Sapphire Radeon PULSE RX 5500 XT OC 8GB Video Card Review

Intro

Sapphire Radeon PULSE RX 5500 XT OC 8GB Video Card Review

The biggest and the best video card is not always in everyone’s budget, sometimes you have to save a few bucks and make it work but is it worth it?  With that, the most common gaming resolution people play at is 1920×1080 and a card that handles more than that sometimes might be overkill but of course it is not a bad thing.  Today’s review will be on the budget friendly Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5500 XT 8GB OC.

Let’s check out all of the specs and features of this card.

  • Based off of AMD’s 2nd Gen 7nm process RDNA architecture
  • 1540Mhz Base clock
    • Boost Clock of Up to 1845Mhz
    • 1737Mhz Game Clock
    • Robust VRM Cooling
  • 8Gigs of 256Bit GDDR6 RAM
    • 14 Gbps Effective Memory clock speed
  • 1,408 Stream processors
  • Dual UEFI BIOS Support
    • Dual-X cooling Technology
    • Fuse Protection: External Fuse built into the circuit of the external PCI-e connectors
    • Quick Connect Fans
    • Two Ball Bearings
  • Requires 2 slots
    • Dimension: 233 x 121.8 x 39.6 (mm)
  • 1 x HDMI
    • HDMI @ 4096×2160@60Hz
  • 3 x Display Port 1.4 HBR3 w/DSC (lossless encoding)
    • Max of 4 concurrent displays
      • DisplayPort 1.4 5120×2880@60Hz
    • Supported Features
      • TriXX Boost
      • Radeon Boost
      • AMD Compute
      • PCI Express 4.0
      • Streaming up to 8K
      • Asynchronous Compute
      • Radeon Rays Audio and True Audio Next
      • Radeon Image Sharpening
      • Fidelity FX
      • Radeon Freesync 2 HDR
      • Radeon VR Ready Premium
      • Updated TriXX Boost feature to get maximum performance
      • Dual BIOS’
      • Fuse Protection
      • DirectX 12 Optimized
      • HDR Ready
      • Radeon Relive
    • Requires a minimum of 450Watts, recommended 500
    • Requires 1 x 8-Pin PCI Connector

I know the specs are not exciting, but they are important.  Now let’s check out the unboxing.

The first thing we see, is the Sapphire Graphics Card Quick Installation Guide.  Good information, but you won’t need it since I will show you how to install the card in this review.

The weird one, the manufacturers sheet is needed when purchased in Germany.

And then we have the card itself, the Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5500 XT 8GB OC.  Now that we have gone over everything, I know, not a ton but we are safe to jump into the next chapter of the review, A Close look at the card.

Continue on to: A Close look at the card

Iggy Castillo
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware's acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.
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