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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 5500M 4GB Radeon HD 8850M
Cyberpunk 2077 26% 528%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 15% 474%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 11% 456%
FIFA 21 37% 217%
Grand Theft Auto VI 77% 783%
Hitman 3 63% 717%
Genshin Impact 26% 528%
Far Cry 6 82% 808%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 80% 800%
Watch Dogs Legion 21% 506%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 5500M 4GB are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 8850M.

The RX 5500M has a 750 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 8850M. This results in the RX 5500M providing 96 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The RX 5500M has a 750 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the Radeon HD 8850M. This results in the RX 5500M providing 34 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The RX 5500M was released over three years more recently than the Radeon HD 8850M, and so the RX 5500M is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Radeon HD 8850M when running the latest games.

The RX 5500M has 2048 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 8850M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The Radeon HD 8850M has 32 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 5500M, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon HD 8850M is noticeably better than the RX 5500M.

The Radeon RX 5500M 4GB has 1408 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 8850M has 640. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 5500M is 1506 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 8850M is 496. The RX 5500M having 1010 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 5500M delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 8850M.

The RX 5500M transistor size technology is 21 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon HD 8850M. This means that the RX 5500M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon HD 8850M.

The Radeon RX 5500M 4GB requires 85 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 8850M requires 45 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RX 5500M. The RX 5500M requires 40 Watts more than the Radeon HD 8850M to run. The difference is significant enough that the RX 5500M may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon HD 8850M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1375 MHzvs625 MHz
Boost Clock1645 MHzvs775 MHz
ArchitectureNaviGCN 1.1 Venus PRO
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date07 Oct 2019vs01 Apr 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
1600x900 - vs green tick
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed2001 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory Type-vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth-vs32GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1408vs640
Actual Shader Performance72%vs24%
Texture Mapping Units88vs40
Texture Rate121 GTexel/svs25 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate44 GPixel/svs10 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections3vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power85 Wattsvs45 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3580U 4-Core 2.1GHzvsIntel Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The Radeon RX 5500M 4GB is an entry-level laptop graphics card which is part of the AMD Radeon RX 5000M Laptop card series. It was announced on October 7th, 2019.

It is powered by the 7nm Navi GPU, which has 1408 shader processing units, 88 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

The central unit runs at 1375 MHz and goes up to 1645 MHz when the boost mode is triggered.

The RX 5500 XT comes with a 4GB frame buffer of GDDR6 through a 128-bit memory interface, while the memory clock operates at 1750MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 85W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

The Radeon RX 5500M 4GB been built as a Low/Mid performance graphics card for 2019. Its direct competitor is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070M. It will run most triple AAA titles released during 2019 on medium to high graphics at 1080p screen resolution. With adjustments and lowering anti aliasing this Radeon RX 5500M 4GB card can confidently maintain 60+ frames per seconds on high graphic settings at 1080p. Moving to 1440p screen resolution and the graphics card may need to be adjusted down to medium in order to maintain 50-60+ fps.

System Suggestions
The Radeon RX 5500M 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a mid range R5 Ryzen processor and at least 8GB of system memory for optimal gaming performance from the RX 5500M 4GB.
Radeon HD 8850M is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the GCN Architecture.

The GCN 1.1 Release adds support for AMD's TrueAudio Technology which does calculations of audio effects "better" than the CPU and further improves the Powertune Technology.

It equips a GPU codenamed Venus PRO which has 10 Compute Units activated and thus offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Operates at 625MHz and goes up to 775MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The memory clock operates at 1000MHz.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Crossfire, PowerTune Technology, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, HD3D, ZeroCore Power and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 45W, it is suited for 17" or larger laptops.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above NVIDIA's GeForce GT 750M.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Decent Processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon HD 8850M.
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