Asus ROG Strix RX 5500 XT O8G Gaming Review: Premium Card, but Worth the Price?

AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 XT launched in December 2019, using the Navi 14 GPU and targeting the budget and 1080p end of the gaming graphics card segment. The card was received well overall, and the RX 5500 XT 8GB variants mitigate any VRAM concerns. The Asus ROG Strix RX 5500 XT O8G Gaming puts its own spin on the GPU, adding a factory overclock along with large heatsink and dual fans designed to keep the card running cool and quiet.

Performance of the Strix RX 5500 XT O8G Gaming landed where we expected. It’s faster than the GeForce GTX 1650 Super, slower than the GeForce GTX 1660 and competes with its 8GB peers. When running our test suite at 1080p and ultra settings, the card averaged over 71 frames per second (fps), though a couple games (Metro Exodus and The Division 2) fell under the 60 fps threshold. Reducing settings to medium and running 1080p allowed all titles to average above 60 fps, increasing the overall average to 102 fps. Overall, the Asus ROG Strix RX 5500 XT O8G Gaming — and the RX 5500 XT series in general — is a competent 1080p ultra card.

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