Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming OC 8 GB Review 24

Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming OC 8 GB Review

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Packaging



The Card


Visually, the Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming OC looks identical to the RX 5700 XT Gaming OC because they are the same physical size, and Gigabyte is using the same fan shroud for both models. On the back, you'll find a plastic backplate.


Dimensions of the card are 28.5 cm x 11.5 cm.


Installation requires two slots in your system.


Display connectivity options include three 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.


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.

Disassembly


Gigabyte's WindForce 3X cooling solution uses three 80 mm fans. The fan in the center rotates clockwise, while the other two rotate counter-clockwise. All three blow air down onto the heatsink, but according to Gigabyte, the difference in rotation for the central fan minimizes turbulence between fans.

The heatsink consists of three aluminium fin stacks that are skewered by two copper heat pipes in direct contact with the GPU at the base.


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