AMD is replacing the Radeon RX 480 with its new Radeon RX 5500 XT in its current form, offering more performance with less heat and power consumption. AMD's new RDNA architecture flexes its mid-range muscles here in Navi 14 form, beating out the then-flagship Polaris 10 inside of the Radeon RX 480.
The Radeon RX 480 was a good card at the time offering GeForce GTX 980 levels of performance, but it left a lot to be desired. It was followed up with the refresh in the Radeon RX 580, and then thrown down a peg or two with the release of the Radeon RX Vega 56 and Vega 64 graphics cards. I've kept these cards on the charts for reference, and they sitll hold up today -- they're too hot, loud, and old now -- but they're still an impressive leap over the Polaris and even Navi 14 GPU.
AMD is aiming the new Radeon RX 5500 XT at the 1080p gaming market and it nails it beautifully, where in this comparison article you can see there is a good performance gap between the RX 480 and the RX 5500 XT. The RX 580 finds itself right in the middle of this battle, while the RX 590 finds itself ahead of the RX 5500 XT for the most part.
AMD has included enough new stuff here in the Navi 14 GPU, the use of GDDR6 and the new 7nm node over the previous generation Polaris 10 on 14nm and GDDR5 memory. Mix this in with the various feature additions and benefits of the new 2020 series Radeon Adrenalin driver set and you have a decent upgrade over the RX 480 in all senses of the word.
The new Radeon RX 5500 XT runs cooler, performance is higher, and there's plenty of new Navi goodies under the hood to keep you happy. Would you buy it over the GeForce GTX 1650 or GTX 1650 SUPER? I don't think so -- but that's for another article. The next one out of the gate will look at the GTX 980 Ti vs GTX 1650 vs GTX 1650 SUPER vs the old and new stack of Radeon cards.
Until then, AMD has enough new here with the Radeon RX 5500 XT that it is a big step up over the RX 480. The higher-end Radeon RX 570, RX 580, and RX 590 decimate the RX 5500 XT for the most part -- but that's not what this article is for. This article is solely looking at the RX 480 vs the new RX 5500 XT where the RX 5500 XT beats it in every test here.
Last updated: Dec 21, 2019 at 06:11 am CST