AMD Radeon 520

The Radeon 520 is a dedicated entry-level graphics card for laptops that was released in 2017. AMD reveals that the chip features five compute units based on the GCN architecture and 2 GB GDDR5 64-bit graphics memory. The new chip is not based on the Polaris architecture from 2016, but the old one that was introduced with the Radeon R5 M230 in 2014 and later used in the M330 and M430 / M440 / M445.

Due to the higher clock speed of up to 1030 MHz, the Radeon 520 should be slightly faster than the old Radeon R7 M445 (920 MHz, 320 shader units, GDDR5). However, the performance should be comparable, which means that demanding games like Dishonored 2, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare or XCOM 2 should not run smoothly. Less demanding games like Overwatch, Fifa 17 (with a fast CPU) or Farming Simulator 17, would run well, but using low to medium detail settings. For detailed game benchmarks, visit the pages of the previous linked card. If only DDR3 is used, the performance should be on par with the Radeon R7 M440 (1021 MHz, 320 shader units, DDR3).

Radeon 500 Series
Radeon 530 (compare) 384 @ 1024 MHz64 Bit @ 2250 MHz
Radeon 520 320 @ 1030 MHz64 Bit @ 2250 MHz
Pipelines320 - unified
Core Speed1030 MHz
Memory Speed2250 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3/GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12, Shader 5.0
technology28 nm
FeaturesDirectX 12, Mantle, OpenGL, OpenCL 1.2, Vulkan
Date of Announcement21.03.2017
Link to Manufacturer Page


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A11 Bionic GPU *
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2017-09- 5)