Is this a good video card?

Best Buy is selling this card as a clearance and I wanted some input as to whether it would be a good card for HitFilm. My pc is an i5 with 16gb memory and 1tb hd and 480gb ssd. this card is as follows:


  • Powered by the AMD Radeon RX 550 graphics processing unit (GPU)
  • 4GB GDDR5 (128-bit) on-board memory
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16 interface, low profile
  • AMD Eyefinity technology
  • OpenCL, Mantle, DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 and Vulkan support
  • DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs
  • AMD TrueAudio technology

Thanks for any feedback.



  • In general the RX 550 is the lowest end of the 2017 AMD lineup. It runs at a little under half the speed of my three-year old 980m. The 980m is a laptop card running at about the same speed as a five year old desktop Nvidia 770.

    So, by current standards the RX 550 isn't a speed demon.

    It WILL absolutely run Hitfilm. 

    So, the two real questions are, what is your current card and how much is Best Buy asking? That will let us figure out roughly what performance increase you might expect for your money. 

  • Triem23, Hi Mike,

    Currently I have the onboard video which is an Intel HD 530. Best Buy is asking $78 for the new card.



  • Anybody out there?

  • Stargazer54,

    Holy c**p, twice the price of a good desktop computer. I guess I will never be able to use HF to the fullest extent, unless Santa is real.

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    Mmmmm $375 or so is an entry level computer, not a "good" computer.

    That's an addition to the below post, which I guess I forgot to send. 

    Going of benchmarks for a rough estimate, an Rx 550 is about 180% of the speed of the hd 530. The Rx 560 is about $100 and is 320% of the speed of the hd 530. The extra money for the rx 560 would be well spent. About 50% more expensive than the Rx 550, but twice the speed.

    The Rx 570 and 580 are faster yet, but the Rx 560 is the sweet spot card for power/price ratio. 

  • @DataDesign ; Yes, when you talk about paying for GPU performance you are really spending about the same amount (or more) on your GPU as you did for all the other components in your system case.

    For good reason.  In HF (and computer graphics in general) the heart of your system is the GPU.   HF is literally real time rendering for preview.     The same as you experience with high end games.  All the textures, lights, movement, and 3D models are calculated in real time in most games.   HF relies heavily on the same tech. 


  • edited October 2017

    @Triem23; @Stargazer54:

    Thanks, helps a lot.

  • @stargazer; I decided to go with the MSI Geforce GTX 1050 ti because it was on Black Friday sale and I could afford it with the lower price and a $25 rebate. It has 4gb of GDDR5 memory. I hope this will do the job.

    Have I made a good choice?


    edited November 2017

    You have made a good choice. It's a waste of money to buy anything below a 1050 Ti in the current market.

  • @DataDesign You should see a noticeable improvement over your previous card.  Sounds like you also got a good deal.  Let us know how you get on.

  • My experience is that of course it depends on what applications u use on HF. Even the text with 3d can soak some juice.  Adding images and keyframing uses less power or force  off your GPU lets say then some of the effects or particle simulator.  So even a better GPU will experience some lagging. use ur ram preview.  Im not a professional commenter. just thought  mention it. as I went through a few pcs and GPUs  to learn this.

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