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SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT 4G OC Review

Need for Speed Heat

Need for Speed Heat is the latest installment in the Need for Speed series.  It was released on November 8th.  This game uses the Frostbite 3 engine and is DX11.  There are plenty of graphics options.  This game has open-world gameplay, we are performing a manual run-through driving in the game at night with rain through the city and mountains in a specific path.

In this first graph, we are using the highest “Ultra” graphics settings in the game.  The SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT 4G OC video card is averaging right at 55 FPS.  However, there are some areas in the mountains with dense foliage where it drops into the lower 40’s framerate.  The Radeon RX 5500 XT is about 3% faster than the ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER O4G GAMING video card.

When we overclock the SAPPHIRE video card performance increases a lot by 8%.  It seems this game is sensitive to overclocking, especially at “Ultra” settings.  When overclocked the SAPPHIRE video card is now giving us that welcomed 60 FPS average FPS at 1080p that we want.

We also lowered the settings down to “High” to see what would happen.  At “High” the minimum framerate stays in the ’50s during the hard parts.  This keeps the SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT very playable average 72 FPS.  The GTX 1650 SUPER is only slightly behind, not really enough to tell in-game.  Overclocking the SAPPHIRE card once again boosts performance a fair amount.  

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