SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB – A Solid Card In A Tough Place
SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5500 XT Pulse 4GB12/08/2019
Conclusion - A Solid Card In A Tough Spot
The SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB delivers exactly as it was designed to. Performance is solid, thermals and acoustics are more than acceptable. The biggest challenge that the SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB faces is that it comes at a pretty sizeable price premium over its competition with the GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER, but more importantly the aging Radeon RX 580 8GB. After running through the performance numbers there's no denying that the lower core count, smaller die, more narrow memory bus, RDNA powered card can take on and outperform the aging Radeon RX 580 while running cooler, quieter, and sipping much less power. But, with the price difference and abundance of Radeon RX 580 8GBs still on the market, they make for a really attractive alternative still.
Now, something to take into consideration is that the Radeon RX 580 8GB will not be long for the new market once stock dries up. Another thing to note is ongoing game bundles that come with the SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB could offer up a compelling value if you're in the market for a card in the $180 price range and also want the games that are included at the time.
The SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB is a well built, solid card but it exists in a crowded segment that makes it harder than most to nail down just which card is for you. You're going to want to pay attention closely to performance results for the games you care most about here. You'll be getting a well built and well cooled card that delivers one of the most fuss-free experiences from Radeon recently. It's not likely to blow your socks off, but at least this one doesn't come with any marketing confusion and you don't have to worry about getting the right BIOS, the only concern you'll have is what game you'll want to play first.
The SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5500 XT Pulse 4GB delivers exactly as it was designed to. Performance is solid, thermals and acoustics are more than acceptable.
- SAPPHIRE Fan Quick Connect
- Dual BIOS
- Metal back plate
- Excellent cooler design
- A true replacement for Radeon RX 400/500 series
- A Little Faster Than GTX 1650 SUPER 4 GB Graphics Card
- PCI-e Gen 4.0 Support
- Good I/O (DSC 1.2a for 8K 60 Hz, Triple Display Ports 1.4 HDR, HDMI 2.0)
- Priced higher than competing GTX 1650 SUPER cards
- Power consumption still not on par with NVIDIA's 12nm
- Still facing harsh competition from outgoing Radeon RX 580 Series