Radeon RX 5500 XT: specs and benchmarks

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Aggregate performance score

Radeon RX 5500 XT provides acceptable gaming and benchmark performance at 23.69% of a leader's which is GeForce RTX 4090.

Summary

AMD started Radeon RX 5500 XT sales 12 December 2019 at a recommended price of $169 . This is a desktop graphics card based on a RDNA 1.0 architecture and made with 7 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamer market. 8 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 14 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.

Primary details

Some basic facts about Radeon RX 5500 XT: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking215
Place by popularity82
Cost-effectiveness evaluation15.37
ArchitectureRDNA 1.0 (2019−2020)
GPU code nameNavi 14 XTX
Market segmentDesktop
Release date12 December 2019 (4 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$169
Current price$317 (1.9x MSRP)of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Detailed specifications

Radeon RX 5500 XT's specs 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 cores1408of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Core clock speed1607 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1845 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors6,400 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology7 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Power consumption (TDP)130 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate162.4of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)

Form factor & compatibility

This section provides details about the physical dimensions of Radeon RX 5500 XT 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 4.0 x8
Length180 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 8-pin

VRAM capacity and type

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 5500 XT: 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 typeGDDR6
Maximum RAM amount8 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width128 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed14000 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth224.0 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)
Shared memory-

Connectivity and outputs

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

API compatibility

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

DirectX12 (12_1)
Shader Model6.5
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.0
Vulkan1.2.131

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon RX 5500 XT. 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 5500 XT 23.69

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 5500 XT 9159

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%

RX 5500 XT 19499

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%

RX 5500 XT 68429

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 made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RX 5500 XT 14305

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%

RX 5500 XT 86609

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 5500 XT 44870

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%

RX 5500 XT 560812

GeekBench 5 Vulkan

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 Vulkan API by AMD & Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

RX 5500 XT 41918

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.

Benchmark coverage: 4%

RX 5500 XT 61298

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

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SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

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SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

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SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

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SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

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SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01

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SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

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SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01

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SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05

Benchmark coverage: 2%

RX 5500 XT 128

Gaming performance

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.

Average FPS across all PC games

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

Full HD75
1440p43
4K25

FPS performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 78

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 72
Battlefield 5 75−80
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 61
Far Cry 5 55−60
Far Cry New Dawn 65−70
Forza Horizon 4 78
Hitman 3 101
Horizon Zero Dawn 166
Metro Exodus 132
Red Dead Redemption 2 108
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 133
Watch Dogs: Legion 74

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 58
Battlefield 5 75−80
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 45
Far Cry 5 43
Far Cry New Dawn 46
Forza Horizon 4 66
Hitman 3 61
Horizon Zero Dawn 133
Metro Exodus 92
Red Dead Redemption 2 88
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 87
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 95
Watch Dogs: Legion 64

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 49
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 40
Far Cry 5 55−60
Forza Horizon 4 56
Horizon Zero Dawn 87
Metro Exodus 83
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 58
Watch Dogs: Legion 36

Full HD
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 76

1440p
High Preset

Battlefield 5 45−50
Far Cry New Dawn 67
Hitman 3 45
Red Dead Redemption 2 24

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 37
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 20
Far Cry 5 60
Forza Horizon 4 41
Horizon Zero Dawn 65
Metro Exodus 60
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 66
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 27−30
Watch Dogs: Legion 26

4K
High Preset

Far Cry 5 25
Far Cry New Dawn 37
Hitman 3 26
Horizon Zero Dawn 27−30
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 22
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 31

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 14−16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 19
Battlefield 5 35
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18−20
Cyberpunk 2077 8
Forza Horizon 4 21
Horizon Zero Dawn 37
Metro Exodus 31
Watch Dogs: Legion 14

4K
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 24

Closest competitors

Radeon RX 5500 XT's performance relative to its closest rivals among desktop graphics cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon RX 5500 XT is GeForce GTX 1060 5 GB, which is slower by 1% and lower by 3 positions in our ranking.

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

Similar GPUs

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Recommended processors

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