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AMD Radeon RX 540

AMD Radeon RX 540

The AMD Radeon RX 540 is mobile mid-range graphics card for laptops based on the Polaris 12 chip (most likely). It is manufactured in an improved 14 nm FinFET process at Globalfoundries. The performance should be between the Radeon Pro 450 and 455 in the MacBook Pro 2016 range that is also based on the Polaris architecture. AMD specifies the RX 450 at 1.2 TFLOPS (Pro 450 1 TFLOP, Pro 455 1.3 TFLOPs). Compared to Nvidia graphics cards, the gaming performance should be between the GeForce GTX 950M and GTX 960M.

The features of the Radeon RX 540 are identical to the faster RX 460 and all other Polaris chips. See more details on the Polaris architecture here.

The power envelope of the faster Radeon Pro 460 is rated at 35 Watt according to the AMD blog post. Due to the slower specs, the Radeon RX 540 use slightly less.

ManufacturerAMD
Radeon RX 500 Series
Radeon RX 590 (compare) 2304 @ 1469 - 1545 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 580 (compare) 2304 @ 1257 - 1340 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 570 (compare) 2048 @ 1168 - 1244 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 580 (Laptop) (compare) 2304 @ 1077 MHz
Radeon RX 570 (Laptop) (compare) 2048 @ 926 - 1206 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 560X (Laptop) (compare) 1024 @ 1172 - 1275 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop) (compare) 1024 @ 1090 - 1292 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) (compare) 640 @ 1287 - 1476 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540X (compare) 512 @ 1219 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540 512 @ 1219 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
CodenamePolaris 12
ArchitecturePolaris
Pipelines512 - unified
Core Speed1219 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed6000 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12
technology14 nm
FeaturesDisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready, HDMI 2.0, AMD FreeSync
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement21.03.2017
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/en/products/graphics/...

Benchmarks

3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
min: 643     avg: 869     median: 869 (6%)     max: 1095 Points
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
min: 566     avg: 787     median: 787 (5%)     max: 1008 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 9431     avg: 12235.5     median: 12853 (19%)     max: 13804 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 18704     avg: 23165     median: 24170 (13%)     max: 25616 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 2495     avg: 3053     median: 3059 (11%)     max: 3488 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 3242     avg: 3622.5     median: 3686 (9%)     max: 3876 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 83467     avg: 89574.5     median: 89574 (12%)     max: 95682 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 3783     avg: 4672.8     median: 4664 (13%)     max: 5273 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 4443     avg: 4699.4     median: 4646 (9%)     max: 4983 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
31.2 fps (12%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 31     avg: 39.8     median: 39 (17%)     max: 47 fps
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
Ref. Match 64Bit +
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
min: 414     avg: 430.5     median: 430 (8%)     max: 447 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
min: 811     avg: 858     median: 858 (8%)     max: 905 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 990     avg: 1565.3     median: 998 (4%)     max: 2708 Points
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra 1920x1080 *
min: 57     avg: 58.2     median: 58 (13%)     max: 58 Watt
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra - Power Consumption *
min: 68     avg: 68.6     median: 68 (15%)     max: 69 Watt
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Anno 1800

Anno 1800

2019
low 1280x720
54  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
18  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
11  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 1280x720
56  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
39  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
37  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Anthem

Anthem

2019
low 1280x720
24  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
20  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
17  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
40  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
18  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
17  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
16  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.