Now it is time for the most limited cards, the 4GB video cards. The game restricts these video cards further by what settings are capable. We are comparing the ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER and SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB, both have factory overclocks.
We didn’t even mess with trying to get 1440p performance on these video cards. We were limited to only “Medium” settings at 1440p. Thankfully at 1080p, we could go up to at least “High” settings, but we couldn’t go over that. So no ultra settings for you.
At 1080p “High” settings the ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER is 7% faster than the SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5500 XT. This continues the NVIDIA dominance in this game. The 1650 SUPER feels a bit smoother in this game, and with the higher performance means fewer low drops.
We wanted to lower settings, even more, to see if “High” was VRAM bottlenecking us. Sure enough, it was. At “Medium” settings, with the VRAM more relaxed you can see the ASUS STRIX GTX 1650 SUPER overtake the Radeon RX 5500 XT to a much greater degree. It is now a whopping 42% faster at this lower setting, where it was only a 7% difference at the VRAM bottlenecked “High” setting.
However, both video cards are playable at “Medium” just fine. It shows how much easing the VRAM burden can impact performance, it’s painfully large.