Introduction:

2019 has been a great year for AMD on all sides. The company’s 3rd generation Ryzen CPUs has been unleashed and sold widespread in the world and when it comes to the graphics market, the company’s RX 5500 XT graphics card series are finally here, delivering extra possibilities to the economical and mid-range graphics card market. The RX 5500 XT is a mainstream GPU targeting AAA gameplay at 1080p resolution. The new RX 5500 XT is from a new NAVI 14 family which is powered by 7nm gaming RDNA architecture that is more efficient than its older CGN architecture. Today we will review the brand-new mid-range XFX AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro which is prized at $220 USD slightly expensive than reference version which is $199 USD. The Radeon RX 5500 XT is offered by AMD in 4GB and 8GB variants with high end GDDR6 memory standard and to support PCI-Express 4.0 bus interface. Let’s move and review the product.

THE XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB THICC II Pro:

Meet the Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB from XFX, the AIB partner of AMD. This card is from the NAVI 14 family which is based on 7nm gaming RDNA architecture, features 22 compute units with 1408 stream processors. The game clock 1717MHz and a boost clock up to 1845MHz. The XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB THICC Pro is equipped with company’s high end 8GB GDDR6 memory standard, clocked at 1750MHz (14000MHz effective) with a bandwidth of 224.0 GB/s and a memory bus of 128 bit. One of the noticeable attributes of new gaming RDNA architecture from the NAVI 14 family is the compatibility of PCI-Express 4.0 bus interface which is two times higher bandwidth than its previous version PCI-Express 3.0.

Technical Specifications:

Model Number RX-55XT8DFD6
Bus Type PCI-Express 4.0
Game Clock 1717MHz
Boost Clock Up to 1845MHz
Stream Processors 1408
Memory Bus 128 bits
Memory Clock 14 Gbps
Memory Size 8GB
Memory Type GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 224.0 GB/s
Card Profile Dual Slot
Thermal Solution Dual Fansink
External Power 8-Pins 1
Minimum Power Supply Requirement 450 Watts

 

Packaging and Unboxing:

The XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT is received in to a box made of cardboard with an outside box made of the paperboard. The packing theme of the box is red and black.

Frontside Box Picture

On the frontside of the box we have the standing picture of the graphic card, the variant is THICC II Pro basically refers to the dual fansink thermal solution of the graphic card. Some features and 8GB GDDR6 and PCI-Express 4.0 support shows on the left bottom of the box.

Backside Box Picture

The backside of the box illustrates some prominent characteristics of the RX 5500 XT in details such as FreeSync2 HDR, FidelityFX, Image Sharpening and Anti-Lag on right and the new gaming RDNA GPU architecture and some other important features showing on the left.

Right Side Box Picture
Left Side Box Picture

Now we take a look on the right and left side of the box, this right side presents the least requirements of the graphics card like PCI-Express complaint board, minimum 450 watts power supply, at least 4GB of system memory etc. and the contents that shows what’s in the box that is shipped with the GPU.

Brown Box Frontside Picture

The XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT is shipped in a brown box of cardboard that is inside in the outer box and inside the brown box the graphics card is protected in the anti-static container and another box contains the accessories.

Contents of the Box:

Following are the contents that what’s inside the box.

  • XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro
  • Installation Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • One 8-Pin Supplementary Power Connector

GPU Close Up:

The graphics card we have for review is XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro which measures in 11.06 x 5.71 x 1.73 inches that covers dual slot of your casing. This graphics card doesn’t have any RGB lightning here. The XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro totally in black theme.

GPU Frontside Picture

The XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro packs two 100mm fans with XFX sticker in the center of them for its thermal solution that runs quiet and long term. These are “XFX Zero DB Auto Load Sensing Fans” that means the fans will auto stop at a set temperature and will start spinning at a speed as needed when GPU heated during gaming or other multimedia.

GPU Backside Picture

The XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro uses a fully solid black metal backplate. There are cutouts on the backplate for airing purpose. With this backplate, the GPU presents the elegant look.

GPU Top Side Picture

Now we have a top side of the graphics card here, this side shows the open airflow design of the GPU to confirm maximum heat ventilation. This airflow design shows the four copper heat pipes coming through the aluminum fins to the top. This GPU uses one 8-pin supplementary power connector for extended power that shows on the top left side.

GPU Output Bracket Picture

The right side of the graphics card presents the output shield consisting of the following connectivity options:

  • 3x Display Ports 1.4
  • 1x HDMI Port 2.0b
GPU Front Side Picture

Test Bench and Methodology:

Our methodology is to maximum power and temperature limit to get the true potential of the graphic card, default fan speed and drivers setting, 13 games tested on full HD 1080p resolution and with synthetics, average and 1% lows are calculated.
Following are the specifications of our test bench:

Processor AMD Ryzen 5 3600x 3.8GHz
Motherboard Gigabyte Aorus X570 Elite Wi-Fi
Memory Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB (2x8GB) 16GB 3600MHz
Hard Disk Drive Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM
Solid State Drive Western Digital Black 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD

XPG SX950U 480GB SSD

Graphic Card XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro
GPU Drivers Version 20.4.1 April 1st
Power Supply Antec EAG 650W 80+ Gold
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S Chromax Black
Casing Corsair Obsidian 500D

 

Gaming Benchmarks:

XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB Thicc II – Games Benchmarks

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey 1080p [High Preset]:

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the latest title in the Assassin’s Creed franchise from Ubisoft and a very graphics intensive title in the franchise that can’t easily runs in max settings in every GPU today. You see that the XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT easily achieve the average 67fps and minimum 35fps at 1% lows.

