AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT vs AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT

Compare AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8 GB vs AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT 4 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

25 %
30 %
20% slightly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

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

52 FPS
63 FPS
11 FPS slightly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

40 FPS
46 FPS
6 FPS slightly higher Electron frame rate

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

46 FPS
56 FPS
10 FPS slightly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

22 FPS
26 FPS
4 FPS slightly higher Clouds frame rate

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

8% slightly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score
Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

18% slightly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score
3DMark Graphics score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

1% slightly higher 3DMark Graphics score


Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1607 MHz
2310 MHz
43% significantly higher core clock speed

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1845 MHz
2815 MHz
52% significantly higher boost clock speed


Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

8 GiB
100% significantly more memory
4 GiB

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

128 Bit
100% significantly larger memory bus width
64 Bit

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

224 GB/s
55% significantly higher memory bandwidth
144 GB/s


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

130 W
107 W
21% slightly lower TDP

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

59 Gigapixels/s
90.1 Gigapixels/s
52% significantly higher pixel rate

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

162.36 Gigatexels/s
180.2 Gigatexels/s
10% slightly higher texture rate

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

10% slightly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

37% slightly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

37% slightly more texture mapping units

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering


Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

94th of 531
81st of 531


The product line

Radeon 5500 Series
Radeon RX 6000 Series

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

December 2019
January 2022

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported


OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported


Radeon RX 5500 XT vs Radeon RX 6500 XT specs and performance

For gaming, the Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card is better than the Radeon RX 5500 XT in our tests.

Our database shows that the Radeon RX 6500 XT has a significantly 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 6500 XT also has a significantly higher boost clock speed. This is a frequency that can be reached if the GPU is cooled sufficiently and has enough power.

Next up, in terms of GPU memory, the Radeon RX 5500 XT 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 6500 XT has a slightly lower TDP at 107 W when compared to the Radeon RX 5500 XT at 130 W. TDP (Thermal Design Power) measures total heat output from the chip.

In terms of raw gaming performance in our GPU benchmark, the Radeon RX 6500 XT is better than the Radeon RX 5500 XT.


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