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Exclusive: First 5300M Benchmarks | AMD Radeon RX 5300M takes the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 to the cleaners despite clock and memory constraints

The AMD Radeon RX 5300M seems to be an excellent alternative to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650.
The AMD Radeon RX 5300M seems to be an excellent alternative to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650.
We were provided preliminary 3DMark benchmarks performed on a pre-production laptop powered by the new AMD Radeon RX 5300M mobile GPU, which give us first impressions of how AMD's new entry-level Navi 14 part stacks up against the competition. Although the RX 5300M does suffer a performance setback against the RX 5500M, it does a good job in beating the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 and its Max-Q variant quite convincingly.

The AMD Radeon RX 5300M is the new entry-level GPU in the Navi 14 family. While Apple gets to have an exclusive Pro version of the RX 5300M with a 128-bit memory bus (224 GB/s) and 4 GB VRAM, the rest of the world has to make do with a cut-down 96-bit bus (168 GB/s) and 3 GB VRAM.

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Device manager showing the Radeon Vega 10 and RX 5300M.
Device manager showing the Radeon Vega 10 and RX 5300M.

We have received some benchmark data performed on a pre-production notebook powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H with Vega 10 graphics and a dedicated Radeon RX 5300M GPU from industry sources. Here are the results of a few 3DMark runs that were performed on this notebook and along with comparisons with other notebooks from our database.

3DMark

AMD Radeon RX 5300M 3DMark Fire Strike score.
AMD Radeon RX 5300M 3DMark Fire Strike score.

Our sample's RX 5300M is clocked at 1,036 MHz base and 1,445 MHz boost. The base clock is lower than the default value of 1,181 MHz, possibly to help with battery life.

In 3DMark Fire Strike, the RX 5300M managed to score 8,782 points. The GTX 1650 Max-Q in the MSI Prestige 15 A10SC lagged behind by about 19% while the standard GTX 1650 in the Dell G3 15 3590 trailed by about 8%. This is impressive considering that the GTX 1650 has higher clocks and more memory than the RX 5300M. However, the RX 5500M in the MSI Alpha 15 leads the RX 5300M by about 13%.

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
13381 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, 3750H
11198 Points ∼84%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, 3750H
9963 Points ∼74%
unknown 5300M laptop
AMD Radeon RX 5300M, 3750H
8782 Points ∼66%
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
8081 Points ∼60%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
7103 Points ∼53%

Considering just the Fire Strike graphics score, the RX 5300M managed to amass 10,306 points, which is 33% higher than the GTX 1650 Max-Q and nearly 11% higher than the standard GTX 1650. The RX 5500M continues to lead by a comfortable 14% margin.

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
15054 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, 3750H
13362 Points ∼89%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, 3750H
11754 Points ∼78%
unknown 5300M laptop
AMD Radeon RX 5300M, 3750H
10306 Points ∼68%
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
9315 Points ∼62%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
7774 Points ∼52%

3DMark 11

AMD Radeon RX 5300M 3DMark 11 Performance score.
AMD Radeon RX 5300M 3DMark 11 Performance score.

In 3DMark 11 Performance, the RX 5300M posted a total score of 11,869. The performance gap between the RX 5300M and NVIDIA's GTX 1650 variants is considerably lower this time. The RX 5300M scores about 2% higher than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q and is just a hair's breadth better than a GTX 1650. However, the same cannot be said about the performance deficit between the RX 5300M and the RX 5500M, with the latter having a 12% lead.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
15912 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, 3750H
14271 Points ∼90%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, 3750H
13344 Points ∼84%
unknown 5300M laptop
AMD Radeon RX 5300M, 3750H
11869 Points ∼75%
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
11845 Points ∼74%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
11613 Points ∼73%

The RX 5300M posted a GPU score of 14,265 points in the 3DMark 11 Performance benchmark. The performance difference now becomes more palpable, with the RX 5300M scoring 24% higher than the GTX 1650 Max-Q and about 8% higher than the GTX 1650. The RX 5500M, on the other hand, has a good 24% lead over the RX 5300M.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
20311 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, 3750H
18493 Points ∼91%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, 3750H
17668 Points ∼87%
unknown 5300M laptop
AMD Radeon RX 5300M, 3750H
14265 Points ∼70%
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
13228 Points ∼65%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
11542 Points ∼57%

The AMD Radeon RX 5300M is Team Red's lowest rung offering in the Navi lineup. The RX 5300M is essentially a gimped RX 5500M, and this could very well be AMD's best possible achievement with Navi 14 in terms of improved power efficiency even if it does come with a performance penalty. That being said, the RX 5300M looks to be an excellent alternative to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 series and will likely be lapped-up by many laptop OEMs in the coming months for introducing affordable yet fairly capable gaming laptops. 

We should mention one thing here, though. Synthetics tell only half the story and these scores may not reflect real-world gaming performance. The Radeon RX 5500M performs, on an average, somewhere between the GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q in gaming. Therefore, even though the RX 5300M seems to have outdone the GTX 1650 in synthetics, we would still keep our expectations tempered with respect to games, where we suspect the GTX 1650 could still have an edge thanks to its higher clocks and memory.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-12- 3 (Update: 2019-12- 3)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.