AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB
vs
AMD Radeon RX 590

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 590
RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 590 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB AMD Radeon RX 590
Price $ 169.0 $ 214.0 45 (27%)
Year 2019 2018 1 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 66C 82C 16 (24%)
Max Fan Noise 39dB 42.5dB 3.5 (9%)
Recommended Power Supply 460W 575W 115 (25%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-8700K @ 3.70GHz ($369.89) Intel Core i7-8700K @ 3.70GHz ($369.89)
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 66.3 FPS 80.7 FPS 14.4 (22%)
Average 1440p Performance 47.7 FPS 58.0 FPS 10.3 (22%)
(Ultrawide) Average 1440p Performance 40.4 FPS 49.1 FPS 8.7 (22%)
Average 4K Performance 27.8 FPS 33.8 FPS 6 (22%)
Memory 4 GB 8 GB 4 (100%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 2.6 $ 3.5 0.9 (35%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 3.5 $ 4.8 1.3 (37%)
(Ultrawide) 1440p Cost Per Frame $ 4.2 $ 5.7 1.5 (36%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 6.1 $ 8.3 2.2 (36%)
Variant AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB AMD Radeon RX 590
Overall Combination Score 81/100 82/100 1 (1%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 5500 XT 4GB to RX 590 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.

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, Valorant at 61 fps to 108 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 78 fps. For 2160p 4K, we were able to play Valorant at 94 fps to 94 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 94 fps.

AMD Radeon RX 590

AMD ’s xx90 cards have always been defined by high-end prices with performance that knocks on the door of extreme graphics cards – especially when overclocked. After taking the time to fully test the GCN 4.0 graphics card inside the RX 590, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend. For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play Monster Hunter: World, Godfall, GreedFall, Death Stranding, Final Fantasy XV at 64 fps to 68 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 67 fps.

For 1440p Quad HD, we were able to play Apex Legends, Resident Evil 2, Forza Horizon 4, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Strange Brigade at 60 fps to 67 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 64 fps. For 2160p 4K, we were able to play Valorant at 107 fps to 107 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 107 fps.

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 590
Year Game Frames Per Second
2020 Assassin's Creed Valhalla
27
30.0
30
34.3
2020 Microsoft Flight Simulator
17
19.6
20
22.4
2020 Valorant
118
131.6
135
150.5
2020 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
46
51.6
53
59.0
2020 Death Stranding
53
59.6
61
68.2
2020 Marvel's Avengers
34
38.8
39
44.4
2020 Godfall
52
58.0
59
66.3
2020 Cyberpunk 2077
27
30.0
30
34.3
2019 Apex Legends
54
60.2
72
81.0
2019 Anthem
34
38.8
46
52.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
51
57.1
68
76.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
67
74.5
83
92.4
2019 Metro Exodus
30
33.7
37
41.2
2019 World War Z
75
83.6
91
102.0
2019 Gears of War 5
43
47.9
53
59.9
2019 F1 2019
54
60.2
67
75.2
2019 GreedFall
49
55.1
60
67.7
2019 Borderlands 3
34
38.8
42
47.6
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
66
73.4
82
91.5
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
25
28.6
31
35.2
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
40
44.9
49
55.4
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
83
92.8
100
112.1
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
32
35.7
39
43.5
2018 Final Fantasy XV
50
56.1
61
68.2
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
54
60.2
64
71.9
2018 Forza Horizon 4
55
62.2
67
75.5
2018 Fallout 76
75
83.6
90
101.1
2018 Hitman 2
58
65.3
71
79.2
2018 Just Cause 4
43
47.9
53
59.5
2018 Monster Hunter: World
46
52.0
57
64.0
2018 Strange Brigade
69
77.5
86
96.5
2018 Battlefield V
77
85.7
93
103.5
2017 Dawn of War III
81
90.8
99
110.0
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
53
59.2
64
71.7
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
46
52.0
56
63.3
2017 Destiny 2
81
90.8
98
109.6
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
41
45.9
50
56.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
56
63.2
68
75.9
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
59
66.3
74
82.4
2017 For Honor
78
87.7
98
109.8
2017 Project CARS 2
55
62.2
70
77.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
67
75.5
84
94.2
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
53
59.2
64
71.6
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
55
61.2
66
74.3
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
45
51.0
55
61.4
2016 Doom
110
122.4
133
148.7
2016 F1 2016
74
82.6
89
99.9
2016 Hitman
78
86.7
94
105.0
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
76
84.7
92
102.6
2016 The Division
59
66.3
72
80.7
2016 Total War: Warhammer
63
70.4
76
85.1
2016 Battlefield 1
91
102.0
110
123.0
2016 Overwatch
88
97.9
105
117.7
2016 Dishonored 2
41
45.9
51
56.7
2015 DiRT Rally
90
101.0
109
121.6
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
49
55.1
59
66.4
2015 The Witcher 3
65
72.4
79
88.1
2015 Rocket League
232
258.1
288
320.3
2015 Need For Speed
64
71.4
79
88.8
2015 Project CARS
61
68.3
76
85.1
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
112
125.5
140
155.6
2013 Crysis 3
74
82.6
89
99.9
2013 Battlefield 4
67
74.5
80
89.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
158
176.5
197
219.6
2009 League of Legends
298
331.5
370
411.8

