Notebookcheck

Comeback: AMD reaches NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q levels of performance with the Radeon RX 5500M

Comeback: AMD reaches NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q levels of performance with the Radeon RX 5500M (Image source: Notebookcheck)
Comeback: AMD reaches NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q levels of performance with the Radeon RX 5500M (Image source: Notebookcheck)
We were able to run numerous gaming benchmarks on the AMD Radeon RX 5500M as part of our exclusive hands-on with the MSI Alpha 15, an outline of which we shall provide in this review snippet. In short, the new Navi 14 chip comes closer to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q than the GTX 1650, while even reaching GTX 1660 Ti levels on occasion.

After a successful return to the processor market with its Ryzen processors, AMD has now set its sights on GPUs with its Navi architecture. We have already seen what the desktop variants offer in our RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT reviews, but now it is the turn of the Radeon RX 5500M to show what AMD can do on laptops. The MSI Alpha 15 will be one of the first gaming laptops that includes the new GPU, while the Ryzen 7 3750H equipped device will also be equally rare for its all-AMD CPU and GPU offering.

MSI kindly provided us with a pre-production model for our hands-on review, during which we had the opportunity to put the Alpha 15 and Radeon RX 5500M through its paces. Initial results are promising, although AMD and MSI need to improvements in some games. In short, the Alpha 15 and Radeon RX 5500M come close to the performance that GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q equipped laptops offer. However, the Radeon RX 5500M also fluctuates between matching the GTX 1650 and nearing GTX 1660 Ti levels in some games. The Alpha 15 scores well in the older 3DMark 11 too, while straddling the gap between the GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q in the newer Fire Strike benchmark.

Meanwhile, the sophisticated Time Spy Graphics benchmark sees the combination of the Ryzen 7 3750H CPU and Radeon RX 5500M GPU 12% ahead of the fastest GTX 1650 laptop. The Alpha 15 also scores 18% less than the best GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q laptop of our hands-on review comparison devices.

Working For Notebookcheck

Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team! Especially English native speakers welcome!

Currently wanted: 
News and Editorial Editor - Details here

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
  (51.6 - 61.3, n=15)
56.2 fps ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
55.2 fps ∼98%
HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0009ng
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
53.1 fps ∼94%
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-81SX00B2GE
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
53.1 (min: 50, max: 58, 99th percentile: 51) fps ∼94%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
52.2 fps ∼93%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
  (48.5 - 53.1, n=4)
50.7 fps ∼90%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
48.8 fps ∼87%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, AMD Radeon RX 5500M
43.6 (min: 36, max: 48) fps ∼78%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
37 fps ∼66%
Asus TUF FX505DT-EB73
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
36.2 fps ∼64%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
36.2 fps ∼64%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
35.4 (min: 28) fps ∼63%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
  (33.1 - 38.1, n=16)
35.3 fps ∼63%
Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IRH 81LK00BMGE
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
34.5 (min: 32, max: 37, 99th percentile: 32) fps ∼61%
Dell G5 15 5590-PCNJJ
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
34.4 (min: 26) fps ∼61%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
  (62 - 73, n=6)
66.8 fps ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
62 fps ∼93%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
  (49 - 64, n=3)
54 fps ∼81%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, AMD Radeon RX 5500M
53 (min: 44) fps ∼79%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
49 fps ∼73%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
49 fps ∼73%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
44 (min: 9) fps ∼66%
Dell G5 15 5590-PCNJJ
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
43 (min: 35) fps ∼64%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
  (34 - 46, n=6)
42.2 fps ∼63%
Asus TUF FX505DT-EB73
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
41 fps ∼61%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-81SX00B2GE
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
138 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
  (122 - 144, n=13)
136 fps ∼99%
HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0009ng
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
126.3 fps ∼92%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, AMD Radeon RX 5500M
123 fps ∼89%
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
121.6 fps ∼88%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
  (102 - 130, n=4)
117 fps ∼85%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
107.4 fps ∼78%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
102.3 fps ∼74%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
90.8 fps ∼66%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
87.7 fps ∼64%
Dell G5 15 5590-PCNJJ
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
86.1 (min: 3) fps ∼62%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
85.6 fps ∼62%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
  (68.5 - 90.8, n=12)
82.1 fps ∼59%
Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IRH 81LK00BMGE
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
78.7 fps ∼57%
Asus TUF FX505DT-EB73
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
73.9 fps ∼54%
F1 2019 - 1920x1080 Ultra High Preset AA:T AF:16x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
  (91 - 99, n=4)
93.8 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
77 fps ∼82%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
  (71 - 77, n=2)
74 fps ∼79%
HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0009ng
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
71 fps ∼76%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, AMD Radeon RX 5500M
64 (min: 54, max: 70) fps ∼68%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
63 fps ∼67%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
  (59 - 65, n=5)
61.2 fps ∼65%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
60 fps ∼64%
Dell G5 15 5590-PCNJJ
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
59 (min: 53) fps ∼63%
Rage 2 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset (Resolution Scale Off)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
  (67.9 - 68.8, n=2)
68.4 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
64.8 fps ∼95%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
  (58.2 - 64.8, n=2)
61.5 fps ∼90%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
60 fps ∼88%
HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0009ng
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
58.2 fps ∼85%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, AMD Radeon RX 5500M
53.4 (99th percentile: 47.4) fps ∼78%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
  (45.1 - 60, n=3)
50.5 fps ∼74%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
46.4 fps ∼68%
Dell G5 15 5590-PCNJJ
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
45.1 fps ∼66%
Dirt Rally 2.0 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
 
62.3 fps ∼100%
HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0009ng
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
59.2 fps ∼95%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, AMD Radeon RX 5500M
58.4 (min: 52, max: 68) fps ∼94%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
  (57.3 - 59.2, n=2)
58.3 fps ∼94%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
57.3 fps ∼92%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
  (41.8 - 44.1, n=3)
42.7 fps ∼69%
Dell G5 15 5590-PCNJJ
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
41.8 (min: 33) fps ∼67%

Synthetic benchmarks are all well and good, but games are the true test of a consumer GPU. The Radeon RX 5500M performs admirably here too, with it keeping the GTX 1650 at bay by 18% in The Witcher 3, while trailing the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q by around 12%. The Alpha 15 fares even better in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, averaging just 2% lower framerates than the average of GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q equipped devices that we have tested. Our pre-production model even overtakes some of our GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q comparison devices too. A similar picture emerges in Bioshock Infinite, an older title that we have added to our comparisons because of the numerous GPUs we have benchmarked with it. The Ryzen 7 3750H and Radeon RX 5500M outperform laptops with a GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q here, while it is closer to the GTX 1650 in F1 2019 and Rage 2. Meanwhile, the Alpha 15 has the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q in its sights in Dirt Rally 2.0.

Please note: We conducted all our benchmarks with a pre-production model. This device does not necessarily represent final production units, as we expect MSI to improve the BIOS, firmware and software before releasing the Alpha 15. Past experience tells us that the performance of some games depends heavily on GPU drivers, so our results will probably change when we test a retail unit.

Please see our accompanying MSI Alpha 15 hands-on review for our full thoughts on the device and the Radeon RX 5500M.

Buy MSI Alpha 15 now on Amazon

Source(s)

Read all 3 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2019 10 > Comeback: AMD reaches NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q levels of performance with the Radeon RX 5500M
Alex Alderson, 2019-11- 3 (Update: 2019-11- 3)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.