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Radeon RX 5500 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The Radeon RX 5500 has a clock frequency of 1670 MHz and a GDDR6 memory speed of 14000 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 7 nm design. It is comprised of 1408 SPUs, 88 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1717 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory running at 14000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1408 Stream Processors, 88 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 130 Watts
Radeon RX 5500 150 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (15%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT is just a bit (more or less 3%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon RX 5500. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 151096 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 146960 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4136 (3%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5500 XT is the winner, though only just barely. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 54944 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 53440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1504 (3%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Radeon RX 5500

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Radeon RX 5500 XT

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model Radeon RX 5500 Radeon RX 5500 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2019 December 2019
Code Name Navi 14 XT Navi 14 XTX
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1670 MHz 1717 MHz
Memory Speed 14000 GB/s 14000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 146960 Mtexels/sec 151096 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 53440 Mpixels/sec 54944 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1408 1408
Texture Mapping Units 88 88
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 7 nm 7 nm
Transistors 6400 million 6400 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 ×16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon RX 5500

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Radeon RX 5500 XT

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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