On 20th April, AMD unveiled the low budget AMD Radeon RX 550 Graphics Card. As of now, the AMD RX 550 is the cheapest GPU in the Radeon 500 series. The RX 500 series is based on the AMD’s Polaris 12 architecture. Just like the other members of Radeon RX 500 and RX400 series, the manufacturing process of AMD Radeon RX 550 is done using the 14nm FinFET Process. Other members in the Radeon RX 500 series announced so far include the RX 580, RX 570 and RX 560. The highlight of AMD RX550 is that it will cost you just $79. Unarguably, it is the perfect GPU at this budget and is surely a delight for gamers on a low budget.
How good the RX 550 actually is while gaming? Well, let’s see the benchmarks and do a review of the AMD Radeon RX550. Before we get started, let’s have a look at the specifications of this GPU.
|Name||AMD Radeon RX 550|
|Launch Date||20th April 2017|
|Manufacturing Process||GCN 4th Gen 14nm|
|Base Clock Freq.||1,100 MHz|
|Max Clock Freq.||1,183 MHz|
|Processing Power||1,126 GFLOPS|
|Processing Power (Boost)||1,211 GFLOPS|
The AMD Radeon RX550 is an entry-level Desktop GPU from the RX 500 series of AMD. The manufacturing process used is the GCN 4th Gen 14nm FinFET Process. The RX 550 has GDDR5 Memory with Graphics Memory or VRAM of 2 Gigabytes. Its base clock frequency is 1,100 MHz which can go up to 1,183 MHz. The processing power of this GPU is 1,126 GFLOPS that can go up to 1,211 GFLOPS during boost. AMD RX 550 has a Thermal Design Power or TDP of 50W which is lower than that of Nvidia GTX 1050 (75W). The Radeon 500 Series also comes with the Radeon Chill Feature which reduces the FPS when the movement in the game is low and hence lowers the Power Consumption.
Here are some of the benchmarks of the AMD RX 550. We are extremely sorry for the poor image quality. But we will list all the information from the image here. In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, we can get about 97 FPS. While comparing it with the Radeon R7 250, the Radeon RX 550 is 64% faster and compared to the Integrated Intel HD 530 Graphics, it is 3X faster. In DOTA 2, the RX 550 achieves 75 FPS and in Overwatch, it reaches 76 FPS. This is pretty decent for a GPU that costs just $79. Overall, the RX 550 is up to 5 times faster than the Intel’s integrated GPU HD 530. Also, comparing it with AMD’s R7 250, the Radeon RX 550 is up to 2 times faster.
Now coming to Photo Editing and Video Rendering, the image shows the relative acceleration of these GPUs in Adobe Photoshop and the Adobe Premiere. In the Adobe Photoshop, the relative performance of AMD RX 550 is 7X while in the case of Adobe Premiere, it is 19X. This would mean that this Graphic Card can handle video editing, animations, and photo editing applications pretty well. Now let’s have a look at the benchmarks at tom’s Hardware in the AMD Radeon RX 550 Review:
In Battlefield 1, at Full HD (1920×1080) resolution and Low Graphics settings, the AMD RX550 gets 64.2 average Frames per second. While the minimum FPS with RX 550 is 56. It is almost 4 times more FPS compared to the Intel HD 530 Graphics. The performance of Radeon R7 260X is on a slightly higher side with an average FPS of 74.9. While the RX 460 of the Radeon RX 400 series gets 92 frames per second on average. So, in the RX 460 vs RX 550 battle, the RX 460 is far ahead. But both of the are made for different budgets and it is acceptable.
When we have to choose a budget GPU, we need to choose one that can not only run all the latest titles but might also run the upcoming games at low preset. The GTX 1050 and the GTX 750Ti were doing the job pretty well for now. But AMD takes budget gaming to a whole new level with their Radeon RX 550. It is $30 cheaper than the GTX 1050 and consumes much less power. Another interesting feature of Radeon 500 series is the Radeon Chill Feature. This feature regulates the framerates dynamically as per your movements in the game. The end result is less power consumption and a better gaming experience. Alongside Power Saving, you can expect less heat from the AMD RX 550.
Just like the AMD Ryzen series, the Radeon 500 series provide a great price to performance ratio. You can expect to play all the latest games at least at low-medium settings and at high if you change the resolution to 720p. I will definitely recommend you to get an RX 550 for a low budget gaming setup. It will be a good pair for a Pentium G4560 or the upcoming Ryzen 3 Processors.
If you’re looking to build a low-budget gaming PC, then I would highly recommend you the AMD RX 550 over the older or refurbished GPUs. As of now, a gaming PC build with Intel Pentium G4560 and the AMD Radeon RX550 would be good to go. If you can wait for Ryzen 3 (Expected to release in 2H 2017), then you should definitely wait. Check out our Pentium G4560 and RX 550 PC Build and in the future, we will also pair up the RX 550 with the Ryzen 3. For now, if you’re looking for a Ryzen 5 build then check out: Assemble AMD Ryzen 5 Gaming PC Under $950 and if you’re looking for a Kaby Lake PC Build, then do check out: Kaby Lake Gaming PC Under $1000. For budget Gaming PC, all you need is a Pentium G4560 and GTX 1050 in your PC.
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