AMD Radeon RX 550X Mobile: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon RX 550X Mobile

Summary

AMD started Radeon RX 550X Mobile sales 10 January 2019. This is Polaris architecture notebook 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 96 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 3.0 x8 interface. Power consumption is at 50 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 14.66 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

Of Radeon RX 550X Mobile's architecture, market type and release date.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.21
 
Architecture
Polaris
 
GPU code name
Polaris 12
 
Market segment
Laptop
 
Launch date
10 January 2019 (2 years ago)
 
Price now
$299
 

Technical specs

Radeon RX 550X Mobile'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 550X Mobile's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
640
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
1176 MHz
 
Boost clock speed
1287 MHz
 
Number of transistors
2,200 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
50 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
51.48
 

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 550X Mobile's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop size
large
 
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x8
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 550X Mobile: 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
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
7000 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
96 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro VII)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 550X Mobile. 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
No outputs
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon RX 550X Mobile. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

FreeSync
+
 

API support

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

DirectX
12 (12_0)
 
Shader Model
6.4
 
OpenGL
4.6
 
OpenCL
2.0
 
Vulkan
1.2.131
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon RX 550X Mobile. 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.

14.66

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.

184578

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.

20039

3DMark Fire Strike Score

3245

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.

3688

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.

5345

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.

14520

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.

35

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon RX 550X Mobile 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 88% minimum and 75% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
88%
Recommended
75%
Minimum
88%
Recommended
75%

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

1080p
 
24
 

NVIDIA equivalent

The nearest Radeon RX 550X Mobile's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 675M SLI, which is faster by 2% and higher by 9 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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