AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB
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AMD Radeon RX 480

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 480
RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 480 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB AMD Radeon RX 480
Price $ 169.0 $ 399.0 230 (136%)
Year 2019 2016 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 66C 77C 11 (17%)
Max Fan Noise 39dB 51dB 12 (31%)
Recommended Power Supply 460W 500W 40 (9%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-8700K @ 3.70GHz ($369.89) Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 68.3 FPS 62.5 FPS 5.8 (8%)
Average 1440p Performance 48.6 FPS 46.0 FPS 2.6 (5%)
(Ultrawide) Average 1440p Performance 40.8 FPS 39.4 FPS 1.4 (3%)
Average 4K Performance 27.7 FPS 27.6 FPS 0.099999999999998 (0%)
Memory 4 GB 8 GB 4 (100%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 2.5 $ 6.4 3.9 (156%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 3.5 $ 8.7 5.2 (149%)
(Ultrawide) 1440p Cost Per Frame $ 4.1 $ 10.2 6.1 (149%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 6.1 $ 14.5 8.4 (138%)
Variant AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB AMD Radeon RX 480
Overall Combination Score 81/100 74/100 7 (9%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 480 to RX 5500 XT 4GB is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for RX 5500 XT 4GB .

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB

The RX 5700 might be the mid-range flagship of the latest RDNA 1.0 set of graphics cards, but their prices keep them out of the reach of most entry-level PC gamers. On the other hand, the RX 5500 XT 4GB is closer to being reasonably affordable at a price tag of $ 169. AMD ’s xx00 cards have always been defined by entry-level prices with performance that knocks on the door of mid-range graphics cards – especially when overclocked. After taking the time to fully test the RDNA 1.0 graphics card inside the RX 5500 XT 4GB, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend.

Unfortunately, gaming performance was not quite as impressive. Even if the RX 5500 XT 4GB consistently delivers frame rate increases over the RX 570, the gain is not much to justify an upgrade. For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Apex Legends, F1 2019, Forza Horizon 4, Hitman 2 at 60 fps to 65 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 62 fps.

For 1440p Quad HD, we were able to play World War Z, Battlefield V at 61 fps to 64 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 63 fps.

AMD Radeon RX 480

AMD ’s xx80 cards have always been defined by mid-range prices with performance that knocks on the door of high-end graphics cards – especially when overclocked. After taking the time to fully test the GCN 4.0 graphics card inside the RX 480, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend. The RX 480 is much more expensive than the R9 380 as it costs a whopping $ 400. Compare this to the R9 380, AMD Radeon R9 380X, which came originally at a price of $ 199, $ 229. Meanwhile, the NVIDIA closest equivalent card is the GTX 970 which costs $ 329.

Spec for spec, this RX 480 leapfrogs its direct predecessor, the R9 380, by boasting 2 % more fps. The RX 480 has 8 GB RAM compared to the R9 380 's 2 GB video memory.

In our synthetic benchmarks, the RX 480 blows past the R9 380, AMD Radeon R9 380X and, amazingly, even the R9 390 as well. Fortunately, gaming performance was quite impressive. The RX 480 consistently delivers great frame rate increases over the R9 380, AMD Radeon R9 380X and it really justifies an upgrade.

For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play F1 2019, Apex Legends, Battlefield V, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Resident Evil 2 at 62 fps to 76 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 68 fps. For 1440p Quad HD, we were able to play World War Z, Fallout 76 at 62 fps to 63 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 63 fps.

