Radeon RX 550: Price, performance, features compared

AMD's budget-price Radeon RX 550 is aimed squarely at esports competitors and those with a penchant for indie games.

Radeon RX 550 at a glance

How powerful is the RX 550? It packs entry-level gaming performance designed to handle esports titles and indie games.
When did the RX 550 come out? AMD launched the RX 550 on 18 April 2017.
How much does the RX 550 cost? Depending on RAM size, the RX 550 typically ranges between $120 and $190.

What is the RX 550?

The RX 550 is the cheapest entry in AMD's Radeon RX 500 graphics card line. It's aimed predominantly at players of competitive games like DOTA 2, Counter-Strike and Overwatch as well as gamers who prefer less-graphically-demanding indie games to big budget visual spectacles like Call of Duty and Battlefield.

Rather than pit the it against other dedicated graphics cards, AMD pitches it more as a superior alternative to the integrated graphics solutions included with many basic desktop PCs. As such, it not only boasts solid entry-level gaming performance but a host of entertainment features suitable for a home theatre set-up. Enhanced power efficiency, support for 4K and compatibility with HDR and HDCP technologies make the RX 550 a versatile addition to any home theatre PC.

Like most cards in the Radeon RX 500 line, the RX 550 comes in two configurations: one with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and one with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. Both configurations are otherwise identical, sporting 128-bit memory buses, 7Gbps memory speeds and base/boost GPU clocks of 1100MHz/1183MHz.

In keeping with its affordable price tag, the minimum requirements for the RX 550 are relatively humble. So long as you have a free PCIe 3.0 slot with room for a dual-width card and at least a 400W power supply, you're good โ€“ there's no need for any external power connectors since the RX 550 only draws 50W of juice directly from the motherboard. Just bear in mind that these requirements may differ slightly depending on the specific brand and variant of card you're looking at.

What features does the RX 550 support?

AMD packs its Radeon RX 500 cards with plenty of extra features designed to enhance your gaming experience. These features span both hardware and software. The most pertinent of these are:

  • Radeon Chill adaptive power-saving technology
  • Eyefinity multi-display technology
  • Virtual Super Resolution super-sampling
  • Vulkan API support
  • Radeon ReLive recording software
  • FreeSync
  • LiquidVR
  • DirectX 12
  • HDCP 2.2
  • HDMI 2.0b
  • DisplayPort 1.4 HDR
  • TressFX hair physics

How powerful is the RX 550?

As a budget-priced graphics card, the RX 550's performance is relatively modest compared to other graphics cards on the market. While it can run modern 3D games, you'll need to dial the settings down to Low and limit the resolution to 1080p to achieve a smooth experience in most titles. Depending on the game, this may mean a slick 60fps or a stable 30fps.

If your interest lies in less-taxing games like League of Legends, DOTA 2 and CS:GO, the RX 550 is perfectly capable of hitting 100fps+ on High settings at 1080p. This makes it an excellent option for esports players looking to build a wallet-friendly gaming rig.

Similarly, those who prefer smaller 2D and 3D indie games will find the RX 550 more than capable at resolutions of 1080p or lower. Certain games may prove more demanding than others, of course, but in general the RX 550 makes for a solid indie gaming graphics solution.

RX 550 availability and price

The RX 550 went on sale on 18 April 2017 in both its 2GB and 4GB configurations. It typically retails for between $120 and $190 depending on the configuration, the brand and any additional features a specific variant includes.

You can see the latest deals on the RX 550 in our best price comparison of the 2GB RX 550 and 4GB RX 550:

AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB price

This table was last updated on 20 Sep 2019.
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RetailerModelPriceCurrencyBuy it
CPL Gigabyte GV-RX550D5-2GD Radeon RX550 OC 2GB DDR5 PCIe Video Card $159 AUD Go to site
Scorptec $169 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia Gigabyte Radeon RX 550 Gaming OC 2GB Graphic Cards GV-RX550GAMINGOC-2GD $201.09 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia PowerColor AXRX 550 2GBD5-DHA/OC AMD Radeon Red Dragon RX 550 Graphic Cards $245.16 AUD Go to site

Top 10 deals

RetailerModelPriceCurrency
CPL Gigabyte GV-RX550D5-2GD Radeon RX550 OC 2GB DDR5 PCIe Video Card $159 AUD
Scorptec $169 AUD
Amazon Australia Gigabyte Radeon RX 550 Gaming OC 2GB Graphic Cards GV-RX550GAMINGOC-2GD $201.09 AUD
Amazon Australia PowerColor AXRX 550 2GBD5-DHA/OC AMD Radeon Red Dragon RX 550 Graphic Cards $245.16 AUD

AMD Radeon RX 550 4GB price

This table was last updated on 20 Sep 2019.
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Amazon Australia ASUS AMD RX 550 RX550-4G 128-Bit GDDR5 Memory DisplayPort/HDMI/DL-DVI-D PCI Express Graphics Card - Black $181 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia PowerColor AXRX 550 4GBD5-DHA AMD Radeon Red Dragon RX 550 Graphic Cards $251.4 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia MSI Gaming Radeon RX GDRR5 DirectX 12 VR Ready CFX Graphcis Card RX 550 $343 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia Sapphire 11268-15-20G Radeon Pulse RX 550 4GB GDDR5 HDMI / DVI-D / DP (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card $396.15 AUD Go to site

Top 10 deals

RetailerModelPriceCurrency
Amazon Australia ASUS AMD RX 550 RX550-4G 128-Bit GDDR5 Memory DisplayPort/HDMI/DL-DVI-D PCI Express Graphics Card - Black $181 AUD
Amazon Australia PowerColor AXRX 550 4GBD5-DHA AMD Radeon Red Dragon RX 550 Graphic Cards $251.4 AUD
Amazon Australia MSI Gaming Radeon RX GDRR5 DirectX 12 VR Ready CFX Graphcis Card RX 550 $343 AUD
Amazon Australia Sapphire 11268-15-20G Radeon Pulse RX 550 4GB GDDR5 HDMI / DVI-D / DP (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card $396.15 AUD

RX 550 specs

Base clock speed
1100MHz
Boost clock speed
1183MHz
Memory
2GB/4GB GDDR5
Memory speed
7Gbps
Memory bus
128-bit
Card length
~170mm
Card width
Dual slot
Card height
~121mm
Power draw
50W
Recommended system power
400W
Power connectors
No external power required
No. HDMI ports
1
No. Display Ports
1
No. DVI ports
1
DirectX support
12

Compare Radeon RX 550 graphics cards

Updated September 20th, 2019
Name Product Brand Model Name Memory More info
ASUS
RX 550
2GB
ASUS
RX 550
4GB
Sapphire
RX 550
2GB
Sapphire
RX 550
4GB
PowerColor
RX 550
4GB

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