AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT

Summary

AMD started Radeon RX 5500 XT sales 12 December 2019 at a recommended price of $169. This is RDNA 1.0 architecture desktop card based on 7 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 8 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 1.75 GHz are supplied, and together with 128 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 224.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 4.0 x8 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 180 mm. 1x 8-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 130 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 34.43 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon RX 5500 XT's architecture, market type and release date.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.71
 
Architecture
RDNA 1.0
 
GPU code name
Navi 14 XTX
 
Market segment
Desktop
 
Launch date
12 December 2019 (1 year ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$169
 
Price now
$768 (4.5x MSRP)
 

Technical specs

Radeon RX 5500 XT'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 5500 XT's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
1408
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
1607 MHz
 
Boost clock speed
1845 MHz
 
Number of transistors
6,400 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
7 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
130 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
162.4
 

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 5500 XT'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).

Interface
PCIe 4.0 x8
 
Length
180 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 8-pin
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 5500 XT: 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 type
GDDR6
 
Maximum RAM amount
8 GB
 
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
1750 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
224.0 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 5500 XT. 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 Connectors
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
HDMI
+
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX 5500 XT, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
Shader Model
6.5
 
OpenGL
4.6
 
OpenCL
2.0
 
Vulkan
1.2.131
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon RX 5500 XT. 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.

34.43

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.

86609

3DMark Fire Strike Score

13064

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 enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

14328

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.

19723

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.

61298

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

61298

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.

407594

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.

9126

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon RX 5500 XT 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.

This video card matches 99% minimum and 94% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
99%
Recommended
94%
Minimum
99%
Recommended
94%

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

1080p
 
83
 
1440p
 
50
 
4K
 
29
 

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX 5500 XT from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 780 Ti, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon RX 5500 XT:

Similar GPUs

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