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
54
60.2
56
63.0
2019 Anthem
34
38.8
36
40.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
51
57.1
53
59.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
67
74.5
68
75.8
2019 Metro Exodus
30
33.7
30
33.7
2019 World War Z
75
83.6
76
85.0
2019 Gears of War 5
43
47.9
44
49.1
2019 F1 2019
54
60.2
55
61.6
2019 GreedFall
49
55.1
49
55.5
2019 Borderlands 3
34
38.8
35
39.0
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
66
73.4
67
75.0
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
25
28.6
26
28.9
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
40
44.9
40
45.4
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
83
92.8
75
84.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
32
35.7
29
33.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
50
56.1
51
57.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
54
60.2
48
54.0
2018 Just Cause 4
43
47.9
43
48.7
2018 Monster Hunter: World
46
52.0
47
52.5
2018 Strange Brigade
69
77.5
71
79.1
2018 Battlefield V
77
85.7
58
65.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
46
52.0
42
47.0
2017 Destiny 2
81
90.8
81
91.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
59
66.3
60
67.5
2017 For Honor
78
87.7
81
90.0
2017 Project CARS 2
55
62.2
57
63.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
67
75.5
69
77.2
2016 Dishonored 2
41
45.9
41
46.5
2015 Rocket League
232
258.1
236
262.5
2015 Need For Speed
64
71.4
65
72.7
2015 Project CARS
61
68.3
62
69.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
112
125.5
114
127.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
158
176.5
162
180.0
2009 League of Legends
298
331.5
303
337.5

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
35
44.9
37
46.9
2019 Anthem
24
30.6
25
32.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
35
43.9
36
46.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
40
50.0
40
51.0
2019 Metro Exodus
20
25.5
20
26.2
2019 World War Z
48
61.2
49
62.0
2019 Gears of War 5
28
35.7
28
35.6
2019 F1 2019
34
42.8
34
43.6
2019 GreedFall
31
39.8
32
40.1
2019 Borderlands 3
21
26.5
21
27.4
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
42
53.0
43
54.0
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
18
23.5
18
23.6
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
28
35.7
28
35.6
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
46
58.1
42
53.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
24
30.6
20
26.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
32
40.8
32
40.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
31
38.8
28
35.0
2018 Fallout 76
46
58.1
50
63.0
2018 Just Cause 4
28
35.7
28
36.0
2018 Monster Hunter: World
29
36.7
29
36.7
2018 Strange Brigade
43
54.1
44
55.1
2018 Battlefield V
51
64.3
36
46.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
30
37.7
24
31.0
2017 Destiny 2
62
77.5
62
78.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
38
47.9
38
48.7
2017 For Honor
41
52.0
42
52.5
2017 Project CARS 2
35
43.9
36
45.0
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
54
68.3
55
69.7
2016 Dishonored 2
31
38.8
31
39.7
2015 Rocket League
88
111.2
90
112.5
2015 Need For Speed
44
55.1
44
56.2
2015 Project CARS
41
52.0
42
53.3
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
65
81.6
66
82.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
117
146.9
120
150.0
2009 League of Legends
147
184.6
150
187.5

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
28
37.7
30
40.1
2019 Anthem
19
25.5
20
26.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
27
35.7
28
37.8
2019 Resident Evil 2
30
39.8
30
40.7
2019 Metro Exodus
17
22.4
17
22.8
2019 World War Z
38
51.0
39
52.3
2019 Gears of War 5
23
30.6
23
31.1
2019 F1 2019
28
37.7
29
38.2
2019 GreedFall
22
29.6
23
30.3
2019 Borderlands 3
17
22.4
16
22.3
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
34
44.9
35
46.1
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
15
20.4
15
20.7
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
23
30.6
23
31.1
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
35
46.9
33
44.4
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
19
25.5
17
23.5
2018 Final Fantasy XV
26
34.7
25
34.2
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
24
31.6
21
28.9
2018 Fallout 76
36
47.9
39
52.4
2018 Just Cause 4
21
28.6
22
29.3
2018 Monster Hunter: World
21
28.6
22
29.1
2018 Strange Brigade
34
44.9
34
45.5
2018 Battlefield V
40
53.0
30
40.1
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
24
32.6
22
29.4
2017 Destiny 2
47
62.2
47
62.6
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
32
42.8
33
44.1
2017 For Honor
31
40.8
31
42.1
2017 Project CARS 2
32
42.8
33
44.1
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
51
67.3
52
68.6
2016 Dishonored 2
28
37.7
28
38.1
2015 Rocket League
65
86.7
67
88.3
2015 Need For Speed
38
50.0
38
50.1
2015 Project CARS
36
47.9
36
48.6
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
48
63.2
49
64.6
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
113
149.9
115
152.5
2009 League of Legends
104
137.7
106
140.4

