MSI is using the same style on their RX 5500 XT Gaming X as on other Navi-based Gaming X cards. The card is dominated by black and gray, with some red highlights; I very much like the design. A high-quality metal backplate is included, too.
Dimensions of the card are 24.5 cm x 13.0 cm.
Installation requires a little bit more than 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.
MSI's cooler uses two 90 mm fans and four heatpipes to keep the card cool. The cooler's base provides cooling for the GPU, memory chips, and VRM circuitry.
A metal reinforcement plate is installed on the card to provide additional rigidity. It doesn't cool any components.
The backplate is made from metal and protects the card against damage during installation and handling.