AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB full review


in this article, I am going to review AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB GPU in detail.

Name and Architecture:

Manufacturer: AMD
Model: Radeon RX 550
Architecture: Graphics Core Next 4.0
Fabrication process: 14 nm
Transistors: 2.2 billion
Bus interface: PCI-E 3.0 x 8
Launch date: April 2017
Price at launch: $79

This GPU was launched back in 2017 and one of the biggest reasons to buy this GPU is its price it’s only $79, and you can now buy in like $50-60. This GPU was one of the quietest GPUs at that time. Because I know when I was playing games on it like GTA 5, and Call of Duty, it was really quiet compared to other GPU. That’s because of its Fabrication process technology. This GPU is also PCIe gen 3, if you have a gen 3 supported motherboard then you can eke out the full performance from it. This gpu has 2.2 Billion transistors which is really great for a $79 GPU.


Graphics clock: 1100 MHz
Boost clock: 1183 MHz

The base frequency of this GPU is 1100 MHz, which is faster than most new GPUs. The Boost Clock is also faster than other GPUs at this point which is 1183 MHz the base frequency is going to help in mostly GPU-bound games like Call of Duty Warzone.

Memory specifications:

Memory size: 4096 MB
Memory type: GDDR5
Memory clock: 1750 MHz
Memory clock (effective): 7000 MHz
Memory interface width: 128 bit
Memory bandwidth: 112 GB/s

AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB has 4 GB of GDDR5 memory with a frequency of 1750 MHz. Which is really fast compared to its predecessors. The memory clock of this GPU is 7 GHz, which is amazingly fast and don’t forget this GPU is also power full. The memory bandwidth is a lot faster than its predecessor also. Like it’s faster than AMD Radeon RX 540 2GB and AMD Radeon R7 250. The memory bandwidth is freaking 112 GB/s which is awesome.  The cache memories are also good in terms of performance. The memory clock of this AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB is 7 GHz which will help in boosting game performance.

Cores & Texture:

Compute units: 8
Color ROPs: 16
Stream processors: 512
Texture units: 32
Decoders: Adobe Flash
DXVA 1.0 & 2.0
MPEG 2 (SH & HD)
MPEG-4 Part 2 (DivX/Xvid)
MVC (Blu-ray 3D)

AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB has 512 Stream Processors. The Cuda cores are more than AMD Radeon RX 540 2GB and AMD Radeon R7 250. There are also 16 ROPs that help in rotating, resizing, and much more. There are 32 Texture Units. There are also 8 Compute units that help with the CPU performance to get the most out of this GPU.

Electric characteristics:

Maximum power draw: 50W

One of the best things about this GPU is its power consumption, it only eats up to 50W while its competitors eat up to 120W. This GPU’s maximum power consumption is 50W compared to its predecessor’s 100W. There are also many variants of this GPU that can be further overclocked thus eating more power. Which allows the users to get more out of the GPU. The power limit of this GPU is around 70 W which is a lot to get faster performance when it’s overclocked.

Video features:

Multi-monitor: Up to 3 displays
Maximum digital resolution: 7680 x 4320
Maximum DP resolution: 7680 x 4320
Maximum DVI resolution: 2560 x 1600
Maximum HDMI resolution: 4096 x 3112
HDMI version: 2.0b

The max monitor support increases with the increase of new technologies and with new updates from monitors, TVs, etc. the GPU’s updates as well. This GPU can support maximum display at 8K with up to 1 monitor. There are vainest with different display outputs. But you will find more than 4 display connectors. There are some variants with thunderbolt displays at well. But there will be 2 display ports 1.4 and 2 HDMI 2.0b connectors.


Pixel fill rate: 18.93 Gigapixels/s
Texture fill rate: 37.86 Gigatexels/s
Single precision computes power: 1211.39 GFLOPS
Double precision computes power: 1211.39 GFLOPS

The pixel fill rate of This GPU has scored 18.93 Gigapixels/which is amazingly fast compared to its predecessors. The texture fill rate also scores 37.86 Gigatexels/s. That’s why it supports 4K at high frame rates thanks to ROP’s. Single computing also scores 1211.39 GFLOPS, and double precision computes power scores 1211.39 GFLOPS this is amazingly fast. In terms of performance, this GPU is faster than GTX 760.

External connectors:

Standard display connectors: DisplayPort 1.4
Dual-Link DVI-D
Audio input for HDMI: Yes

Well, one of the most important and key factors about this GPU is its power consumption. This GPU is not that power-hungry. This GPU needs 50 W. There are also 2 display ports, 1 HDMI, 1 Type C port, which is really great for multiple monitors. There is also Audio input from HDMI which also helps with these new monitors.


Length: 5.7 inches (145 mm)
Width: Dual-Slot

These days the size of the GPU is also important because there are a lot of cases that don’t fit some long GPUs. This GPU is 5.7 inches, which can fit in most PC cases. Plus the GPU is also Dual-slot which helps in heat overflow.

Features & Support:

Other features: Direct Compute 12
AMD PowerTune
AMD ZeroCore Power
ATI/AMD PowerPlay
HD3D Technology
High Dynamic Range (HDR) Support
Open CL support: 2.0
OpenGL support: 4.6
DirectX support: 12.0
Mantle support: Yes
Vulkan support: 1.1.108
Shader model: 6.4

There are a lot of new features in this GPU, and they are updated over time. The most amazing new features of this GPU are Direct Compute 12, AMD PowerTune, AMD ZeroCore Power, ATI/AMD PowerPlay, HD3D Technology, HDCP, High Dynamic Range (HDR) Support, etc. This AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB has Open CL support 2.0 which is a lot more efficient than the last gen Open CL. This will help in boost in performance. AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB also has Open GL 4.6 support which is also faster than the Open GL 4.5. AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB also has DirectX 12 ultimate support. The Vulkan support is also 1.1 which makes the drivers experience more up-to-date. The Shader model makes the texture experience more accurate and more efficient and fast. AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB has the Shader model 6.4.

Gaming Experience:

The gaming experience of this GPU is quite good. AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB has one of the fastest memories, fast clock speeds, faster memory clock speeds, more Cuda cores, the newest architecture, and higher bandwidth. Which makes the gaming experience more powerful. The more Cuda cores the faster the performance of a GPU will be. Running GTA 5 on this GPU will give you around 50+ FPS. And in almost every game this GPU shows the best performance.

So, this was my full review of the AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB if you want to check out more articles like this then check the reviews in the menu. Also, do check out my YouTube channel. Thanks.

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One Comment

  1. radeon rx 550 will not run old game like blitzkrieg all three of the trilogy run the same i can start the game load saved game click on equipment to move it acknoledges but reverts back like nothing was done when i click on the destination or same if i tell it to fire on alocation

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