The guys over at Heise.de got their hands on a Radeon RX 5500 (OEM) graphics card and ran a few tests on it, which give us a really good idea of its performance. Given the performance we can see why NVIDIA had to release a GTX 1660 Super and GTX 1650 Super cards. The performance was almost on par with an after-market RX 580 graphics card as well as NVIDIA’s GTX 1660 (non-Super).
When compared to a factory-overclocked RX 580 NITRO+ and GTX 1660 OC the RX 5500 yielded a score of 12,111 points in 3DMark Firestrike, while the RX 580 scored 12,744 and the GTX 1660 OC scored 12,525.
The card was also run through two different game tests which included “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” and “Far Cry 5”. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider the RX 5500 scored 59 FPS, the RX 580 scored 65 FPS, and the GTX 1660 OC scored 69 FPS. In Far Cry 5 the RX 5500 scored 72 FPS, the RX 580 scored 75 FPS, and the GTX 1660 OC scored 85 FPS. Keep in mind that both the RX 580 and GTX 1660 are factory-overclocked models, while the RX 5500 tested was running at its stock speeds.
Power testing was also done, at idle the RX 5500 was at 7W, compared to the 10W of the GTX 1660 OC and 12 of the RX 580. During load the RX 5500 ran at 133W compared to the 128W of the GTX 1660.
Based on these tests we can see that the RX 5500 will be around the same performance as the RX 580 and GTX 1660, which is why NVIDIA had to release the Super cards in their GTX-lineup.