The ASUS Radeon RX 5500 XT DUAL OC hits 60C max under full loads, the same as the ASRock RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming graphics card. So it joins the club of one of the coolest-operating cards we've tested, while the fans don't make anywhere near as much noise as the custom ASRock offering.
When you're not gaming, ASUS doesn't have the fans spinning up so the card is completely silent.
Another nice touch is that ASUS has the lowest power consumption of all of the custom Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics cards that I've tested so far: 170W for my entire Core i7-8700K test rig.
ASUS has a much cheaper Radeon RX 5500 XT on offer with its DUAL OC variant costing just $210, versus the $245 for the ASRock Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming graphics card. The ASUS performs virtually identically, and in a blind test no one would be able to pick the two apart.
If you're in the market to buy a new Navi-powered AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT then ASUS has quite the appealing card here -- and from my review, you can see it is actually the best offering among all the Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics cards. It's $10 cheaper than the MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT GAMING X, $20 cheaper than the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5500 XT PULSE OC, and $40 cheaper than the ASRock Radeon RX 5500 XT Phantom Gaming -- but with identical gaming performance.
It has 8GB of VRAM so you're "future proof" with games that are starting to push higher VRAM requirements, like DOOM Eternal for example.
All-in-all ASUS has the best Radeon RX 5500 XT that I've reviewed so far, based on performance being identical to its competitors, thermals are equally as impressive, but ASUS wins on price. At just $210, it's the cheapest Radeon RX 5500 XT of the 4 that I've tested so far.
If you're gaming at 1080p or 1440p and don't want to spend over $250 on a graphics card, then you should definitely take a look at the ASUS Radeon RX 5500 XT DUAL OC. If you were in the market for a Radeon RX 5500 XT specifically, then you should stop what you're doing and grab one. Sure, you can't run to a store and buy one because of coronavirus COVID-19, but you can order it online.
To finish: nice work, ASUS -- this is a mid-range card and not a ROG Strix enthusiast card, and yet it still kicks ass. It's good to see. Not everyone can afford higher-end graphics cards, so offering the same performance as a competitors card at $250, but for $210 is a great deal.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT
The Bottom Line
The best Radeon RX 5500 XT that I've tested so far, as it is cheaper than the competitors but offers the same performance. Impressive stuff from ASUS once again with the Radeon RX 5500 XT DUAL OC.