AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB
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AMD Radeon RX 480

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB
AMD Radeon RX 480
RX 5500 XT 8GB RX 480 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB AMD Radeon RX 480
Price $ 199.0 $ 399.0 200 (101%)
Year 2019 2016 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 68C 77C 9 (13%)
Max Fan Noise 39dB 51dB 12 (31%)
Recommended Power Supply 480W 500W 20 (4%)
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 76.2 FPS 62.5 FPS 13.7 (18%)
Average 1440p Performance 54.1 FPS 46.0 FPS 8.1 (15%)
(Ultrawide) Average 1440p Performance 45.5 FPS 39.4 FPS 6.1 (13%)
Average 4K Performance 30.9 FPS 27.6 FPS 3.3 (11%)
Memory 8 GB 8 GB 0 (0%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 2.6 $ 6.4 3.8 (146%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 3.7 $ 8.7 5 (135%)
(Ultrawide) 1440p Cost Per Frame $ 4.4 $ 10.2 5.8 (132%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 6.4 $ 14.5 8.1 (127%)
Variant AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB AMD Radeon RX 480
Overall Combination Score 81/100 74/100 7 (9%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 480 to RX 5500 XT 8GB 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 8GB .

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB

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 8GB is closer to being reasonably affordable at a price tag of $ 199. 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 8GB, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend.

The RX 5500 XT 8GB has 8 GB RAM compared to the RX 570 's 4 GB video memory. In our synthetic benchmarks, the RX 5500 XT 8GB blows past the RX 570 and, amazingly, even the RX 580 as well.

Unfortunately, gaming performance was not quite as impressive. Even if the RX 5500 XT 8GB consistently delivers frame rate increases over the RX 570, the gain is not much to justify an upgrade. Whether it is a justifiable upgrade depends on what graphics card you are upgrading from. Users with a RX 570 will not see a remarkable increase in frame rates after paying more for this RX 5500 XT 8GB. Similarly, those holding onto GTX 1660 's GTX 1060 6GB graphics cards will not have a reason to jump teams yet.

For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play GreedFall, Final Fantasy XV, Far Cry New Dawn, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, F1 2019 at 61 fps to 68 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 64 fps. For 1440p Quad HD, we were able to play Strange Brigade, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Fallout 76, World War Z, Battlefield V at 61 fps to 72 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 66 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 8GB
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
62
69.7
56
63.0
2019 Anthem
40
45.0
36
40.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
58
65.3
53
59.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
75
83.5
68
75.8
2019 Metro Exodus
33
37.4
30
33.7
2019 World War Z
82
92.1
76
85.0
2019 Gears of War 5
48
53.6
44
49.1
2019 F1 2019
60
67.5
55
61.6
2019 GreedFall
54
61.1
49
55.5
2019 Borderlands 3
38
42.8
35
39.0
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
74
82.4
67
75.0
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
28
32.1
26
28.9
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
45
50.3
40
45.4
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
92
102.8
75
84.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
35
39.6
29
33.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
55
62.1
51
57.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
59
66.4
48
54.0
2018 Just Cause 4
48
53.6
43
48.7
2018 Monster Hunter: World
52
57.8
47
52.5
2018 Strange Brigade
78
86.7
71
79.1
2018 Battlefield V
85
95.3
58
65.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
52
57.8
42
47.0
2017 Destiny 2
90
100.7
81
91.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
66
74.0
60
67.5
2017 For Honor
88
98.5
81
90.0
2017 Project CARS 2
62
69.7
57
63.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
76
84.7
69
77.2
2016 Dishonored 2
46
51.4
41
46.5
2015 Rocket League
260
289.2
236
262.5
2015 Need For Speed
72
80.3
65
72.7
2015 Project CARS
69
77.1
62
69.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
126
140.4
114
127.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
178
198.1
162
180.0
2009 League of Legends
334
371.7
303
337.5

