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AMD have today released the Radeon RX 5500 XT

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Powered by AMD's newer 7nm RDNA architecture, the Radeon RX 5500 XT originally announced in October is now available aimed at the 1080p PC gaming market.

With pricing starting around $169 USD/£159.95 GBP, here's the specifications they supplied for the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT:

  • Compute Units: 22
  • Stream Processors: 1,408
  • TFLOPS: Up to 5.2
  • GDDR6 (GB): 4GB/8GB
  • Game Clock (MHz): 1,717
  • Boost Clock (MHz): "Up to" 1,845
  • Memory Interface: 128-bit

You can find the rest of the info on AMD's press release here.

If you want to see how the RX 5500 XT holds up on Linux, Phoronix took a look (AMD doesn't send GOL anything). Looks like it holds up well against the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER. If you're after a reasonably good GPU, at a good price for some Linux 1080p gaming it looks like the Radeon RX 5500 XT is a pretty good choice if you're an AMD fan.

Makes sense to put out good cards for 1080p gaming, it's still the most widely used resolution. Valve's monthly Hardware Survey puts it at 64.63% and nothing else comes close. Our own user survey puts 1080p amongst Linux gamers at around 58.42% too.

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9 comments

Xpander 12 December 2019 at 4:53 pm UTC
Good price at 200€? not really.

1650 Super is 160€ and 1660 Super which beats it hugely is 230€

and it gets beaten by RX580 and RX590 in most cases which you can find much cheaper imo

at 150€ it would of been quite OK card


Last edited by Xpander on 12 December 2019 at 4:56 pm UTC
Lolo01 12 December 2019 at 5:02 pm UTC
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According to Phoronix's benchs, the performance is close to the RX580 with lower watt consumption.
And performance will probably improve, thanks to future versions of the kernel and mesa.
The 5600 or 5600XT could be the replacement for my RX580.
Shmerl 12 December 2019 at 6:36 pm UTC
Also, I don't think ACO takes full advantage of RDNA yet. It's still work in progress, so performance is going to improve.
dpanter 13 December 2019 at 11:37 pm UTC
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8GB is a very questionable choice for this low resolution gaming card.
The_Aquabat 14 December 2019 at 12:00 am UTC
XpanderGood price at 200€? not really.


yeah in amazon the retailers are hugely inflating the prices, and all of them are out stock, let's hope is not miners buying this card.

but it should cost 169 usd which is 150 €.


Last edited by The_Aquabat on 14 December 2019 at 12:19 am UTC
The_Aquabat 14 December 2019 at 12:07 am UTC
the price is optimal I remember at launch the 580 was 215/200 usd ... the performance is very close. Now you can get a 580 for 150 usd if you search good enough. So that means when the second generation of the navis comes out prices will get more cheap and maybe we can see this card for 120/130 usd which is a hard to beat price.
dpanter 14 December 2019 at 4:14 pm UTC
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Igor's Lab managed an overclock of ~2.1 GHz on air with the MorePowerTool application which manipulates SoftPowerPlayTables. They theorized that most cards should handle 2+ GHz on air as the 7nm process has matured nicely. No performance numbers yet but keep your eyes peeled if you're looking to get a 5500XT.
The_Aquabat 14 December 2019 at 6:58 pm UTC
dpanterIgor's Lab managed an overclock of ~2.1 GHz on air with the MorePowerTool
Igor's Lab is legendary best overclocker in whole world.

interesting according to Igor's lab the 5500 XT is beating (in some games) the rx 590 counterpart by a wide margin (in some cases more than 10 fps), that didn't show up in the phoronix benchmarks.


Last edited by The_Aquabat on 14 December 2019 at 7:13 pm UTC
ugly 14 December 2019 at 8:49 pm UTC
I recent power surge destroyed my old HD7850 so I've been in the market for a new video card. I was kind of hoping the RX5500XT would be the sweet spot for gaming at 1080 resolution.

But it seems priced a bit high, and the Linux drivers don't seem to be there yet for Navi.

I found an RX570 for $100 (after rebate, unfortunately) and I had a $10 gift card at Newegg. So, $90 for a video card just a hard price to beat, especially since the RX5500XT doesn't seem to provide significant performance gains (although the lower power consumption would be nice). And the RX570 seems like it's tried and true on Linux.
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