4GB vs 8GB – Radeon RX 5500 XT Comparison – 17 Games Tested!

AMD’s new Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card
is available with both 4gb and 8gb options, but what are the differences between these
and which should you get? I’ve compared 17 games at 1080p and 1440p resolutions to
help you decide! In terms of specs both are the same with the
only difference being the memory sizes. The 4gb model starts at $170 USD, while the 8gb
model starts at $200 USD. For the testing I’m using the Gigabyte Gaming
OC 8GB and the Sapphire Pulse 4GB. The system that I’m testing with has an
Intel i7-8700K CPU overclocked to 5GHz on all cores in an MSI Z390 ACE motherboard,
along with 16GB of DDR4-3200 CL14 memory in dual channel. You can check the links in the
description for details on all of the components as well as for up to date pricing. Testing was done with the latest Windows 1909
fully up to date, and with the latest Radeon drivers available at the time of testing,
so with all of that out of the way let’s get into the results. COD Modern Warfare was tested in campaign
mode. I’ve got the 1080p results on the lower half of the graph, and the 1440p results
towards the upper half. In this test the 8gb card was 9% ahead in average FPS at 1080p,
increasing to a higher 17.6% increase at 1440p. Control is an example of a game where the
extra memory doesn’t really seem to matter too much. At 1080p the results were extremely
close together and within margin of error range. At 1440p though the 8gb was now almost
2% ahead in average frame rate, granted with these frame rates you wouldn’t be playing
at 1440p high settings anyway. Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested using the
games built in benchmark tool. The 8gb option had a significant 33% higher average frame
rate over the 4gb, lowering a little to a 28.5% lead at 1440p, so the extra memory seemed
quite beneficial in this test. Battlefield V was tested in campaign mode,
and saw the largest difference out of all 17 titles tested. I triple checked these results
and consistently got the same numbers, it seems that this game greatly favours additional
VRAM, or at least the area I test in. At 1080p the 8gb 5500 XT was 58% higher in terms of
average FPS, rising up to a huge 63% boost at 1440p. Even the 1% low from the 8gb card
was ahead of the averages the 4gb was able to offer. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with
the games benchmark tool, and was another test that heavily favoured the 8gb 5500 XT.
At 1080p the average FPS on the 8gb was 25% higher than the 4gb, rising up to a 34% lead
at 1440p. Apex Legends was tested with all graphical
settings at maximum, however the memory limit in the game’s settings was set to 4gb for
the 4gb card, or 8gb for the 8gb card. At 1080p the 1% low from the 8gb wasn’t too
far off the average FPS from the 4gb, and it came out 22% ahead in average frame rate.
At 1440p though the difference dropped, with the 8gb now 11.5% ahead of the 4gb, though
both were still delivering above 60 FPS averages. Borderlands 3 was tested with the game’s
benchmark tool, and was another title where the 1% low performance from the 8gb card was
near the average FPS from the 4gb. At 1080p the 8gb 5500 XT was scoring 16% higher average
FPS when compared to the 4gb, rising to almost a 19% increase at 1440p. Fortnite was tested using the replay feature,
with the exact same replay file used for all testing. This was another case where there
was no major difference between the two, with just a one to two percent increase with the
8gb version, so basically margin of error stuff. PUBG was also tested using the replay feature,
with the same replay file again. The results were kind of similar, no major differences
regardless of using the 4gb or 8gb 5500 XT. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was tested using
the built in benchmark, and this was another test that saw big gains from the 8gb variant,
at least with the very high setting preset anyway. At 1080p the 8gb version was 23% ahead
of the 4gb, and then it was 30% faster at 1440p, where the 1% low was now ahead of the
average FPS from the 4gb. The Witcher 3 tends to be a fairly GPU heavy
game, however the memory difference didn’t really seem to be a factor at ultra settings,
as there was very little difference between the two in this title. The Division 2 was tested with the games benchmark
tool, and at 1080p the 8gb version was just 3% ahead of the 4gb, but then at 1440p there’s
a much bigger difference where the 8gb was now almost 27% higher in average frame rate,
with a 1% low ahead of the 4gb’s average. Ghost Recon Breakpoint was also tested using
the built in benchmark, and the 8gb 5500XT had an 8% lead in average FPS at 1080p over
the 4gb, increasing significantly to a 21% lead at 1440p, so another where the extra
memory was more beneficial above 1080p. Overwatch was tested in the practice range,
so while not quite the same as actual gameplay, it allows me to perform the same test pass
more accurately which is ideal for comparison purposes. In any case there was minimal difference
between the two in this test, not enough that you’d actually notice a difference in practice
anyway. Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the games
benchmark tool. Again the results were pretty similar between the two and well within margin
of error ranges, so it doesn’t seem to matter which you pick here. Strange Brigade was tested using Vulkan and
also with the built in benchmark, and was another where there was almost zero difference
between the two, in fact there was actually zero difference at 1440p in terms of average
FPS. I’ve tested CS:GO with the Ulletical FPS
benchmark, and this was another test where the extra memory hardly made a practical difference,
you could just as easily go the 4gb option in this title and save the money. Over all 17 games tested the 8gb card was
performing around 12% better in terms of average FPS. As you can see though, it really depends
on the specific game. The bottom 9 games are only seeing a zero to three percent performance
improvement with the 8gb model, so clearly the extra VRAM isn’t very beneficial in
these titles at this resolution with the settings I’m using. Some of the games like Battlefield
5 saw a huge improvement with the extra VRAM though, and these titles with larger gains
are clearly influencing the overall average. At 1440p the average improvement seen with
the 8gb increases to 15%. While neither of these are really meant for 1440p gaming, it
should be possible with lower settings in some titles, and the extra VRAM with the 8gb
model is offering more of a benefit compared to 1080p. That said though, 8 of the games
still only saw a zero to two percent increase on the 8gb. Here’s what total system power draw from
the wall looks like during two different games. In the Witcher 3, there was only a 0.5% improvement
to average FPS with the 8gb card, and this was resulting in about 3% more power used.
In Battlefield 5 though, there was a much larger 60% boost with the 8gb card, and this
time the 8gb card was using 13.6% more power. As both cards I’m testing with have different
cooling solutions I haven’t looked at thermals as it would be less of a fair comparison. Now for the final difference, the price. You
can find updated prices linked in the description. At the time of recording, the 4gb version
starts at $170 USD, while the 8gb version starts at $200 USD, so 17.6% more money for
the 8gb. Here in Australia the 4gb starts at $299 AUD while the 8gb goes for $349 AUD,
or 16.7% more money, so a similar ratio. In terms of cost per frame the 4gb is winning
as it’s better value. I had the 8gb averaging 95 FPS over all 17 games and the 4gb averaging
88 FPS, so not that big of a difference compared to the price difference. If you’re playing games that won’t really
benefit from the extra VRAM then you can definitely save some money by just sticking with the
4gb model, at least for today. Games that do take advantage of the extra memory and
perform better though could see the 8gb being worthwhile, but it’s really going to depend
on the specific game. Over time future games will tend to make use of more memory, so the
8gb model would likely last you longer, but of course you could save some money today
then just upgrade in future when something better exists. With the specific cards I’m testing, the
Sapphire Pulse with 4gb memory goes for $180 USD, while the 8gb Gigabyte card I’m using
is $220 USD, so 22% more money in this instance. If you’re considering either of these options,
you’re also going to want to investigate the 1650 Super, which tends to be better value
than the 5500 XT. I’ve already compared the 8gb 5500 XT with the 1650 Super, and I’ll
compare the 4gb model in a future video. So with all of that in mind which would you
pick? The 4gb or 8gb version of the Radeon RX 5500 XT? Let me know in the comments, and
if you’re new to the channel consider getting subscribed for future comparisons and tech
videos like this one.

