AMD Radeon RX 5500 Review 91

AMD Radeon RX 5500 Review

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The Card

Despite being a sub-$200 card and using copious amounts of plastic in its construction, the reference RX 5500 card is of solid build quality, and feels heavier than some of the GTX 1650 Super cards we tested today. A large matte-black plastic shroud covers three sides of the card, and a large 95 mm fan dominates the top of the card. There's no backplate.

Dimensions of the card are 18 cm x 11 cm.

Installation requires two slots in your system.

Display connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4a outputs and one HDMI 2.0b.

The board uses one 8-pin power connector. This input configuration is specified for up to 225 watts of power draw.

Radeon RX 5500 does not support AMD CrossFire.


The amount of engineering that has gone into designing this cooler is impressive for a card of this price segment, as there is a proper aluminium fin-stack heatsink with a pair of copper heat pipes to spread the heat, a copper base plate to pull heat from the GPU, and a secondary aluminium base plate that pulls heat from the memory chips and VRM.
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