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Radeon RX 5500 XT owners aren’t likely to splurge on an X570 motherboard, but the few that do may reap some benefit. According to benchmarks from PC Games Hardware, the 4 GB variant of the RX 5500 XT achieves average framerate improvements of as much as 33 FPS when the GPU is run on PCIe 4.0 rather than 3.0. Some of the bigger differences can be spotted in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Far Cry New Dawn, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

The benchmarks couldn’t be clearer. The 4 GiByte variant takes last place in every test if it is connected with the PCI Express 3.0 interface, which is still commercially available. However, if you provide the card with a Ryzen 3000 base, the frame rates increase by at least ten, and in the case of Far Cry New Dawn by as much as 78 percent.

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