AMD Radeon RX 550: specs and benchmarks

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Summary

AMD started Radeon RX 550 sales 20 April 2017 at a recommended price of $79 . This is a desktop graphics card based on a GCN 4.0 architecture and made with 14 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamer market. 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 7.00% of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

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General info

Some basic facts about Radeon RX 550: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking519
Place by popularity14
Value for money3.34
ArchitectureGCN 4.0 (2016−2020)
GPU code nameLexa
Market segmentDesktop
Release date20 April 2017 (6 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$79
Current price$121 (1.5x MSRP)of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)
Value for money

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Technical specs

Radeon RX 550's specs 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 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Core clock speed1100 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1183 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors2,200 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology14 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Power consumption (TDP)50 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate37.86of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance1,211 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Size and compatibility

This section provides details about the physical dimensions of Radeon RX 550 and its compatibility with other computer components. This information is useful when selecting a computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics cards, it includes details about the interface and bus (for motherboard compatibility) and additional power connectors (for 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 have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount4 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width128 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed7000 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth112.0 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)

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 graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

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

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon RX 550. 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.

RX 550 7.00

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%

RX 550 2712

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

RX 550 11057

Gaming performance

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

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


NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon RX 550 is GeForce GTX 570 Rev. 2, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our ranking.

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended processors

These processors are most commonly used with Radeon RX 550 according to our statistics.

User Ratings

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