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AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)

AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)

The AMD Radeon RX 550 is mobile mid-range graphics card for laptops based on the Polaris 12 chip . It is manufactured in an improved 14 nm FinFET process at Globalfoundries or Samsung. The Polaris 12 chip (codename Lexa) is a smaller chip than the Polaris 11 and 21 and uses the improved 14nm process that allows higher clock rates than the first generation (Radeon RX 400 series). It features 640 shaders (10 CUs) and (at least in the Pavilion 15t) all cores are activated in the mobile version (where 512 are activated in the desktop RX 550).

According to the specified peak performance, the chip should be similar fast as a Radeon Pro 455 in the MacBook Pro 2016. In our tests it reaches the Radeon Pro 455 and bests the Nvidia GeForce MX150, but stays behind the GeForce GTX 1050.

The features of the Radeon RX 550 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. In our tests with The Witcher 3, the GPU needed in the Pavilion 15t 80 Watt and positiones itself between the much more power efficient MX150 and the GTX 1050.

ManufacturerAMD
Radeon RX 500 Series
Radeon RX 590 compare 2304 @ 1.47 - 1.55 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 580 compare 2304 @ 1.26 - 1.34 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 570 compare 2048 @ 1.17 - 1.24 GHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 580 (Laptop) compare 2304 @ 1.08 GHz
Radeon RX 570 (Laptop) compare 2048 @ 0.93 - 1.21 GHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
Radeon RX 560X (Laptop) compare 1024 @ 1.17 - 1.28 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop) compare 1024 @ 1.09 - 1.29 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) 640 @ 1.29 - 1.48 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540X compare 512 @ 1.22 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540 compare 512 @ 1.22 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
CodenamePolaris 12
ArchitecturePolaris
Pipelines640 - unified
Core Speed1287 - 1476 (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
14.9 pt (15%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
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.

low 1024x768
59.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
48.7  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
24  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Doom

Doom

2016
low 1280x720
56  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
37  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
22  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
21  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1280x768
41.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
25.4  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
22  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 1024x768
44.3 91 ~ 68 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
36 54 ~ 45 fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
18 27 ~ 23 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
21  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1280x720
82  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
71  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
39  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
27  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
53.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
34  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
17.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
24 fps  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
65.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
58.3  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
55.1  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
29  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
49  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
44.9  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
29.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
17  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1024x768
90  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
85.4  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
59.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
28.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1280x720
155.3 159.4 183 ~ 166 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
88.3 90.7 133 ~ 104 fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
21.9 72.6 73.5 117 ~ 71 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
22.2 22.4 67 ~ 37 fps    + Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
289.8  fps    + Compare