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Introducing the Radeon 5500XT with the Powercolor Red Dragon 5500XT 8GB

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider

Now we’re getting into the territory of a game more optimized for the higher performance GPUs. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an awesome game and part of a long-lasting franchise. It supports full DX12 along with new RTX features which we may start to include in testing once Radeon options have ray-tracing capabilities enabled. We run at max details at DX12 with RTX and DLSS disabled.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is the first of our test suite of actual games and I am happy to see that the synthetic benchmark anomalies aside we see gaming performance in line with what we expected. The RX 5500 XT slots in once again behind the GTX 1060 6GB and just behind the GTX 1660. 1080p it averages above 60 FPS which is a good start.

Far Cry 5

Far Cry has been a great series of games and the newest takes on a cult-like group in the rural USA. This entry into the Far Cry franchise has some great visuals and can definitely put your GPU to work being a much newer game.

Far Cry 5 shows the Red Dragon RX 5500 XT pulling ahead of the GTX 1660 and the GTX 1060 6GB now in all tests except 4K where most users would never try to run this GPU anyways. At 1080p the RX 5500 XT pulls well over 60 FPS with averages hitting 81FPS while the lows showing a 71 FPS result. 1440P is even relatively playable here although lows show a 47FPS mark with a 55FPS average, it would be playable but not ideal.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Ghost Recon Wildlands is an awesome squad-based shooter that has tons of varying terrain, vehicle play and plenty of eye candy via explosions and particle effects to make your GPU cry.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands being a veritable torture test of a game shows the RX 5500 XT with all settings maxed falling behind theĀ  GTX 1660 once again but still readily beating the GTX 1060 6GB card. This game is rough at Ultra settings, so even at 1080p you are going to want to turn things down a bit to achieve a good gameplay experience. For example, a GTX 1080 or RX 5700 would be required to break the 60 FPS average mark at max settings. And well a TITAN RTX cannot do 4K/60 at max settings so that should give you some idea as to how stressful wildlands can be.

Now that we see the performance, next up is to see how far can we push it?

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