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.
|GTX 1650||$150||896||32||1485 MHz||1665 MHz||2000 MHz||TU117||unknown||4 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit|
|RX 570||$110||2048||32||1168 MHz||1244 MHz||1750 MHz||Ellesmere||5700M||4 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit|
|RX 5500||unknown||1408||32||1670 MHz||1845 MHz||1750 MHz||Navi 14||6400M||4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit|
|RX 5500 XT||$180||1408||32||1717 MHz||1845 MHz||1750 MHz||Navi 14||6400M||4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit|
|RX 5500 XT 8 GB||$200||1408||32||1717 MHz||1845 MHz||1750 MHz||Navi 14||6400M||8 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit|
|ASRock RX 5500 XT|
Phantom Gaming OC 8 GB
|$200||1408||32||1737 MHz||1845 MHz||1750 MHz||Navi 14||6400M||8 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit|
|GTX 1650 Super||$160||1280||32||1530 MHz||1725 MHz||1500 MHz||TU116||6600M||4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit|
|RX 580||$160||2304||32||1257 MHz||1340 MHz||2000 MHz||Ellesmere||5700M||8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit|
|GTX 1060 3 GB||$170||1152||48||1506 MHz||1708 MHz||2002 MHz||GP106||4400M||3 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit|
|GTX 1060||$210||1280||48||1506 MHz||1708 MHz||2002 MHz||GP106||4400M||6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit|
|RX 590||$180||2304||32||1469 MHz||1545 MHz||2000 MHz||Polaris 30||5700M||8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit|
|GTX 1660||$210||1408||48||1530 MHz||1785 MHz||2000 MHz||TU116||6600M||6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit|
|GTX 1070||$300||1920||64||1506 MHz||1683 MHz||2002 MHz||GP104||7200M||8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit|
|RX Vega 56||$270||3584||64||1156 MHz||1471 MHz||800 MHz||Vega 10||12500M||8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit|
|GTX 1660 Super||$230||1408||48||1530 MHz||1785 MHz||1750 MHz||TU116||6600M||6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit|
|GTX 1660 Ti||$280||1536||48||1500 MHz||1770 MHz||1500 MHz||TU116||6600M||6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit|
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.
Dimensions of the card are 23.0 x 11.0 cm.
Installation requires two slots in your system.
Display connectivity options include three standard DisplayPort 1.4a and an HDMI 2.0b.
The board uses one 8-pin power connector. This input configuration is specified for up to 225 watts of power draw.
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.
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.
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