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Radeon RX 5500 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The Radeon RX 5500 uses a 7 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1670 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM runs at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which comes with core speeds of 1717 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator 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 memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT should be a small bit (about 3%) better at 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 using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5500 XT is the winner, not by a very large margin though. (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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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 1750 GB/s 1750 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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