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 590
Year Game Frames Per Second
2020 Assassin's Creed Valhalla
20
26.0
23
29.7
2020 Microsoft Flight Simulator
13
17.2
15
19.7
2020 Valorant
86
107.6
98
123.1
2020 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
32
40.4
36
46.2
2020 Death Stranding
36
46.2
42
52.9
2020 Marvel's Avengers
22
27.6
25
31.6
2020 Godfall
31
38.8
35
44.4
2020 Cyberpunk 2077
22
28.0
25
32.0
2019 Apex Legends
35
44.9
48
60.3
2019 Anthem
24
30.6
33
41.4
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
35
43.9
47
59.4
2019 Resident Evil 2
40
50.0
49
62.2
2019 Metro Exodus
20
25.5
25
32.0
2019 World War Z
48
61.2
59
74.5
2019 Gears of War 5
28
35.7
34
43.5
2019 F1 2019
34
42.8
42
53.3
2019 GreedFall
31
39.8
39
49.0
2019 Borderlands 3
21
26.5
26
33.4
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
42
53.0
52
65.9
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
18
23.5
23
28.8
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
28
35.7
34
43.5
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
46
58.1
56
70.6
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
24
30.6
29
36.5
2018 Final Fantasy XV
32
40.8
38
48.7
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
31
38.8
37
46.3
2018 Forza Horizon 4
41
52.0
50
63.3
2018 Fallout 76
46
58.1
56
70.6
2018 Hitman 2
34
42.8
40
51.2
2018 Just Cause 4
28
35.7
35
43.9
2018 Monster Hunter: World
29
36.7
35
44.8
2018 Strange Brigade
43
54.1
53
67.3
2018 Battlefield V
51
64.3
62
77.9
2017 Dawn of War III
45
57.1
55
69.4
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
35
43.9
42
53.2
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
30
37.7
36
45.1
2017 Destiny 2
62
77.5
75
93.8
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
28
35.7
34
42.6
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
32
40.8
39
49.4
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
38
47.9
47
59.5
2017 For Honor
41
52.0
51
64.0
2017 Project CARS 2
35
43.9
43
54.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
54
68.3
68
85.1
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
35
44.9
43
54.8
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
31
39.8
38
47.5
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
37
46.9
45
56.5
2016 Doom
68
85.7
82
103.5
2016 F1 2016
51
64.3
62
78.1
2016 Hitman
49
62.2
59
74.8
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
40
51.0
49
62.1
2016 The Division
36
45.9
44
55.5
2016 Total War: Warhammer
45
57.1
55
69.4
2016 Battlefield 1
51
64.3
62
77.8
2016 Overwatch
53
67.3
64
81.0
2016 Dishonored 2
31
38.8
38
48.5
2015 DiRT Rally
56
70.4
67
84.8
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
31
38.8
37
46.3
2015 The Witcher 3
32
40.8
39
49.6
2015 Rocket League
88
111.2
109
137.3
2015 Need For Speed
44
55.1
54
68.6
2015 Project CARS
41
52.0
52
65.0
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
65
81.6
80
100.7
2013 Crysis 3
31
38.8
37
46.4
2013 Battlefield 4
38
47.9
46
58.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
117
146.9
146
183.0
2009 League of Legends
147
184.6
183
228.8

