AMD Radeon RX 5500XT Now Available

AMD announced the AMD Radeon™ RX 5500 XT graphics card, harnessing the power of the groundbreaking AMD RDNA gaming architecture, up to 8GB of memory and innovative AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition features to unlock the next level of high-performance 1080p gameplay.

The latest addition to the AMD Radeon™ RX 5500 series graphics offerings announced in October, the AMD Radeon™ RX 5500 XT graphics card is optimized to deliver high-performance 1080p AAA and esports gaming. Built on industry-leading 7nm process technology, supporting high-bandwidth PCIe® 4.0 technology and available with either 4GB or 8GB of high-speed GDDR6 memory, it provides up to 13 percent faster performance on average in today’s top AAA games than the competition, and delivers up to 60+ frames-per-second (FPS) in select AAA games and up to 90+ FPS in select top esports titles.

“Today more than 64 percent of gamers play at 1080p, and they expect high framerates with high-fidelity graphics, low latency and fully immersive gaming experiences,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. “We designed the AMD Radeon™ RX 5500 XT graphics card with these gamers in mind, bringing the horsepower and power efficiency of AMD RDNA graphics architecture at an accessible price so gamers everywhere can enjoy blistering framerates and crisp visuals in their favorite titles.”

Delivering incredible performance and power efficiency, the AMD Radeon™ RX 5500 XT graphics card offers a host of exciting capabilities and AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition features to deliver incredibly fluid and immersive 1080p gaming experiences, including:

·         AMD RDNA Architecture – Built from the ground up for superior performance, scalability and power efficiency, and designed to power the future of gaming, AMD RDNA gaming architecture provides up to 1.6X higher gaming performance-per-watt than Radeon™ graphics cards based on the prior-generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.

·         AMD Radeon™ Anti-Lag – AMD Radeon Anti-Lag significantly decreases input-to-display response times, including making Overwatch up to 22 percent more responsive[viii] and offering a competitive edge in gameplay.

·         AMD Radeon™ Boost– Delivers up to a 20 percent performance boost during fast-motion gaming scenarios in PUBG by dynamically reducing image resolution, increasing framerates and fluidity, and bolstering responsiveness with little to no perceptible change in image quality.

·         AMD Radeon™ Image Sharpening (RIS) –Brings crispness and clarity to in-game visuals that have been softened by upscaling and post-process effects in DirectX® 9, 11, 12 and Vulkan® titles.When paired with Radeon™ GPU upscaling, RIS enables sharp visuals and fluid frame rates on high-resolution displays.

·         AMD FidelityFX – An open-source toolkit for game developers making it easier for them to add high-quality post-process effects that make games look beautiful while offering the optimal balance of visual fidelity and performance. Available on GPUOpen, FidelityFX features Contrast-Adaptive Sharpening (CAS), which draws out detail in low-contrast areas while minimizing artifacts caused by typical image sharpening routines.

·         Largest gaming display ecosystem –With over 900 certified monitors to choose from, gamers can enjoy stutter-free, tear-free gameplay with AMD Radeon FreeSync™ and Radeon FreeSync™ 2 HDR technology.

AMD Radeon™ Raise the Game Bundle

The new AMD Radeon™ RX 5500 XT graphics card is eligible for the latest AMD Radeon™ Raise the Game bundle, offering gamers Monster Hunter World: Iceborne™ Master Edition and three months of complimentary access to Xbox Game Pass for PC with the purchase of an AMD Radeon™ RX 5500 XT graphics card. Learn more here.

Pricing and Availability

AMD Radeon™ RX 5500 XT graphics cards are available beginning today from board partners including ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE and XFX, with an SEP starting at $169 USD.

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Sapphire Pulse AMD RX 5500 XT 4GB Review – Worth the Wait?

AMD’s had a pretty good year, with their new Ryzen 3000 processors and RX Navi GPUs shining in the spotlight. But while we’ve had the higher end RX 5700 and 5700 XT for a while, AMD’s kept us waiting for the budget card, the RX 5500 XT. Now that it’s out, was it worth the wait? Let’s find out with our Sapphire Pulse RX 5500 XT 4GB graphics card.

The Sapphire Pulse RX 5500 XT is a big card, for the kind of performance bracket it falls in, so if you were planning to put it in a small PC, like a mini-ITX build, you need to be wary of that. But on the plus side, a bigger heatsink translates into better cooling. The GPU has a dual-slot, twin fan design, covered in a black shroud with the Pulse logo on the fans. The simplistic design looks great and should fit in with most color schemes on your build. And, it has a full backplate too, which is something we generally don’t get to see in budget GPUs.

AMD has added an impressive feature set to its GPU line-up, which every gamer can use to their advantage. One such feature is Radeon Anti-lag, which reduces input latency, or the delay between pressing a key and seeing the effect on the screen. Depending on the title, it can help reduce the input lag by up to 30%, giving you a massive advantage in multiplayer and competitive games. Another useful feature is Radeon Boost, that gives increases your framerate by dynamically reducing resolution during movements like camera rotation, and scales it back up once the movement stops. Both these features are useful for gamers looking to get the most out of their hardware. And then you have the benefit of FreeSync, supported by some of the most economical monitors as well.

Talking about specs, the Sapphire Pulse RX 5500 XT has 22 compute units and 1408 stream processors. The boost clock goes up to 1845 MHz and there are two variants for memory, one with 4GB GDDR6 VRAM and the other with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM. For display options, the card comes with three DisplayPorts and one HDMI port, which is becoming more of a norm nowadays. But how good is the card when it comes to performance? Let’s take a look at the benchmarks.

To put it straight, the RX 5500 XT’s performance is a mixed bed. It’s impressive and falls in line with what you’d expect with the price tag, but it can be a bit inconsistent depending on the game, sometimes even falling behind the RX 580, which is a last-gen graphics card. The GTX 1650 Super, while it doesn’t perform as well as the RX 5500 XT, is more consistent. But this problem could possibly be a driver issue which will probably be resolved with an update, as we’ve seen happen previously with both NVIDIA and AMD GPUs.

The 4GB variant we have is pretty solid for esports gamers and people who don’t need to play games at the highest possible settings, but if you’re thinking about the long-term, it’s better to go with the 8GB model as newer and better-looking games will require more VRAM. At a price point of about INR 15,000, the RX 5500 XT offers a decent performance and feature set offering. It might seem a little high for now, but once the drivers are stabilized we should see more improvement. And if we get to see a price cut like we did with the RX 5700 GPUs, this has the potential to be the best bang for buck GPU for budget gamers.

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