Packaging & A Closer Look
Our review sample from AMD is manifested as Sapphire’s PULSE Radeon RX 500XT and features the standard 4GB of GDDR6.
The back of the box some VERY basic specifications, a few features, and minimum system requirements.
Inside the colorful outer sleeve is a plain brown box.
Inside the Radeon RX 5500XT hides inside an ESD safe bubble pack.
Under the card are a quick install guide and warranty booklet.
Sapphire’s PULSE series Radeon RX 5500XT has two fans and a lot of decorative geometry on the front of the card.
The back is completely covered by a backplate. A cutout near the video outputs on the outside gives you access to the BIOS switch, and another near the back gives access to the 8-pin PCIe power connector.
From the side we can see the actual PCB is quite small, stopping at the power connector while the PULSE cooler extends further to provide more cooling capacity.
On the PCIe slot side, you can see a couple of plated heat pipes. The rear of the card shows off a dense stack of cooling fins.
The business end of the card is mostly ventilated rear I/O plate, but four video ports lurk along the bottom.
Once you remove the rubber plugs, you reveal a trio of Display Port connections and a lone HDMI 2.0 port.
Sapphire sure makes one good looking card!