RX550 Review Compilation Thread

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RX550 Review Compilation Thread

Post by CA_Steve » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:01 am

In brief: eSports and low need GPU game card, 65W TDP, but OEM stock OC'ed cards may use more at stress loads. HDMI 2.0b and Display Port 1.4(ready), DVI no longer includes analog VGA signals. Dimensions stated as: a" x b" x c" are from mfgr websites - others are from reviews. Slots between GTX 750 and GTX 950. Note - some are 2GB and some are 4GB.

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Reviews with acoustic testing: (hardwareLUXX in German)

Asus RX 550 4GB (7.24" length, xx" height, dual slot (xx"), no PEG. 1 DP, 1 HDMI, 1 Dual-link DVI). No passive mode - 2-pin fan always runs at ~2000 rpm -> Not recommended.
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PowerColor RX 550 Red Dragon 2GB (8.27" length, xx" height, dual slot (xx"), no PEG. 1 DP, 1 HDMI, 1 Dual-link DVI). Passive to 60C.
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Sapphire RX 550 Pulse 4GB (6.3" length, xx" height, 1.5 slot (xx"), no PEG. 1 DP, 1 HDMI, 1 Dual-link DVI). Passive to 60C.
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MSI RX 550 Aero ITX 2GB (6.1" length, 4.13" height, 2 slot (1.38"), no PEG. 1 DP, 1 HDMI, 1 Dual-link DVI). No passive mode. Fan spins around 1600rpm...possible BIOS fix in works.
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Re: RX550 Review Compilation Thread

Post by MoJo » Mon May 01, 2017 7:35 am

MSI RX 550 Aero ITX 2GB

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd ... 034-2.html

Overclocked. No semi-passive fan mode. Like all RX 550s, it has one dual-link DVI port, one HDMI 2.0 interface, and a DisplayPort connector.

MSI claim that a BIOS update may sort the fan out, but otherwise it's 1600 RPM constantly.
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Re: RX550 Review Compilation Thread

Post by MoJo » Wed May 03, 2017 11:51 pm

Gigabyte claiming passive up to some unspecified temperature:

http://www.gigabyte.com/Graphics-Card/GV-RX550D5-2GD#kf
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Re: RX550 Review Compilation Thread

Post by CA_Steve » Wed May 17, 2017 7:09 am

First reviews are up.
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Re: RX550 Review Compilation Thread

Post by MoJo » Wed May 17, 2017 7:18 am

I bought a Sapphire RX550 Pulse 4GB and can confirm passive operation.

The first post has a mistake, these cards are not 150W TDP. They are all under 75W, no extra power connector required.
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Re: RX550 Review Compilation Thread

Post by CA_Steve » Wed May 17, 2017 11:31 am

copy/paste mistake. fixed.
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Re: RX550 Review Compilation Thread

Post by CA_Steve » Wed May 24, 2017 8:05 am

Sapphire Pulse @ ComputerBase added.
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Re: RX550 Review Compilation Thread

Post by mingus » Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:00 am

will the Sapphire RX550 Pulse 4GB be the best choice? need 4gb for HTPC. only 4 models on newegg.

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Re: RX550 Review Compilation Thread

Post by MoJo » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:43 am

One really important thing to note about the 500 series: there is no Windows 8/8.1 support. They are Windows 7 and Windows 10 only.
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Re: RX550 Review Compilation Thread

Post by CA_Steve » Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:56 am

Of those four? Probably. Unless MSI got around to fixing their fan profile.
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Re: RX550 Review Compilation Thread

Post by Derek Semeraro » Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:29 pm

Drawing only 50 watts, the RX 550 is a good affordable entry-level video card for builds that want to do semiprofessional video editing and 4K streaming. For gaming, it can handle light to medium titles at 1080p 60 frames per second at high settings, but bigger budget titles will face a tradeoff between resolution, frame rate and settings.

For silent power-efficient Intel builds, you are better off just using the integrated graphics. For silent AMD Ryzen builds geared toward productivity and creativity, the RX 550 appears to be a good value all around.

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