AMD Radeon R5 M230

AMD Radeon R5 M230

The AMD Radeon R5 M230 is an entry-level DirectX 11 graphics card for laptops, which is based on the Sun GPU (GCN architecture). The core is clocked at up to 855 MHz and the DDR3 graphics memory runs at 1000 MHz (64-bit interface), too.

Compared to the Mars chip (e.g. HD 8570M), Sun offers less hardware units. The GPU integrates 320 shaders, 20 TMUs and 4 ROPs and is therefore located in the low-end segment.

The performance of the Radeon R5 230M should be similar to the HD 8500M series, e.g. the HD 8570M. Current and demanding games of 2014 will run fluently only in low resolutions and detail settings.

The 320 shaders can be used with OpenCL 1.2 for general-purpose calculations (as 5 compute units). Compared to old TeraScale 2 chips, the GCN-based architecture offers improved performance in this framework.

The R5 series also supports automatic graphics switching between the integrated GPU and discrete GPU. Called Enduro, the technology supersedes AMD's Dynamic Switchable Graphics and is similar to Nvidia's Optimus. Furthermore, the R5 230M can directly support multiple monitors using Eyefinity technology.

Other features of the R5 series include ZeroCore for reducing power consumption when the display is turned off and Power Gating to power down areas of the chip that are not used. PowerTune allows automatic overclocking and underclocking of the graphics card as long as the GPU is within its TDP limit. For example, the chip may be underclocked when running FurMark and OCCT, but will overclock in certain games.

The power consumption should be similar to slower models of the HD 8500M or 8600M series. As a result, the R5 230M is suited for 13-inch notebooks or larger.

ManufacturerAMD
Radeon R5 M200 Series
Radeon R5 M230 320 @ 855MHz64 Bit @ 2000MHz
CodenameSun
ArchitectureGCN
Pipelines320 - unified
Core Speed *855 MHz
Memory Speed *2000 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11.2 Tier 1, Shader 5.0
technology28 nm
FeaturesApp Acceleration, PowerPlay, PowerTune, ZeroCore, Enduro, Eyefinity, Mantle
Date of Announcement07.01.2014
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/US/PRODUCTS/NOTEBOOK/...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 5040      avg: 5040 (7%)     median: 5040 (7%)     max: 5040 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 55656      avg: 55656 (7%)     median: 55656 (7%)     max: 55656 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1295      avg: 1295 (8%)     median: 1295 (8%)     max: 1295 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1414      avg: 1414 (11%)     median: 1414 (11%)     max: 1414 points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 5145      avg: 5145 (17%)     median: 5145 (17%)     max: 5145 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 7198      avg: 7198 (59%)     median: 7198 (59%)     max: 7198 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

GRID: Autosport
low 1024x768
116.9  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
45.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
The Elder Scrolls Online
low 1024x768
61.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
32.5  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
17.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
18.2  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
11.6  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
9.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
4.4  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
X-Plane 10.25
low 1024x768
56.2  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
29.2  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
11.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
10.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
low 1024x768
32.8  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
26.6  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
11  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Battlefield 4
low 1024x768
38.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
26.1  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
17.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Batman: Arkham Origins
low 1024x768
44  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
24  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Total War: Rome II
low 1024x768
42.9  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
32.2  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
27.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Saints Row IV
low 1280x720
31.3  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
26.8  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
11.4  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
low 1024x768
27  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
18.4  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
15.1  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Company of Heroes 2
low 1024x768
24  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
17.4  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
9.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
4.3  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
68.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
49.7  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
32.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Metro: Last Light
low 1024x768
25.2  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
18.5  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
11  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
5.3  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
BioShock Infinite
low 1280x720
44.4  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
24.8  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
20.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
6.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
low 1024x768
91.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
33.6  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
20.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Tomb Raider
low 1024x768
52.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
26.7  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
16.8  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
8.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Dead Space 3
low 1024x768
61.9  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
30.6  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
24.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Dishonored
low 1024x768
40.6  fps      Compare