AMD Radeon RX 540 vs AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)

AMD Radeon RX 540

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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.

AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)

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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.

AMD Radeon RX 540AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
ManufacturerAMDAMD
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 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 540 512 @ 1219 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
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 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 540 512 @ 1219 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
CodenamePolaris 12Polaris 12
ArchitecturePolarisPolaris
512 - 640 -
Core1219 (Boost) MHz1287 - 1476 (Boost) MHz
Memory6000 MHz6000 MHz
Bus128 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory4096 MB4096 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 12DirectX 12
Technology14 nm14 nm
FeaturesDisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready, HDMI 2.0, AMD FreeSyncDisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready, HDMI 2.0, AMD FreeSync
Size
Introduced21.03.2017 21.03.2017
Manufacturerhttp://www.amd.com/en/products/graphics/...http://www.amd.com/en/products/graphics/...

3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
1095 Points (8%)
min: 1302     avg: 1410     median: 1410 (11%)     max: 1518 Points
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
1008 Points (7%)
min: 1170     avg: 1280.5     median: 1280.5 (9%)     max: 1391 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
138197 Points (26%)
239256 Points (45%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
67875 Points (9%)
min: 89329     avg: 111552     median: 111552 (15%)     max: 133774 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
11989 Points (21%)
min: 8755     avg: 13373.5     median: 13493 (23%)     max: 17753 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
23263 Points (13%)
min: 17423     avg: 23660.5     median: 23049.5 (12%)     max: 31120 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 2495     avg: 2871     median: 2985 (11%)     max: 3133 Points
min: 2516     avg: 3378.8     median: 3248.5 (12%)     max: 4502 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
3519 Points (9%)
min: 2874     avg: 3806     median: 3645 (9%)     max: 5060 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
83467 Points (11%)
min: 106689     avg: 133221     median: 133221 (18%)     max: 159753 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 3783     avg: 4223.5     median: 4223.5 (14%)     max: 4664 points
min: 4474     avg: 5408.3     median: 5226 (17%)     max: 6707 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 4443     avg: 4544.5     median: 4544.5 (9%)     max: 4646 points
min: 1619     avg: 4553.6     median: 4559 (9%)     max: 6589 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon RX 540
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon RX 540
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
48274 Points (25%)
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
20313 Points (43%)
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon RX 540
Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Extreme HD DirectX 1920x1080
19.3 fps (13%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
31.2 fps (12%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
17.3 fps (10%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
31.9 fps (14%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + AMD Radeon RX 540
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon RX 540
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon RX 540
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
Ref. Match 64Bit + AMD Radeon RX 540
Ref. Match 64Bit + AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
414 Samples/s (8%)
743 Samples/s (14%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
811 Samples/s (8%)
1609 Samples/s (15%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
2708 Points (10%)
921 Points (3%)
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra - Power Consumption *
min: 43.8     avg: 62.1     median: 62.1 (14%)     max: 80.47 Watt

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon RX 540 → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) → 126%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

2018
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
32  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
12  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
29.8  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
23.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
19.7  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
32.8  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
11.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
8.4  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
24.5  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
9.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
4.1  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
Fortnite

Fortnite

2018
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
89.2  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
22.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
13.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
9.4  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
42.9  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
11.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
9.1  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
25  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
13.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
10.7  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
62.8  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
27.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
12.8  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
22  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
10  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
Destiny 2

Destiny 2

2017
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
34.4  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
18.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
15.5  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
ELEX

ELEX

2017
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
30.3  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
15.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
10.9  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
25.7  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
11.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
9.8  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
39  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
14  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
10  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
FIFA 18

FIFA 18

2017
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
115.8  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
54.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
40.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
40  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
40.6  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
10.5  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
10.4  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
F1 2017

F1 2017

2017
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
55  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
22  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
16  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
52  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
14.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
13.4  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
65.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
63  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
60  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
54  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
Dirt 4

Dirt 4

2017
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
103.9  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
32.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
18.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
9.8  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
152.9  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
53  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
31  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
Prey

Prey

2017
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
92.2  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
38.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
25.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
18.7  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
51.4  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
24.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
22.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
20  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
For Honor

For Honor

2017
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
64  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
20.5  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
18.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
14.8  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
84.9  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
34.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
18.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
10.4  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
99.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
49.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
22.8  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
54.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
30.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
12.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
10.7  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
59.8  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
48.7  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
24  fps
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
40  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
26.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
14  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
83.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
50.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
32  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
18.3  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
Doom

Doom

2016
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
29.7  fps
189%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
56  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
23.5  fps
157%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
37  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
12.5  fps
176%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
22  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
21  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
»
low 1280x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
41.9  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
12.5  fps
203%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
25.4  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
11.4  fps
193%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
22  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
43.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
21.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
9.9  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
50.8  fps
134%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
44.3 91 ~ 68 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
21.6  fps
208%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
36 54 ~ 45 fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
11.3  fps
204%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
18 27 ~ 23 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
9  fps
233%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
21  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
105.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
56.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
28  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
21.1  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
93.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
62.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
32.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
25.2  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
74.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
62.5  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
47.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
38.3  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
82  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
71  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
39  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
27  fps
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
50.8  fps
106%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
53.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
29.3  fps
116%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
34  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
13.2  fps
131%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
17.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
7.8 fps  fps
308%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
24 fps  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
»
GTA V

GTA V

2015
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
74.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
63.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
16.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
6.2  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
65.2  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
58.3  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
55.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
29  fps
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
»
low 1024x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
49  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
44.9  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
29.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
17  fps
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
»
low 1024x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
90  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
85.4  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
59.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
28.4  fps
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
»
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 540:
150.7  fps
110%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
155.3 159.4 183 ~ 166 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
74.9  fps
139%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
88.3 90.7 133 ~ 104 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
62.3  fps
114%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
21.9 72.6 73.5 117 ~ 71 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
18.2  fps
203%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
22.2 22.4 67 ~ 37 fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
145  fps
200%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
289.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
75.9  fps
197%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
149.5  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 540:
59.5  fps
193%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
114.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 540:
29.7  fps
172%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
51.2  fps
Radeon RX 540:
»
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
»

Average Gaming AMD Radeon RX 540 → 100%

Average Gaming AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) → 176%

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