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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 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 580 compare 2304 @ 1257 - 1340 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 570 compare 2048 @ 1168 - 1244 MHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 580 (Laptop) compare 2304 @ 1077 MHz
Radeon RX 570 (Laptop) compare 2048 @ 926 - 1206 MHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 560X (Laptop) compare 1024 @ 1172 - 1275 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop) compare 1024 @ 1090 - 1292 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) compare 640 @ 1287 - 1476 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540X compare 512 @ 1219 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540 512 @ 1219 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

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
12.2 pt (14%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 2495     avg: 3053     median: 3059 (10%)     max: 3488 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 3242     avg: 3623     median: 3686 (8%)     max: 3876 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 3783     avg: 4673     median: 4664 (12%)     max: 5273 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 4443     avg: 4699     median: 4646 (8%)     max: 4983 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
min: 31.9     avg: 39.8     median: 39.8 (7%)     max: 47.6 fps
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit +
- 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.
low 1280x720
63  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
31  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
29  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
21  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Hitman 2

Hitman 2

2018
low 1280x720
29  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
18  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
12  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
8  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
55  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
26  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
21  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
16  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
F1 2018

F1 2018

2018
low 1280x720
62  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
40  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
28  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
21  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1280x720
60  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
25  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
21  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
17  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

2018
low 1280x720
32 42 ~ 37 fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
12 25 ~ 19 fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
21  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
17  fps    + Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 1280x720
29.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
23.3  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
19.7  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.