Recently, I took a look at the AMD Radeon RX 5600XT by Sapphire. And when AMD’s PR Team reached out to see if I wanted to take a look at the 5500XT I was really interested just to see how much difference there was between the two. For this review, they sent over the Gaming X version from MSI.

Big thanks to AMD for loaning this to me for review!

What’s in the Box?

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The box itself is a very similar design to every other RX card from this generation. It has some product pictures and features on the box along with the MSI logo and the standard AMD branding for the card. 

Inside the box is where you will find the card inside of an anti static bag to protect it from electrostatic discharge while in transit and for when the card is not in use. The card is also cut into and surrounded by foam to protect it from getting physically damaged during shipping. You know how some shipping companies are!

Included with the card is the RX 5500XT itself, a product brochure, a quick start guide and a really cool instruction book/guide that helps you install the hardware and software for the RX 5500XT. It’s super cool and cute, it’s like a little comic book!

Design and Features

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The design that MSI went with for the Gaming X 5500XT is really cool looking. It features a grey and black aluminum cooling shroud with red accents around the fan. The fans are part of their ZERO FROZR lineup and won’t actually spin up until the GPU temp gets to above 60°C. A really good feature if you’re after a more quiet GPU for your mid range build. There also isn’t much in the way of branding and RGB on this card. MSI went for a really sleek, but minimalistic design for their Gaming X card.

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Moving around the backplate. It’s great to see that a backplate like this is included on a card at this price point. Normally you’re stuck with black PCB and having to stare at all the electrical components of the GPU. The backplate is made of aluminium and has a few cutouts for screws and just for looks as well as a big MSI logo in the corner. In addition to looking nice, the backplate also helps to cool the card by being connected to the card with thermal pads.

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On the side of the card is where you will find the only bit of RGB for the whole GPU. This small little light up part houses the MSI Gaming Logo and the regular MSI logo for you to show off in a multitude of colours. (Over 16 Million colours to pick from!)

Features

  • Award-winning fan design combining two different fin designs for cool & quiet gaming.
  • An optimized PCB design with enhanced power delivery provides a solid base for high performance gaming.
  • MSI OC graphics cards are equipped with higher clock speeds out of the box for increased performance.
  • Solid Backplate Increases toughness of the card to prevent bending while complementing the design.

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Two Torx Fan 3.0 fans, concentrated heat pipes, heat-conductive thermal pads. And with MSI’s ZERO FROZR technology, it all helps keep the GPU’s temperature under control.

Mystic Light RGB

Customize the look of your GPU with over 16 Million colours using MSI’s Mystic Light software. With this, you can pick from a range of pre configured RGB settings or create your own to match your new GPU with your current setup’s lighting.

Keep Cool and Quiet

With MSI’s ZERO FROZR technology, the fans on the GPU won’t start spinning until the GPU gets above 60°C. This helps to keep thing quiet while idling and doing light workloads but helps cool the GPU in more intensive workloads.

Specs

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Performance

The MSI Radeon RX 5500XT performed really well in both synthetic and real world tests. For most 1080p games I got a constant 60 or more FPS. However, in some 1440p I got some really low drops into the 30s and 20s.

Benchmarks

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Pricing

The pricing for the MSI Radeon RX 5500XT is really good in my opinion, it’s really well priced for what you get coming in at only $399 at Mwave.

Conclusion

MSI and AMD have developed a really strong mid range card here. You get a really good playing experience in 1080p and 1440p most of the time. It’s quite well priced. Although, if you want some faster speeds and a better gaming experience, and are prepared to fork out the extra. You could go for the 5600XT which I reviewed here.

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Disclosure: The MSI Radeon RX 5500XT review sample was supplied for reviewing but all opinions are of my own and not paid.