Although the launch of the Radeon RX 5500 series has really been expected weeks ago, the additional time given to the board partners has not been wasted. We have not really seen such a variety of custom designs before Radeon launch in a long time. Today we are looking at XFX Thicc II Pro and Yeston’s GameAce.
XFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro
I’m not exactly sure what the Pro means in the card’s name, but it seems XFX has no plans to stop expanding this brand with even weirder names. The RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro features 8GB GDDR6 memory with a boost clock of 1845 MHz (which means it’s a reference-clocked model). You might not remember this, but we already posted these pictures two months ago. That card later turned out to be an RX 580. Well, guess what, the RX 5500 is getting this design after all.
The cards are almost identical, but there are few changes. The RX 580 DD clearly has a better cooling design, you can see a heatpipe sticking out of the cooler on the side, this is because the Polaris-based model has higher TDP.
The RX 5500 XT also lacks DVI ports, in exchange the card offers three DisplayPorts and one HDMI output.
The card is currently available at Amazon for 229 USD.
XFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro (left) vs XFX RX 580 Double Dissipation (right):
Yeston RX 5500 XT GameAce
Yeston’s GameAce is a triple-fan design featuring custom PCB with 6+1+1 phase design (GPU/Mem/PLL). The boost clock of RX 5500 XT GameAce is set to 1737 MHz, which is 20 MHz higher than the reference spec.
Unlike most Navi 14 models, this card features not one, but two DVI-D connectors. That definitely makes this card unique, as Radeon board partners have been actively promoting newer display connectors on their designs. In China, however, DVI is still quite popular.