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 590
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
28
37.7
39
51.5
2019 Anthem
19
25.5
25
34.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
27
35.7
36
48.6
2019 Resident Evil 2
30
39.8
37
49.7
2019 Metro Exodus
17
22.4
21
27.9
2019 World War Z
38
51.0
47
62.8
2019 Gears of War 5
23
30.6
28
38.0
2019 F1 2019
28
37.7
35
46.7
2019 GreedFall
22
29.6
28
37.0
2019 Borderlands 3
17
22.4
20
27.2
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
34
44.9
42
56.3
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
15
20.4
19
25.2
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
23
30.6
28
38.0
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
35
46.9
43
56.7
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
19
25.5
23
31.3
2018 Final Fantasy XV
26
34.7
31
41.7
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
24
31.6
29
38.4
2018 Forza Horizon 4
35
46.9
43
56.7
2018 Fallout 76
36
47.9
44
58.6
2018 Hitman 2
27
35.7
33
43.7
2018 Just Cause 4
21
28.6
27
35.7
2018 Monster Hunter: World
21
28.6
26
35.5
2018 Strange Brigade
34
44.9
42
55.6
2018 Battlefield V
40
53.0
48
63.9
2017 Dawn of War III
34
45.9
42
55.5
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
27
36.7
33
44.6
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
24
32.6
30
39.7
2017 Destiny 2
47
62.2
56
74.9
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
22
29.6
27
35.8
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
25
33.7
30
40.6
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
32
42.8
40
53.9
2017 For Honor
31
40.8
39
51.4
2017 Project CARS 2
32
42.8
40
53.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
51
67.3
63
83.7
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
23
30.6
27
36.5
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
32
42.8
39
51.7
2016 Doom
51
68.3
62
82.7
2016 F1 2016
41
55.1
50
66.1
2016 Total War: Warhammer
34
44.9
41
54.1
2016 Battlefield 1
40
53.0
48
64.1
2016 Overwatch
41
54.1
49
65.7
2016 Dishonored 2
28
37.7
35
46.5
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
23
30.6
27
36.5
2015 Rocket League
65
86.7
81
107.7
2015 Need For Speed
38
50.0
46
61.2
2015 Project CARS
36
47.9
45
59.3
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
48
63.2
59
78.9
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
113
149.9
141
186.0
2009 League of Legends
104
137.7
130
171.3

