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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 580 (compare) 2304 @ 1257 - 1340 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
Radeon RX 580 (Laptop) (compare) 2304 @ 1077 MHz
Radeon RX 570 (Laptop) (compare) 2048 256 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) 640 @ 1287 - 1476 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540 (compare) 512 @ 1219 (Boost) MHz128 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

3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
min: 1302     avg: 1410     median: 1410 (13%)     max: 1518 Points
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
min: 1170     avg: 1280.5     median: 1280.5 (10%)     max: 1391 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 8755     avg: 13373.5     median: 13493 (23%)     max: 17753 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 17423     avg: 23660.5     median: 23049.5 (12%)     max: 31120 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 2516     avg: 3378.8     median: 3248.5 (12%)     max: 4502 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 2874     avg: 3806     median: 3645 (9%)     max: 5060 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 106689     avg: 133221     median: 133221 (18%)     max: 159753 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 4474     avg: 5408.3     median: 5226 (17%)     max: 6707 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 1619     avg: 4553.6     median: 4559 (9%)     max: 6589 points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
Ref. Match 64Bit +
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra - Power Consumption *
min: 43.8     avg: 62.1     median: 62.1 (14%)     max: 80.47 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 detailled 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