After anticipating the arrival of the Radeon RX 5500 series in early October, postponing the debut of the products on the market during the fourth quarter, AMD is finally ready to bring to market the Radeon RX 5500 XT, in a version with 4 and 8 GB of memory.
AMD has unveiled the RX 5500 XT, a mid-range video card that aims to be the reference for gaming in Full HD.
It is undoubtedly established that AMD's RX 5000 video cards have attracted the attention of several PC gamers. In fact, it is a GPU capable of providing performance equal, if not superior, to Nvidia counterparts, with a significant price reduction. For example, a RX 5700 XT can cost up to € 450, while the direct competitors, the RTX 2070 and RTX 2070 Super, range between € 550 and € 650, depending on the model. It is true that Nvidia's GPUs certainly offer better performance in terms of ray tracing, but the price difference does not genuinely justify this gap.
Now AMD also wants to conquer the Full HD market, thanks to the RX 5500XT, which comes into direct comparison with the current GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Super.
Radeon RX 5500 XT marks a clear cut from the old and expensive RX 480, with a 12% increase in performance (1.6x PPW) and 30% less energy consumption required. Architecture also changes, going from 14nm to the current 7nm, which support RDNA, the equivalent of Nvidia's ray tracing. The transition to a 7nm production process has allowed a reduction in dimensions from 221mm2 to 158mm2, as well as a significant increase in the number of transistors. There is also support for PCI-E 4.0 and new technologies that improve video quality, such as FidelityFX, Image Sharpening and Anti-Lag, which have also been added to the AMD Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition. All these technologies essentially allow a better image quality, without going to greatly affect final performance.
To make a comparison on the field, AMD showed a slide in which the performance of a 4GB RX 5500 XT against a 4GB GTX 1650 on different titles, like Battlefield 5, Borderlands 3 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare, are compared at medium-high details. In any case, the new AMD proposal has really proved to be up to expectations, with an improvement between 4% and 30%, depending on the game.
The Radeon RX 5500 XT will be fully compatible with the latest version of the AMD Radeon Software. This card has also been designed for those who want to play competitively, thanks to a lag reduction of 22% with Anti-Lag active and 20% more performance with Radeon Boost set. It is possible to easily reach the 90 FPS on the majority of the most successful titles, such as Fortnite, PUBG, Overwatch.
The GPU will also come in the version with 8GB of GDDR6 RAM, which compared to the 4GB one should guarantee an average performance increase of 20%.
Radeon RX 5500 XT will be available from today at a price that has not yet been defined for Europe, but we expect it to not exceed € 250-300. Furthermore by purchasing this card you will have the possibility to receive Monster Hunter World: Iceborn Master Edition for free + 3 months of Xbox Game Pass.
There will also be custom editions by MSI, ASRock, Asus, PowerColor, Sapphire, Gigabyte and XFX.