Read Dead Redemption 2 1080p (Vulkan) [Balanced Preset]:

Read Dead Redemption 2, a renowned title from Rockstar Games was an exclusive for consoles but it finally came to PC back in November 2019. So, we tested and discover that this game covers 58fps as average and minimum 37fps at 1% lows.

Far Cry 5 1080p [Ultra Preset]:

Another title from Ubisoft in Far Cry franchise is the Far Cry 5, an optimized title for PC. We can see that XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT runs this game at average 79fps and minimum of 69fps (above 60).

Counter Strike Global Offensive 1080p [Ultra Preset]:

Counter Strike Global Offensive also known as CSGO is a widely played online first-person shooter game by Valve Corporation. This game easily gets an average of 257fps and least as 178fps by 1% lows method.

Metro Exodus 1080p [Medium Preset]:

Metro Exodus is the latest title in the metro series by 4A Games and published by Deep Silver. This game has a multiple Nvidia features like ray tracing and hairworks etc. and not optimized for AMD graphic cards but XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT gets an average 51fps at medium settings and min of 37fps.

Shadow of The Tomb Raider 1080p [Ultra Preset]:

XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT runs Shadow of the Tomb Raider in ultra-settings and gets an average of 78fps and minimum of total 60fps at 1% lows.

Witcher 3 The Wild Hunt 1080p [Ultra Preset]:

Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is a popular RPG title and achieve 2015 game of the year award and with the inspiration of the game, the season 1 of The Witcher series was released in December 2019 at Netflix. This game runs at max settings and gets an average of 70fps and min of 50fps.

Tekken 7 1080p [Ultra Preset]:

Some games are capped at certain frames per second by developers, it means the game won’t get higher frames per second than fixed frames per second by developers. Tekken 7 is capped at 60fps so we get 60fps at ultra-settings.

Mortal Kombat 11 1080p [Ultra Preset]:

Like Tekken 7, the Mortal Kombat 11 is also capped at 60fps. So, the results are same at ultra-settings.

Rainbow Six Siege 1080p [Ultra Preset]:

Rainbow Six Siege is an online tactical first-person shooting game by Ubisoft. You can see that the XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT gets average of 122fps followed by least of 95fps at 1% lows in Rainbow Six Siege.

Grand Theft Auto V 1080p [High Preset]:

Grand Theft Auto V also known as GTA V is an open world action adventure title by Rockstar Games. Perhaps the most awaited PC release of this decade. This game has a number of settings under graphics tab, so we set the game to high preset and gets 58fps at average and 33fps at minimum.

Control 1080p [High Preset]:

Control is an action adventure game by Remedy Entertainment, this is the most unexpected title of 2019. This game has a psychological thriller storyline. In XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT, this game runs average at 56fps and least of 41fps.

Doom Eternal 1080p (Vulkan) [High Preset]:

Doom Eternal is the latest release in the Doom series developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. This is the sequel to Doom 2016. This title runs at 108fps an average and minimum of 82fps at 1% lows.

Synthetic Benchmarks:

Synthetic Benchmarks

3D Mark Fire Strike:

In this graph we can see that XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro hits 14158 graphics score points and overall, 12375 score points in 3D Mark Fire Strike.

3D Mark Time Spy:

In the next graph we run 3D Mark Time Spy and test the graphic card and results are here. 4791 graphics score points and 5055 overall score points.

GPU Thermals:

Graphics Card Thermals

In order to measure the temperature of the GPU, HWinfo64 used for this purpose and we run 3D Mark Fire Strike to put maximum load on the GPU in order to get higher temperature. XFX dual fansink thermal design did a good job here, you can see that GPU has an idle temperature of 46-degree celsius, and under the load the maximum temperature is 72-degree celsius. The ambient room temperature during testing was 28-degree celsius. The GPU was quite silent during full load.

Power Consumption:

Power Draw

There is no doubt that the new AMD’s 7nm NAVI GPUs are more significant as compared to Polaris 14nm GPUs in terms of efficiency. We again used HWinfo64 to measure the power consumption of the GPU at idle and peak gaming level. Power draw of XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT THICC II Pro peaked at 114W under gaming and 13W during an idle state. With 114W under peak gaming proves that the AMD’s new NAVI 7nm GPUs are power efficient.

Price and Availability in Pakistan:

AMD has set the MSRP of RX 5500 XT at $199 USD at this time (reference design). XFX offers RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro at $220 USD, slightly expensive than reference version but with better thermal design. XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro is available at TEXON-WARE (Naz Plaza Karachi) for the price of Rs.39,000/- PKR with a 1.5 years local warranty.

Conclusion:

XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro is a mid-range budgeted graphic card targeted at 1080p gaming. With this new RDNA 7nm gaming architecture from the NAVI 14 family, this GPU ensures better performance and power efficiency. We tested RX 5500 XT on 1080p resolution, tested synthetics and play several gaming titles medium to ultra-preset and get elegant FPS. The thermal solution is far way better than reference variant, thanks to XFX Dual Fansink thermal design that keeps the graphic card at moderate temperature under gaming load. The XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT has a smooth and nice look, covering in the matte black theme followed by sophisticated design with a solid black metal backplate with XFX branding. XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT is best for budgeted gamers who can’t afford expensive GPUs and want 1080p FHD gaming. We thankful to Texon-Ware for giving us the chance for the analysis of XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro graphic card. We definitely recommend XFX Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC II Pro because of power efficiency, excellent thermal solution, performance at best price and warranty of the product.

We are thankful to TEXON-WARE for providing us the XFX AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 THICC II Graphics Card for review.

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