Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5500XT 4GB Review

Features & Specifications

COOLTECH – Our superior cooling technology to keep your temperatures low at a high framerate

  • Intelligent Fan Control

Fan speed is intelligently controlled to keep the GPU, memory, PWM IC and other components as low as possible in temperature to balance performance, and fan noise.

  • Precision Fan Control

Standard industry fans may have up to 10% difference between fan rotation cycles (RPM). The Fan IC Control on SAPPHIRE graphics cards reduce differential at approximately 3%. This up to 70% improvement on accuracy ensures that the cooling and noise performance of every graphics card is up to scratch.

  • Robust VRM Cooling

The SAPPHIRE graphics cards are designed with robust VRM cooling and have a high thermal conductivity pad on the back-plate to take away the heat efficiently and effectively.

  • Robust Memory Cooling

One of the hottest parts on a next-gen graphics card is generated from memory. A robust memory cooling solution has been integrated into each SAPPHIRE graphics card to cool down memory with a specially designed independent cooling module.

  • Dual-X Cooling Technology

SAPPHIRE’s acclaimed Dual-X Cooling is powered by two massive yet silent fans and state-of-the-art radiator design. The streamlined form of our 95mm blades means greater airflow and superior heatsink coverage at lower noise compared to standard cooling designs.

DNA – Our core parts that elevate the life of our products through quality, robustness & reliability

  • Backplate (Tough Metal Backplate)

The all-aluminum backplate provides additional rigidity that guarantees nothing bends and dust stays out. It also helps cool your card by increasing heat dissipation.

  • Two-Ball Bearing

These feature Dual Ball bearing fans, which have an approximately 85% longer lifespan than sleeve bearings in our tests. The improvements to the fan blades mean the solution is up to 10% quieter than the previous generation.

  • Fan Quick Connect

If there’s a fan problem, you don’t have to return the entire card. SAPPHIRE or our channel partners will send out a replacement fan directly to you! That means they’re easy to remove, clean and replace, with just one screw holding them securely in place.

  • Fuse Protection

In order to protect your card, the SAPPHIRE cards have fuse protection built into the circuit of the external PCI-E power connector to keep the components safe.

  • Dual BIOS

Choose between performance mode or silent mode to enhance your gaming experience.

PLUS – All of the extra features that make our SAPPHIRE Boards so special and unique

  • TriXX Supported

Customize your individual style with TriXX Software and heighten your gaming experience!

  • TriXX Boost

Take gaming to the next level by adjusting your resolution options. Gain FPS by slightly decreasing resolution that is then adjusted through image sharpening for a more immersive gaming experience with much more fine-grained control over the quality vs. performance tradeoff.

  • Power Design

SAPPHIRE PULSE cards are designed with 7+1+2 Phase Digital Power specifically for GPU and memory to aid in overclocking, balancing current distribution and averaging thermal dissipation for each power phase.

  • Free Flow

The traditional axial fan design system circulates hot air to the fan inlet resulting in higher temperatures. We redesigned the airflow so that the hot air is expelled through the system fan instead, rapidly dissipating heat and includes a tunneled fin with tiny holes which increases the convection airflow.




Compute Units: 22

Base Frequency: 1670 MHz

Boost Frequency: Up to 1845 MHz

Game Frequency: 1717 MHz

Peak Pixel Fill-Rate: Up to 59 GP/s

Peak Texture Fill-Rate: Up to 162.4 GT/s

Peak Half Precision Compute Performance: 10.4 TFLOPs

Peak Single Precision Compute Performance: 5.2 TFLOPs

ROPs: 32

Stream Processors: 1408

Transistor Count: 6.4 B



Typical Board Power (Desktop): 130 W


GPU Memory

Memory Speed (Effective): 14 Gbps

Max Memory Size: 4GB or 8 GB

Memory Type (GPU): GDDR6

Memory Interface: 128-bit

Max. Memory Bandwidth: 224 GB/s

Supported Rendering Format

4K H264 Decode: Yes

4K H264 Encode: Yes

H265/HEVC Decode: Yes

H265/HEVC Encode: Yes



DisplayPort: 1.4 with DSC

HDMI™: 4K60 Support



Supported Technologies: Radeon™ VR Ready Premium, DirectX® 12 Technology, The Vulkan® API

Optional Technologies: Radeon Media Engine, RDNA Architecture, VSR (4K), Radeon™ FreeSync Technology, TrueAudio Next



Product Family: AMD Radeon™ 5500 Series

Product Line: AMD Radeon™ RX 5500 Series

Type: Component

Launch Date: 12/12/2019

OS Support: Windows 10 – 64-Bit Edition, Windows 7 – 64-Bit Edition, Ubuntu x86 64-Bit, Linux x86_64

Additional power connector: 1 x 8-pin


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