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AMD launches the RX 5500XT graphics card at US$169 for 4 GB variant and US$199 for 8 GB

The RX 5500 XT delivers solid 1080p performance (Image Source: AMD)
The RX 5500 XT delivers solid 1080p performance (Image Source: AMD)
AMD recently released a new graphics card based on the Navi 14 architecture, the RX 5500 XT. The 5500 XT comes in 4 GB and 8 GB flavors and takes the fight to Nvidia's GTX 1650 Super. But with the RX 580 still selling for as low as $159, is AMD's new Navi card worth it?

AMD recently announced the launch of the RX 5500 XT. This new graphics card is based on the Navi 14 GPU (formerly utilized in the OEM-only RX 5500). Two variants were announced: a 4 GB model starting at $169, and an 8 GB model at $199. 

Both models use a cut-down variant of Navi 14, with 22 CUs and 1408 shaders enabled. 4 or 8 GB of GDDR6 is paired to a 128-bit memory bus for 224 GB/s of bandwidth. Boost clocks top out at 1845 MHz, while AMD expects the "game clock" to hover around 1717 MHz.

With the 5500 XT, AMD is clearly taking a shot at Nvidia's $159 1650 Super. Initial benchmarks suggest that the 4 GB 5500 XT edges it out in most gaming workloads. Compared to the 1650 Super, the 4 GB 5500 XT is a reasonable alternative, especially since custom variants of the 1650 Super often sell at or above $169

However, the 8 GB 5500 XT is a more questionable proposition. 8 GB RX 580s can now be had for as little as $159. These are cards that often outperform the 8 GB 5500 XT, while costing less than the 4 GB variant.

More worrying is the fact that Nvidia's GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Super retail for just US$ 20-30 more. The GTX 1660 comprehensively bests the 5500 XT. Meanwhile, the 1660 Super costs just US$10 more than the vanilla 1660 but delivers GTX 1070-levels of performance. 

If you're in the market for a solid 1080p card, the outgoing RX 580 continues to deliver exceptional value. Get hold of one while stocks last. If it's a choice between the 4 GB 5500 XT and the 1650 Super, we'd give a tentative nod to the Navi card--it delivers better performance and gets you access to AMD software goodies like Radeon Boost. We'd pass on the 8 GB variant though: for $30 more, the 1660 Super nets you 30 percent greater performance.  

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2019-12-13 (Update: 2019-12-13)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.