AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 XT is a good 1080p graphics card, but it costs too much compared to the competition. In our review of the Radeon RX 5500 XT we said it’d be a much better option if it cost about $30 less. We haven’t got our wish just yet, but today’s sale price at Newegg’s, plus some nice giveaways from AMD, make the Radeon RX 5500 XT a great value today.
The online retailer is selling a custom MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT Mech for $160 after a $20 rebate. In addition to the card, you get free copies of Resident Evil 3 and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, as well as three free months of Microsoft’s killer Xbox Game Pass for PC, which grants you access to well over 100 different games.
The Radeon RX 5500 XT has some nice advantages to it. The card offers a smooth, low-cost 1080p gaming experience with graphics options set to High in most games. It’s rocking fast GDDR6 VRAM, and it supports PCIe 4.0 if you have an X570 motherboard and a Ryzen 3000 processor. This is a Navi-based GPU, but we found that the advantages of this architecture weren’t as beneficial when packed into a budget-level graphics card.
Still, at $160 this Radeon RX 5500 XT is comparable in price and performance to Nvidia’s GTX 1650 Super, our top pick for a budget GPU, and with all those extras Newegg’s price makes this an excellent buy.
If, however, you want something with a more power (and are willing to pay for it) you can also get an MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke for $360 after a $30 rebate and the discount code VGAPCMSPW26. The Radeon RX 5700 XT usually starts at $400. It’s good for 1440p gaming, or 1080p gaming on a monitor with an ultra-high refresh rate.