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB
AMD Radeon RX 590
Year Game Frames Per Second
2020 Assassin's Creed Valhalla
12
17.6
14
20.1
2020 Microsoft Flight Simulator
9
13.6
10
15.6
2020 Valorant
65
93.6
74
107.1
2020 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
15
21.6
17
24.7
2020 Death Stranding
19
28.1
22
32.1
2020 Marvel's Avengers
10
14.5
11
16.6
2020 Godfall
12
18.5
14
21.1
2020 Cyberpunk 2077
12
18.4
14
21.0
2019 Apex Legends
18
26.5
25
36.0
2019 Anthem
11
16.3
15
22.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
16
23.5
22
31.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
17
24.5
21
30.7
2019 Metro Exodus
11
16.3
14
20.1
2019 World War Z
24
34.7
29
42.8
2019 Gears of War 5
15
22.4
19
27.5
2019 F1 2019
19
27.5
23
33.9
2019 GreedFall
11
16.3
14
20.1
2019 Borderlands 3
10
14.3
12
17.4
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
22
31.6
27
39.3
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
10
14.3
12
18.3
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
15
22.4
19
27.5
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
20
29.6
24
35.3
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
12
18.4
15
21.9
2018 Final Fantasy XV
17
24.5
20
29.2
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
14
21.4
17
25.6
2018 Forza Horizon 4
24
35.7
29
42.6
2018 Fallout 76
22
31.6
27
39.0
2018 Hitman 2
17
25.5
21
30.4
2018 Just Cause 4
12
18.4
16
22.9
2018 Monster Hunter: World
12
17.3
15
21.5
2018 Strange Brigade
20
29.6
25
36.6
2018 Battlefield V
23
33.7
28
41.4
2017 Dawn of War III
20
28.6
24
34.3
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
17
25.5
21
30.1
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
17
24.5
20
29.2
2017 Destiny 2
27
38.8
32
46.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
14
20.4
17
24.4
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
15
22.4
18
26.4
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
23
33.7
28
41.2
2017 For Honor
17
25.5
22
32.0
2017 Project CARS 2
25
36.7
32
45.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
39
57.1
49
71.4
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
12
17.3
14
20.7
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
22
32.6
28
40.2
2016 Doom
29
42.8
35
51.0
2016 F1 2016
26
37.7
31
45.6
2016 Total War: Warhammer
18
26.5
22
31.7
2016 Battlefield 1
24
34.7
29
41.9
2016 Overwatch
24
34.7
29
41.8
2016 Dishonored 2
21
30.6
26
38.4
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
12
18.4
15
21.9
2015 Rocket League
36
52.0
44
64.0
2015 Need For Speed
25
36.7
32
45.8
2015 Project CARS
25
36.7
32
45.8
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
26
37.7
32
46.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
92
132.6
115
164.7
2009 League of Legends
51
73.4
64
91.5
RX 5500 XT 4GB vs RX 590 with i7-8700K vs i7-8700K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings
RX 5500 XT 4GB vs RX 590 with i7-8700K vs i7-8700K at 1440p and ultra vs ultra settings
RX 5500 XT 4GB vs RX 590 with i7-8700K vs i7-8700K at 4K 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 590 / i7-8700K

At 1440p, RX 590 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 590 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 590 against the competition in budget mid-range cards. It is worth noting that the RX 590 is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. In terms of memory, the RX 590 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

RX 5500 XT 4GB vs RX 590 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 590
Length7.09 inches 180 mm9.5 inches 241 mm
Outputs1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 8-pin1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP110 W225 W

Clock Speeds

RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 590
Boost Clock1845 MHz1545 MHz
GPU Clock1670 MHz1469 MHz
Memory Clock1750 MHz 14000 MHz effective2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 590
Bus InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationNaviPolaris (RX 500)
Launch Price199 USD279 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateDec 12th, 2019Nov 15th, 2018

Graphics Features

RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 590
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 590
ArchitectureRDNA 1.0GCN 4.0
Die Size158 mm²244 mm²
GPU NameNavi 14Polaris 30
GPU VariantNavi 14 XTPolaris 30 XT (215-0922006)
Process Size7 nm12 nm
Transistors6,400 million5,700 million

Memory

RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 590
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 590
Compute Units2236
ROPs3232
Shading Units14082304
TMUs88144

Theoretical Performance

RX 5500 XT 4GB RX 590
FP16 (half) performance10.39 TFLOPS (2:1)7,119 GFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance5.196 TFLOPS 7,119 GFLOPS (1:1)
FP64 (double) performance324.7 GFLOPS (1:16)445.0 GFLOPS (1:16)
Pixel Rate59.04 GPixel/s 49.44 GPixel/s
Texture Rate162.4 GTexel/s 222.5 GTexel/s

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