MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming X Graphics Card Review

System Overview & Testing Procedures

We will be testing the MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming X in our graphics card test bench, which is made up of the following components:

MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming X Graphics Card

Processor: Intel Core i9-7980XE
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming X
Motherboard: ASRock X299 Taichi
Memory: Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4-2666 32GB
Storage: Gigabyte UD Pro 512GB
Power: Corsair AX860i
Cooling: NZXT Kraken X52
Case: Lian Li T80

As far as RGB lighting on the card the only thing that lights up is the small MSI gaming logo on the side of the card. This can be controlled using MSI’s Mystic Light software.

MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Gaming X Graphics Card

Opening up GPU-Z we can verify the speeds of the card.

msi rx5500xt info

We will be comparing the following cards:

Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 Super AMP
Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 AMP Extreme
AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X
ASRock Radeon RX 5700 XT Taichi OC+
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 5700 XT
MSI RX 5700 XT Evoke OC
Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Super WindForce OC 8G
Sapphire Pulse RX 5700
Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP! Edition
Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Twin Fan
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus 6G OC
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G
MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming X
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC 6G
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X 6G
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming OC 6G
Sapphire Pulse RX 5500 XT 8GB
– MSI RX 5500 XT Gaming X
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB

Benchmarking Information
We have an entire benchmarking suite to test these cards to their full potential. Games will be run at 1080p, 1440p and 4K resolutions. Our benchmarking suite also includes synthetic tests as well.

Synthetic Tests
– Time Spy
– Fire Strike
– Fire Strike Extreme
– Fire Strike Ultra
– Orange Room
UNIGINE SuperPosition Benchmark
– 1080p High Benchmark
– 1080p Extreme Benchmark
– 4K Optimized Becnhmark

Game Tests
Ashes of The Singularity
Battlefield V
The Division
FarCry 5
Final Fantasy XV
Metro Last Light Redux

Other Tests
Power Consumption
– Kill-a-watt meter (whole system)
– AIDA64 GPU Diode Reading
Noise Levels
– Risepro Sound Level Meter

Now let’s get to testing!

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