Mid-range Pro Navi: AMD Radeon Pro W5500 Workstation Graphics Card Review

AMD Radeon Pro W5500 Workstation Graphics Card
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by Rob Williams on May 20, 2020 in Graphics & Displays

AMD released its Navi-based Radeon Pro W5500 a few months ago, and to say we’ve spent a lot of time battering it with tests would be an understatement. We’re taking a look at AMD’s latest $399 professional GPU with the help of many encoding, rendering, viewport, and gaming tasks.

Page 5 – Gaming: UL 3DMark, VRMark & Unigine Superposition

3DMark

UL 3DMark 1080p Fire Strike Graphics Score (AMD Radeon Pro W5500)
UL 3DMark 4K Fire Strike Graphics Score (AMD Radeon Pro W5500)
UL 3DMark 4K Time Spy Graphics Score (AMD Radeon Pro W5500)

Throughout much of our workstation testing, AMD’s Radeon Pro W5500 and NVIDIA’s Quadro P2200 had some surprisingly close fights, considering we know that the former card is the technically more powerful. That’s proven with these 3DMark tests, as the W5500 easily leaps past the P2200 in each one of these tests, encapsulating both DX11 and DX12.

We’re sure one of AMD’s biggest fears at the moment is NVIDIA spinning out a Turing-based 2000-series card, which could level the playing field a bit (and seems overdue at this point).

VRMark

Futuremark VRMark Cyan Room
UL VRMark Cyan Room Performance (AMD Radeon Pro W5500)
UL VRMark Blue Room Performance (AMD Radeon Pro W5500)

The strong performance of the W5500 carries through to VRMark, with it again toppling NVIDIA’s Quadro P2200. Meanwhile, the older WX 4100 is really showing its age, which isn’t surprising when the card was considered a lower-end option from the get-go. That said, we do see proof on the previous page where that aging card can still offer surprising viewport results.

Superposition

Unigine Superposition
Unigine Superposition 1080p Extreme Performance (AMD Radeon Pro W5500)
Unigine Superposition 4K Optimized Performance (AMD Radeon Pro W5500)

As expected, AMD’s W5500 jumps in front of the P2200, and for what it’s worth, a fair bit ahead of the older WX 7100 (which was priced at $799 when released in late 2016).

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Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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