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
41
51.4
37
46.9
2019 Anthem
28
35.3
25
32.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
41
51.4
36
46.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
44
55.7
40
51.0
2019 Metro Exodus
23
29.0
20
26.2
2019 World War Z
54
67.5
49
62.0
2019 Gears of War 5
31
39.6
28
35.6
2019 F1 2019
38
48.1
34
43.6
2019 GreedFall
35
44.0
32
40.1
2019 Borderlands 3
24
30.0
21
27.4
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
47
58.9
43
54.0
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
20
25.7
18
23.6
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
31
39.6
28
35.6
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
51
64.3
42
53.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
26
33.3
20
26.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
36
45.0
32
40.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
34
42.8
28
35.0
2018 Fallout 76
51
64.3
50
63.0
2018 Just Cause 4
31
39.6
28
36.0
2018 Monster Hunter: World
32
40.7
29
36.7
2018 Strange Brigade
48
61.1
44
55.1
2018 Battlefield V
57
71.8
36
46.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
33
41.7
24
31.0
2017 Destiny 2
68
85.7
62
78.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
42
53.6
38
48.7
2017 For Honor
46
57.8
42
52.5
2017 Project CARS 2
39
49.3
36
45.0
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
61
77.1
55
69.7
2016 Dishonored 2
35
44.0
31
39.7
2015 Rocket League
99
124.2
90
112.5
2015 Need For Speed
49
62.1
44
56.2
2015 Project CARS
47
58.9
42
53.3
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
72
91.0
66
82.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
131
164.9
120
150.0
2009 League of Legends
165
206.8
150
187.5

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
33
44.0
30
40.1
2019 Anthem
22
29.0
20
26.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
31
41.7
28
37.8
2019 Resident Evil 2
34
45.0
30
40.7
2019 Metro Exodus
18
24.7
17
22.8
2019 World War Z
43
56.8
39
52.3
2019 Gears of War 5
26
34.3
23
31.1
2019 F1 2019
31
41.7
29
38.2
2019 GreedFall
25
33.3
23
30.3
2019 Borderlands 3
18
24.7
16
22.3
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
38
50.3
35
46.1
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
17
22.4
15
20.7
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
26
34.3
23
31.1
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
39
52.5
33
44.4
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
22
29.0
17
23.5
2018 Final Fantasy XV
29
38.6
25
34.2
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
26
35.3
21
28.9
2018 Fallout 76
40
53.6
39
52.4
2018 Just Cause 4
24
32.1
22
29.3
2018 Monster Hunter: World
24
32.1
22
29.1
2018 Strange Brigade
38
50.3
34
45.5
2018 Battlefield V
44
58.9
30
40.1
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
27
36.4
22
29.4
2017 Destiny 2
52
68.5
47
62.6
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
36
48.1
33
44.1
2017 For Honor
34
46.0
31
42.1
2017 Project CARS 2
36
48.1
33
44.1
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
57
75.0
52
68.6
2016 Dishonored 2
31
41.7
28
38.1
2015 Rocket League
74
97.4
67
88.3
2015 Need For Speed
42
55.7
38
50.1
2015 Project CARS
40
53.6
36
48.6
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
53
70.7
49
64.6
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
127
168.2
115
152.5
2009 League of Legends
117
154.2
106
140.4

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
21
31.1
19
28.0
2019 Anthem
13
19.3
12
17.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
18
26.7
17
24.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
19
27.8
17
25.1
2019 Metro Exodus
12
18.3
11
16.5
2019 World War Z
27
38.6
24
35.7
2019 Gears of War 5
17
24.7
15
22.5
2019 F1 2019
21
31.1
19
27.8
2019 GreedFall
12
18.3
11
16.5
2019 Borderlands 3
11
16.1
10
14.3
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
24
35.3
22
32.2
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
11
16.1
10
15.0
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
17
24.7
15
22.5
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
22
32.1
21
30.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
14
20.4
12
18.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
18
26.7
16
24.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
16
23.6
13
19.0
2018 Fallout 76
24
35.3
24
35.0
2018 Just Cause 4
14
20.4
13
18.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
13
19.3
12
17.6
2018 Strange Brigade
23
33.3
21
30.0
2018 Battlefield V
26
37.4
20
29.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
18
26.7
16
24.0
2017 Destiny 2
29
42.8
27
39.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
26
37.4
23
33.7
2017 For Honor
20
29.0
18
26.2
2017 Project CARS 2
29
41.7
26
37.5
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
45
64.3
40
58.5
2016 Dishonored 2
24
34.3
22
31.5
2015 Rocket League
40
57.8
36
52.5
2015 Need For Speed
29
41.7
26
37.5
2015 Project CARS
29
41.7
26
37.5
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
29
41.7
26
38.2
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
104
148.9
94
135.0
2009 League of Legends
57
82.4
52
75.0
RX 5500 XT 8GB vs RX 480 with i7-8700K vs i7-6700K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB / i7-8700K

At 1440p, RX 5500 XT 8GB 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 8GB 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 8GB against the competition in budget mid-range cards. In terms of memory, the RX 5500 XT 8GB 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

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 8GB vs RX 480 Specifications Comparison

RX 5500 XT 8GB RX 480

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