58 thoughts on “4GB vs 8GB – Radeon RX 5500 XT Comparison – 17 Games Tested!

  1. The only one channel, who gives the most details and everything about stuffs is " Jarrods Tech", I appreciate your efforts man 🌸💜, Peace ✌🏻

  2. great Jarrod, somehow the 4gb version will be only relevant if the price drops otherwise, 1650 super kills it. not to forget AMD's horrible drivers.

  3. Hmm….. honestly RX5500XT aren't particularly compelling buy when comparing with GTX 1660, unless 2GB extra vram is actually going to be useful in 1080p gaming near future. RX5500 against GTX1650 super however, is competitive, guess it would be depends on regional pricing and availability, after all, 7nm is a relatively new node.

  4. Well the cards perform decently but with the 5500xt priced at 200 one would rather add around 20 – 30 dollars and get a 1660super which is a bit faster but then again the power efficiency of those 5500 series cards. I would say they are quite decent and they do a good job at replacing polaris. It would have been great if the 5500 4gb was priced at around 150 and the XT version say around 170 – 180. US dollars

  5. I have budget to buy a gtx 1660.
    However, I was thinking about saving some money by buying gtx 1650 super which has a greater value for money if compared to gtx 1660.

    But now, the new rx 5500xt (8gb) looks appealing.

    I want to see a comparison of gtx 1660 vs. gtx 1650 super vs. rx 5500xt (8gb) vs. rx 5500 (4gb)
    in terms of performance and value.

  6. Me : watch every single video in this channel as soon as it's published…

    Also me : still using my Acer Nitro 5 from 2017 with core i5 7300HQ & GTX 1050 4GB 😐

  7. @jarrods's well that confirm, what another YouTuber found, where he compared the new 16 Mac 4gb vs 8gb, and he got almost the same result, i thought that was because of the thermal throttling, turns out that the 8gb is just a joke anyway. Much appreciated <3

  8. Vega 56 is $200 1070 is $170 1070 ti is $280 1080 is $320 5700 is $300…I dont like the price of this amd gt 1030 at all

  9. Wolfenstein 2 and Far Cry with its HD texture pack would slaughter the 4GB cards. So will Doom Eternal (it will be like Wolf 2 except even more demanding).

  10. Interesting how your Shadow of Tomb Raider test shows that 8GB in 1080 has a whopping 13fps difference, while JayzTwoCents shows a puny 1fps difference. Link here https://youtu.be/r2d24PnqiOE ?

  11. i have like 3 games, out of 40 or so, that even start to get past 4gb vram with a 1070 and settings cranked. would be nice if they'd use less system ram and more vram to help performance

  12. ok you can skip this gpu, save money to buy next gtx card etc" 1750" and more
    Radeon RX 5500 XT is bad cost performance, very bad, please resale to $150,
    Think from a price, and everything is gonna be all right.

  13. Mobile 2070 8gb memory can only cap 40 frames in MW with 1080p even on undervolt. I wish these benchmarks have similarities to GX701.

  14. hey jarrod can i ask to you about your opinion for AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000M (Zen 2) + their iGPU and lower tier like E,A and FX series notebook?of course if you don't mind tho



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