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SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5500 XT PULSE OC Review: Navi Nails 1080p Gaming (Page 2)

Anthony Garreffa | Dec 12, 2019 at 08:37 pm CST - 1 min, 20 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: SAPPHIREModel: B07XVMXBQW

Navi 7nm GPU + GDDR6 Memory

AMD is using a fresh new 7nm GPU on its mid-range 1080p focused Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card, leaving NVIDIA in its dust as they are 'still' on the 12nm node with even the latest GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER and slightly-older RTX 2080 Ti.

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The new Radeon RX 5500 XT and its Navi GPU has 22 compute units, with 1408 stream processors offering up to 5.2 TFLOPs of compute performance. The Navi GPU itself is clocked at up to 1717MHz with Game Clock, and up to 1845MHz with its Boost clock. The SAPPHIRE RX 5500 XT PULSE OC that I have here today is clocked higher, too.

AMD has just a 130W TDP on the Radeon RX 5500 XT in reference form, with 4GB and 8GB models on offer with GDDR6 memory clocked at 14Gbps offering up to 448GB/sec of performance.

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This leads to a great mix of GPU and memory technology that will unlock quite a few performance doors for the Radeon RX 5500 XT, especially at 1080p -- and even more so with esports games like PUBG, Overwatch, Fortnite, and Apex Legends.

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The option of getting a mid-range card with 8GB of RAM is an interesting choice, especially when it comes to price -- but moving into 2020 you are not going to want to buy a new graphics card with just 4GB of RAM. Even the previous-gen Radeon RX 480 shipped with 8GB of RAM, so AMD can't be caught with its pants down launching a new card that AMD itself directly compares to the RX 480 if it shipped with less VRAM.

Last updated: Dec 13, 2019 at 06:11 am CST

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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