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
18
26.5
19
28.0
2019 Anthem
11
16.3
12
17.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
16
23.5
17
24.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
17
24.5
17
25.1
2019 Metro Exodus
11
16.3
11
16.5
2019 World War Z
24
34.7
24
35.7
2019 Gears of War 5
15
22.4
15
22.5
2019 F1 2019
19
27.5
19
27.8
2019 GreedFall
11
16.3
11
16.5
2019 Borderlands 3
10
14.3
10
14.3
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
22
31.6
22
32.2
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
10
14.3
10
15.0
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
15
22.4
15
22.5
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
20
29.6
21
30.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
12
18.4
12
18.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
17
24.5
16
24.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
14
21.4
13
19.0
2018 Fallout 76
22
31.6
24
35.0
2018 Just Cause 4
12
18.4
13
18.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
12
17.3
12
17.6
2018 Strange Brigade
20
29.6
21
30.0
2018 Battlefield V
23
33.7
20
29.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
17
24.5
16
24.0
2017 Destiny 2
27
38.8
27
39.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
23
33.7
23
33.7
2017 For Honor
17
25.5
18
26.2
2017 Project CARS 2
25
36.7
26
37.5
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
39
57.1
40
58.5
2016 Dishonored 2
21
30.6
22
31.5
2015 Rocket League
36
52.0
36
52.5
2015 Need For Speed
25
36.7
26
37.5
2015 Project CARS
25
36.7
26
37.5
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
26
37.7
26
38.2
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
92
132.6
94
135.0
2009 League of Legends
51
73.4
52
75.0
RX 5500 XT 4GB vs RX 480 with i7-8700K vs i7-6700K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB / i7-8700K

At 1440p, RX 5500 XT 4GB can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the RX 5500 XT 4GB is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for RX 5500 XT 4GB against the competition in budget mid-range cards. With current 4096 MB RAM, the RX 5500 XT 4GB can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

AMD Radeon RX 480 / i7-6700K

At 1440p, RX 480 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the RX 480 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. In terms of memory, the RX 480 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

RX 5500 XT 4GB vs RX 480 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 480
Length7.09 inches 180 mm9.5 inches 241 mm
Outputs1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 8-pin1x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP110 W150 W

Clock Speeds

RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 480
Boost Clock1845 MHz1266 MHz
GPU Clock1670 MHz1120 MHz
Memory Clock1750 MHz 14000 MHz effective2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 480
Bus InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationNaviArctic Islands (RX 400)
Launch Price199 USD229 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateDec 12th, 2019Jun 29th, 2016

Graphics Features

RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 480
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL22
OpenGL4.64.5
Shader Model6.46
Vulkan1.1.1251.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 480
ArchitectureRDNA 1.0GCN 4.0
Die Size158 mm²244 mm²
GPU NameNavi 14Ellesmere
GPU VariantNavi 14 XTPolaris 10 XT (215-0876184)
Process Size7 nm14 nm
Transistors6,400 million5,700 million

Memory

RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 480
Bandwidth224.0 GB/s 256.0 GB/s
Memory Bus128 bit 256 bit
Memory Size4096 MB8192 MB
Memory TypeGDDR6GDDR5

Render Config

RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 480
Compute Units2236
ROPs3232
Shading Units14082304
TMUs88144

Theoretical Performance

RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 480
FP16 (half) performance10.39 TFLOPS (2:1)5,834 GFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance5.196 TFLOPS 5,834 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance324.7 GFLOPS (1:16)364.6 GFLOPS (1:16)
Pixel Rate59.04 GPixel/s 40.51 GPixel/s
Texture Rate162.4 GTexel/s 182.3 GTexel/s

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