2016−2020)
GPU code nameLexa
Market segmentDesktop
Release date20 April 2017 (5 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$79
Price now$193 (2.4x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon RX 550's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon RX 550's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores512of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed1100 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1183 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors2,200 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology14 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)50 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate37.86of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance1,211 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 550's 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).

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x8
Length145 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectorsNone

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 550: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount4 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width128 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed7000 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth112.0 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 550. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
HDMI+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX 550, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (12_0)
Shader Model6.4
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.0
Vulkan1.2.131

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon RX 550. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. 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.

RX 550 9.17
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Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various 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%

RX 550 2719

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon RX 550 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon RX 550 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX 550 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 560, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 1 position in our rating.

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