RX 550X Mobile vs RX 5500M

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.86
 
0.56
Architecture
Polaris
 
Navi / RDNA
GPU code name
Polaris 12
 
Navi 14 / R19M-E85
Market segment
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
10 January 2019 (2 years ago)
 
29 September 2019 (1 year ago)
Price now
$299
 
$998

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
640
 
1408
Core clock speed
1176 MHz
 
1327 MHz
Boost clock speed
1287 MHz
 
1645 MHz
Number of transistors
2,200 million
 
6,400 million
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
7 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
50 Watt
 
85 Watt
Texture fill rate
51.48
 
144.8

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 550X Mobile and Radeon RX 5500M 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
 
medium sized
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x8
 
PCIe 4.0 x8
Supplementary power connectors
no data
 
None

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
7000 MHz
 
14000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
96 GB/s
 
224.0 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

FreeSync
+
 
-

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (12_0)
 
12 (12_1)
Shader Model
6.4
 
6.5
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.6
OpenCL
2.0
 
2.0
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
1.2.131

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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 550X Mobile 14.46
RX 5500M 14.57 +0.8%

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.

RX 550X Mobile 20039
RX 5500M 49056 +144.8%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RX 550X Mobile 3245
RX 5500M 10890 +235.6%

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.

RX 550X Mobile 3688
RX 5500M 12276 +232.9%

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.

RX 550X Mobile 5345
RX 5500M 16613 +210.8%

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.

RX 550X Mobile 184578
RX 5500M 210925 +14.3%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Both graphics cards satisfy the 87% minimum and 73% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
87%
Recommended
73%
Minimum
87%
Recommended
73%

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

 
RX 550X Mobile
RX 5500M
1080p
 
24 −179.2%
67 +179.2%
1440p
 
no data
48
4K
 
no data
30

1920x1080
Medium Settings

Far Cry 5
 
21
 
no data

1920x1080
High Settings

Far Cry 5
 
18 −244.4%
 
62 +244.4%

1920x1080
Ultra Settings

Far Cry 5
 
15 −293.3%
 
59 +293.3%

Competitors of Radeon RX 550X Mobile from NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon RX 550X Mobile's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 675M SLI, which is faster by 2% and higher by 6 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon RX 550X Mobile:

Competitors of Radeon RX 5500M from NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon RX 5500M's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 675M SLI, which is faster by 1% and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

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

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 550X Mobile

Cheaper ($299 vs $998)

Lower power consumption (50W vs 85W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

AMD FreeSync

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 5500M

0.8% higher performance in benchmarks

Somewhat newer (29 September 2019 vs 10 January 2019)

More pipelines (1408 vs 640)

Higher memory bandwidth (224 vs 96 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 14 nm)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon RX 550X Mobile and AMD Radeon RX 5500M. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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