AMD Radeon RX 550 review: New (entry) card on the block

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Gigabyte Radeon RX 550 Gaming OC 2GB

For this test, Gigabyte supplied us with an RX 550 Gaming OC. Out of the 2 RX 550s that Gigabyte has available in their line-up, this is the more expensive one, which is mainly due to the fact that it has a bigger cooler. The WindForce 2X cooler has 2 90mm fans and has a 0db mode, where the fans will stop spinning when the card is idle. The cooler is simpler than the ones you find on the more high-end cards. There are less cooling fins and heat pipes are completely absent.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 550 Gaming OC 2GB

The Radeon RX 550 is boosted to 1883 MHz as standard, Gigabyte has increased this to 1206 MHz on their card. Using the bundled software, you can increase this to 1219 MHz via the “OC mode”, but this will not lead to a noticeable performance increase as the values are very close together. Gigabyte has left the memory as-is, 2GB at 1750 MHz (effectively 7000 MHz).

Screens and televisions can be connected via the three available ports on the card; DVI-D, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4. In theory, you should be able to output 8K resolution via the DisplayPort. Despite the dual-fan cooler, dimensions of the card are still reasonable: 19,1 cm long by 10 cm wide while covering 2 expansion slots.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 550 Gaming OC 2GB

At an average price of £94, the Gigabyte Radeon RX 550 Gaming OC 2GB is about £30 more expensive than the cheapest RX 550s.

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AMD Radeon RX 550

Polaris 12, 512 cores, 1100 MHz, 2048 MB, 128 bit, DirectX 12 fl 12_1, PCI-Express 3.0 x16

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Gigabyte Radeon RX 550 Gaming OC 2GB

AMD Radeon RX 550, 1206 MHz, 2048 MB

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