AMD Radeon RX 5500 vs AMD Radeon RX 580

Compare AMD Radeon RX 5500 4 GB vs AMD Radeon RX 580 8 GB, specs and GPU benchmark score. Which is the better graphics card for the money?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

47 %
27% slightly better overall score
37 %

Flux Core frame rate

Volumetric ray casting test, a computationally expensive method of rendering high-quality scenes

53 FPS
8 FPS slightly higher Flux Core frame rate
44 FPS

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

41 FPS
9 FPS slightly higher Electron frame rate
32 FPS

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

45 FPS
2 FPS slightly higher City frame rate
42 FPS

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

23 FPS
5 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate
17 FPS

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

40,204
49,182
22% slightly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

34,601
54,191
56% significantly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

4,717
8% slightly higher 3DMark Graphics score
4,328

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,670 MHz
32% slightly higher core clock speed
1,257 MHz

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,845 MHz
37% slightly higher boost clock speed
1,340 MHz

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

4 GiB
8 GiB
100% significantly more memory

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

128 Bit
256 Bit
100% significantly larger memory bus width

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

224 GB/s
256 GB/s
14% slightly higher memory bandwidth

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

150 W
23% slightly lower TDP
185 W

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

59 Gigapixels/s
37% slightly higher pixel rate
43 Gigapixels/s

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

162 Gigatexels/s
193 Gigatexels/s
18% slightly higher texture rate

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

5 TFLOPS
6 TFLOPS
18% slightly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

1,408
2,304
63% significantly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

88
144
63% significantly more texture mapping units

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

32
Identical
32

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

81st of 526
98th of 526

Family

The product line

Radeon 5500 Series
Radeon 500 Series

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

July 2019
April 2017

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

GDDR6
GDDR5

DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported

12.0
12.0

OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported

4.6
4.5

Radeon RX 5500 vs Radeon RX 580 specs and performance

For gaming, the Radeon RX 5500 graphics card is better than the Radeon RX 580 in our tests.

In our comparison, the Radeon RX 5500 has a slightly higher core clock speed. The core clock speed (or base speed) is the frequency at which the GPU core runs. This metric makes sense when comparing GPUs of a similar architecture or generation. In addition, the Radeon RX 5500 also has a slightly higher boost clock speed. This is a frequency that can be reached if the GPU is cooled sufficiently and has enough power.

Furthermore, the spec sheet for both these GPUs show that the Radeon RX 580 has significantly more memory with 8 GiB of memory compared to 4 GiB. Lots of memory is good when playing at high resolutions or with many monitors.

In addition, the Radeon RX 5500 has a slightly lower TDP at 150 W when compared to the Radeon RX 580 at 185 W. TDP (Thermal Design Power) measures total heat output from the chip.

In conclusion, all specs and GPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the Radeon RX 5500 over the Radeon RX 580.

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