AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
Radeon RX 5500 XT
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x8
  • Core clock speed 1607
  • Max video memory 8192
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 14000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2019
Performance 30.92

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 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.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at

30.92%

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

General info

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

Place in performance rating154
Value for money18.01
ArchitectureRDNA 1.0 (2019−2020)
GPU code nameNavi 14 XTX
Market segmentDesktop
Release date12 December 2019 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$169
Price now$608 (3.6x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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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 cores1408of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed1607 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1845 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors6,400 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology7 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)130 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate162.4of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)

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).

InterfacePCIe 4.0 x8
Length180 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 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 typeGDDR6
Maximum RAM amount8 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width128 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed14000 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth224.0 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
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 Connectors1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
HDMI+

API support

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

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.

RX 5500 XT 30.92
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • GeekBench 5 Vulkan
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0

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 5500 XT 9187

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 61298

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: 16%

RX 5500 XT 19723

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: 13%

RX 5500 XT 86609

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

RX 5500 XT 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.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

RX 5500 XT 14328

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 41385

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 407594

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 33781

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: 5%

RX 5500 XT 61298

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.

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

Full HD81
1440p49
4K28

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 72

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 72
Battlefield 5 74
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 59
Far Cry 5 103
Far Cry New Dawn 95
Forza Horizon 4 78
Hitman 3 101
Horizon Zero Dawn 81
Red Dead Redemption 2 74
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 82
Watch Dogs: Legion 74

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 58
Battlefield 5 71
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 43
Far Cry 5 94
Far Cry New Dawn 88
Forza Horizon 4 66
Hitman 3 87
Horizon Zero Dawn 63
Metro Exodus 51
Red Dead Redemption 2 39
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 71
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 95
Watch Dogs: Legion 64

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 49
Battlefield 5 68
Cyberpunk 2077 34
Far Cry 5 88
Far Cry New Dawn 79
Forza Horizon 4 56
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 58
Watch Dogs: Legion 36

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Hitman 3 54
Horizon Zero Dawn 42
Metro Exodus 31
Red Dead Redemption 2 24
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 43

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 37
Battlefield 5 55
Cyberpunk 2077 19
Far Cry 5 59
Far Cry New Dawn 58
Forza Horizon 4 41
Watch Dogs: Legion 26

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Hitman 3 30
Horizon Zero Dawn 21
Metro Exodus 19
Red Dead Redemption 2 15
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 22
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 31

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 19
Battlefield 5 35
Cyberpunk 2077 8
Far Cry 5 30
Far Cry New Dawn 31
Forza Horizon 4 21
Watch Dogs: Legion 14

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon RX 5500 XT performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

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

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