ASRock Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming OC 8 GB Review 22

ASRock Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming OC 8 GB Review

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AMD launched the Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card in mid-December. The RX 5500 XT is based on AMD's second 7 nm "Navi" family graphics chips, the "Navi 14." It comes with the entire feature set of "Navi," including the latest RDNA compute units, GDDR6 memory, PCIe gen 4.0 capability, and all the software features the RX 5700-series support.

What's unexpected about the RX 5500 XT is that it does not max out "Navi 14." It has the same exact core configuration as the RX 5500 OEM with 22 RDNA compute units making up 1,408 stream processors, 88 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR6 memory interface. The "Navi 14" silicon features 24 compute units (1,536 stream processors); currently, the only contraption that maxes it out is the Radeon Pro 5500M found exclusively in Apple's MacBook Pro 16-inch. The RX 5500 XT has slightly higher reference clock speeds as the RX 5500 OEM with up to 1845 MHz boost and 1717 MHz "gaming" clocks. The memory ticks at 14 Gbps (GDDR6 effective) on both 4 GB and 8 GB variants. The ASRock RX 5500 XT ships with factory-overclocked speeds of 1737 MHz Game Clock and 1845 MHz maximum Boost.

The Radeon RX 5500 XT is available at sub-$200 price-points, with the 4 GB variant being priced at $180 and the 8 GB variant at $200. ASRock's card features 8 GB of VRAM and is priced at the same $200 MSRP, making it one of the most affordable 8 GB RX 5500 variants available today. It comes with a relatively compact dual-fan solution including idle fan stop and a metal backplate.

Radeon RX 5500 XT Market Segment Analysis
GTX 1650$150896321485 MHz1665 MHz2000 MHzTU117unknown4 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit
RX 570$110 2048321168 MHz1244 MHz1750 MHzEllesmere5700M4 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX 5500unknown1408321670 MHz1845 MHz1750 MHzNavi 146400M4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
RX 5500 XT$1801408321717 MHz1845 MHz1750 MHzNavi 146400M4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
RX 5500 XT 8 GB$2001408321717 MHz1845 MHz1750 MHzNavi 146400M8 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
ASRock RX 5500 XT
Phantom Gaming OC 8 GB
$2001408321737 MHz1845 MHz1750 MHzNavi 146400M8 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
GTX 1650 Super$1601280321530 MHz1725 MHz1500 MHzTU1166600M4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
RX 580$160 2304321257 MHz1340 MHz2000 MHzEllesmere5700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 1060 3 GB$1701152481506 MHz1708 MHz2002 MHzGP1064400M3 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1060$2101280481506 MHz1708 MHz2002 MHzGP1064400M6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
RX 590$1802304321469 MHz1545 MHz2000 MHzPolaris 305700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 1660$210 1408481530 MHz1785 MHz2000 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1070$3001920641506 MHz1683 MHz2002 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX Vega 56$2703584641156 MHz1471 MHz800 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1660 Super$2301408481530 MHz1785 MHz1750 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
GTX 1660 Ti$2801536481500 MHz1770 MHz1500 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit


Package Front
Package Back

The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back
Graphics Card Front Angled

ASRock's RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming follows the design theme set by the RX 5700 XT Phantom Gaming. It pairs a gunmetal gray color theme with red highlights. The metal backplate uses the same colors, but adds an extra highlight in form of a white logo and stripe.

Graphics Card Dimensions

Dimensions of the card are 23.0 x 11.0 cm.

Graphics Card Height
Graphics Card Back Angled

Installation requires two slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

Display connectivity options include three standard DisplayPort 1.4a and an HDMI 2.0b.

Graphics Card Power Plugs

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

Multi-GPU Area

AMD's Navi generation of GPUs no longer supports CrossFire. DirectX 12 does include its own set of multi-GPU capabilities, but the implementation requires game developers to put serious development time into a feature only a tiny fraction of their customers might ever use.


Graphics Card Cooler Front
Graphics Card Cooler Back

ASRock's thermal solution uses three heatpipes and a copper base to soak up heat from the GPU quickly. This part of the heatsink also provides cooling for the VRM circuitry and memory chips. The two fans are 90 mm in diameter.

The backplate is made out of metal; it adds to the card's aesthetic and protects components on the PCB when handling the card.

High-resolution PCB Pictures

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Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back

High-res versions are also available (front, back).

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