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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 5500M 4GB Radeon R9 M395X 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 26% 85%
Hitman 3 63% 141%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 15% 69%
Resident Evil 8 26% 85%
FIFA 21 37% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 77% 161%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 11% 64%
Genshin Impact 26% 85%
The Medium 57% 131%
Far Cry 6 82% 168%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 5500M 4GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 M395X 4GB.

The RX 5500M has a 652 MHz higher core clock speed but 40 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the R9 M395X. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the RX 5500M manages to provide 28.5 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 652 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 M395X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the RX 5500M providing 20.9 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 R9 M395X, 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 R9 M395X when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The Radeon RX 5500M 4GB and the Radeon R9 M395X 4GB have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The R9 M395X has 160 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 5500M, which means that the memory performance of the R9 M395X is massively better than the RX 5500M.

The Radeon RX 5500M 4GB has 1408 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 M395X 4GB has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 5500M is 1506 and the actual shader performance of the R9 M395X is 1259. The RX 5500M having 247 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the R9 M395X performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The RX 5500M transistor size technology is 21 nm (nanometers) smaller than the R9 M395X. This means that the RX 5500M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R9 M395X.

The Radeon RX 5500M 4GB requires 85 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 M395X 4GB requires 125 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RX 5500M. The R9 M395X requires 40 Watts more than the RX 5500M to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 M395X may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 5500M.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1375 MHzvs723 MHz
Boost Clock1645 MHzvs-
ArchitectureNaviGCN 1.2 Amethyst XT
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date07 Oct 2019vs09 Jun 2015
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 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed2001 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1408vs2048
Actual Shader Performance72%vs61%
Texture Mapping Units88vs128
Texture Rate121 GTexel/svs92.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate44 GPixel/svs23.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections3vs0

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power85 Wattsvs125 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Amps-

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3580U 4-Core 2.1GHzvsIntel Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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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 R9 M395X 4GB is a High-End Mobile Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture (CGN).

Radeon R9 M395X 4GB Features a GPU Codenamed Amethyst XT which is a Third Gen GCN GPU and is identical to the Tonga XT GPU used on the Desktop Radeon R9 380X.
Amethyst XT has 32 Compute Units Unlocked and thus offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

The Central Unit is Clocked at 723MHz.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 256-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 4GB. Under most circumstances, this only proves useful in certain 3D Games whose Settings Require Large Amounts of Memory.
However, because the GPU itself is too weak to work under other circumstances in which 4GB of Memory are needed - such as 4K Gaming, a Large Frame Buffer is mostly a Gimmick.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 125W, it is suited for very large laptops.

Radeon R9 M395X 4GB is a Direct Rebrand of Radeon R9 M295X 4GB.
Performance is Comparable to the desktop Radeon R9 280. Therefore, even GeForce GTX 970M is still faster.

System Suggestions
Radeon R9 M395X 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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