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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?
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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
Arjun Krishna Lal - Tech Writer - 470 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
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. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2019-12-13 (Update: 2019-12-13)