While not applicable to all models, certain Radeon RX 5500 XT models have seen their prices drop down to US$ 169 (after rebate). This makes AMD’s budget proposition US$15 cheaper than the competing GeForce GTX 1650 Super. Per our updated benchmark listing, the RX 5500 XT is not only cheaper though–it’s actually a good bit faster than its Turing-based competition.
On Newegg, the MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT MECH 4G OC is currently listed for US$169, after a US$20 rebate. Meanwhile, entry-level GTX 1650 Super models like the Asus Geforce GTX 1650 Super Phoenix Fan Edition cost upwards of US$184, which is higher than the US$169 launch price for the graphics card. Keep in mind, though that the RX 5500 XT we’re looking at here is the 4GB version. There is an 8GB variant of the card. However, its US$199 price puts it in competition with the GTX 1660 Super, a card that categorically outclasses it.
If you’re in the market for a great budget card to play AAA and eSports titles at 1080p with a modern feature set, this is the cheapest we’ve seen the RX 5500 XT selling for in quite some time.
If you’re willing to go used, though, the RX 580 8GB, which delivers equivalent performance and more VRAM, can be had for under US$100. Polaris parts have been price-performance champions for much of their life and that still holds true four years down the line.