ASUS Radeon RX 5500 XT STRIX 8 GB Review 26

ASUS Radeon RX 5500 XT STRIX 8 GB Review

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Introduction

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We have with us the ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX 5500 XT OC, which is arguably the most premium RX 5500 XT model on the market. ASUS has built a completely custom card with an upscaled design—designed to take the RX 5500 XT to the next level with a premium 7+2 phase VRM, dual-BIOS, a meaty triple-slot, dual-fan cooling solution, and ASUS-exclusive goodies, such as case-fan headers.

The Radeon RX 5500 XT is the most affordable rendition of AMD's latest RDNA graphics architecture and part of its "Navi" family of 7 nm GPUs. It comes in two memory-based variants, 4 GB and 8 GB; the one we have on the ROG STRIX card here is 8 GB. The RX 5500 XT is designed for 1080p 60 Hz gaming with details cranked up, and at around the $200 mark, it competes against the likes of the GeForce GTX 1650 Super and GTX 1660.



Based on the 7 nm "Navi 14" silicon, the RX 5500 XT is built using 1,408 stream processors spread across 22 of the chip's physically present 24 RDNA compute units. The GPU features a 128-bit wide GDDR6 memory interface and uses high-density memory chips to achieve 8 GB. Other key specifications include 88 TMUs and 32 ROPs. An interesting aspect about the GPU is its host interface, PCI-Express 4.0 x8 (which falls back to gen 3.0 x8 on currently available Intel platforms).

As mentioned earlier, for the RX 5500 XT STRIX in this review, ASUS deployed a heavy triple-slot cooling solution that has some serious finnage, as well as a pair of Axial-Tech fans that guide all their airflow axially (vs. laterally). The cooler, more importantly, provides idle fan stop and runs very quietly. Among the ASUS exclusives are an RGB LED cutoff and a 4-pin PWM fan header to let you spin one of your case fans in sync with the GPU fans. As its name suggests, ASUS is giving the card factory-overclocked speeds of 1735 MHz core (compared to 1717 MHz reference), while leaving the boost frequencies unchanged at 1845 MHz. ASUS is pricing the ROG STRIX RX 5500 XT O8G at $230, a rather steep $50 premium over the $180 reference, which puts it into GTX 1660-series territory.

Radeon RX 5500 XT Market Segment Analysis
 PriceShader
Units
ROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
GTX 1050$135640321354 MHz1455 MHz1752 MHzGP1073300M2 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit
GTX 1050 Ti$150 768321290 MHz1392 MHz1752 MHzGP1073300M4 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit
GTX 1650$150896321485 MHz1665 MHz2000 MHzTU1174700M4 GB, GDDR5, 128-bit
RX 570$120 2048321168 MHz1244 MHz1750 MHzEllesmere5700M4 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX 5500 XT$1801408321717 MHz1845 MHz1750 MHzNavi 146400M4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
ASUS RX 5500 XT STRIX OC$2301408321737 MHz1845 MHz1750 MHzNavi 146400M8 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
GTX 1650 Super$1601280321530 MHz1725 MHz1500 MHzTU1166600M4 GB, GDDR6, 128-bit
RX 580$170 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$2002304321469 MHz1545 MHz2000 MHzPolaris 305700M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
GTX 1660$200 1408481530 MHz1785 MHz2000 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR5, 192-bit
GTX 1070$3001920641506 MHz1683 MHz2002 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX Vega 56$2603584641156 MHz1471 MHz800 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1660 Super$2301408481530 MHz1785 MHz1750 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
GTX 1660 Ti$2701536481500 MHz1770 MHz1500 MHzTU1166600M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
GTX 1070 Ti$4502432641607 MHz1683 MHz2000 MHzGP1047200M8 GB, GDDR5, 256-bit
RX 5600 XT$2702304641375 MHz1560 MHz1500 MHzNavi 1010300M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RTX 2060$3001920481365 MHz1680 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M6 GB, GDDR6, 192-bit
RX 5700$3202304641465 MHz1625 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
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