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AMD Radeon RX 540X vs AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)

AMD Radeon RX 540X

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The AMD Radeon RX 540X 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 and technically similar to the older Radeon RX 540. The only difference so far is a 4% higher theoretical peak performance (1.25 versus 1.2 TFLOPS according to AMD). Compared to Nvidia graphics cards, the gaming performance should be between the GeForce GTX 950M and GTX 960M.

The similar named Radeon 540X (without RX) offers a smaller memory bus and therefore also a slightly reduced performance.

The features of the Radeon RX 540X 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 590 (Desktop)

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The AMD Radeon RX 590 is a desktop graphics card positioned in the mid-range of 2018. It is manufactured in 12nm and offers 2,304 shader cores and 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM using a 256 Bit memory interface (8 GHz, 256 GB/s).

The RX590 uses the new Polaris 30 chip, which is a 12nm version of the Polaris 20 chip of the RX 580. Thanks to the improved process, the clock rates of the RX 590 can be higher at a similar power consumption. 

This leads to a 10 percent higher performance compared against the older Radeon RX 580 and therefore the RX 590 is faster than the GeForce GTX 1060. This means that the card is best suited for 1080p gaming in max. details (of 2018 games).

The power consumption is rated at 175 Watt and therefore 10 Watts below the Radeon RX 580 (185 Watt).

AMD Radeon RX 540XAMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon RX 500 Series
Radeon RX 590 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) compare 640 @ 1.29 - 1.48 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540X 512 @ 1.22 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540 compare 512 @ 1.22 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 590 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) compare 640 @ 1.29 - 1.48 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540X 512 @ 1.22 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540 compare 512 @ 1.22 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
CodenamePolaris 12Polaris 30
ArchitectureGCN 4.0Polaris
Pipelines512 - unified2304 - unified
Core Speed1219 (Boost) MHz1469 - 1545 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed6000 MHz8000 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB8192 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12_0DirectX 12
Transistors2200 Million5700 Million
technology14 nm12 nm
FeaturesDisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready, HDMI 2.0, AMD FreeSyncDisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready, HDMI 2.0b, AMD FreeSync
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement21.03.2018 15.11.2018
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttps://www.amd.com/de/products/graphics...

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - Radeon RX 590
48.8 pt (52%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 5190     avg: 5271     median: 5271 (29%)     max: 5352 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 4863     avg: 4872     median: 4871.5 (25%)     max: 4880 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 379940     avg: 397712     median: 397712 (62%)     max: 415483 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 307763     avg: 311088     median: 311088 (43%)     max: 314413 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 41952     avg: 44213     median: 44213 (59%)     max: 46474 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 86202     avg: 86825     median: 86825 (43%)     max: 87448 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 14101     avg: 14431     median: 14430.5 (37%)     max: 14760 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 16746     avg: 16814     median: 16813.5 (33%)     max: 16881 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 346586     avg: 352225     median: 352224 (47%)     max: 357863 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Night Raid
min: 0     avg: 20449     median: 20448.5 (30%)     max: 40897 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Night Raid Graphics Score
62469 Points (39%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 19287     avg: 20422     median: 20421.5 (48%)     max: 21556 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 23202     avg: 23363     median: 23362.5 (38%)     max: 23523 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. total
48454 Points (47%)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX
45827 Points (42%)
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
130629 Points (68%)
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
43361 Points (63%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
3DMark 06
35704 Points (66%)
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
57.3 fps (28%)
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
70.4 fps (31%)
specvp12 snx-02 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
24.9 fps (9%)
specvp12 showcase-01 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01
72.1 fps (30%)
specvp12 mediacal-01 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01
33.9 fps (21%)
specvp12 maya-04 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
66.2 fps (28%)
specvp12 energy-01 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
6 fps (16%)
specvp12 creo-01 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
49 fps (28%)
specvp12 catia-04 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
123 fps (42%)
specvp12 3dsmax-05 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05
120 fps (36%)
SPECviewperf 13 specvp13 sw-04 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 sw-04
83 fps (38%)
specvp13 snx-03 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 snx-03
44.2 fps (9%)
specvp13 showcase-02 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 showcase-02
72.2 fps (30%)
specvp13 medical-02 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 medical-02
27.9 fps (19%)
specvp13 maya-05 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 maya-05
151 fps (32%)
specvp13 energy-02 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 energy-02
9 fps (10%)
specvp13 creo-02 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 creo-02
90 fps (24%)
specvp13 catia-05 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 catia-05
169 fps (36%)
specvp13 3dsmax-06 + AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
SPECviewperf 13 - specvp13 3dsmax-06
120 fps (36%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
1996 Samples/s (20%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
4084 Samples/s (13%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
11791 (25%)
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 357.5     avg: 365     median: 364.6 (66%)     max: 371.7 Watt
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 346.9     avg: 353     median: 352.9 (59%)     max: 358.9 Watt

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop) → NAN% n=

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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 1280x720
Radeon RX 590:
137 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 590:
95.9 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 590:
85.6 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 590:
60.4 fps  fps
QHD 2560x1440
Radeon RX 590:
47.4 fps  fps
4K 3840x2160
Radeon RX 590:
31.7 fps  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 590:
99  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 590:
86  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 590:
73  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 590:
62  fps
QHD 2560x1440
Radeon RX 590:
55  fps
4K 3840x2160
Radeon RX 590:
42  fps
Dirt 5

Dirt 5

2020
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 590:
74.4  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 590:
51.4  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 590:
42.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 590:
37.2  fps
QHD 2560x1440
Radeon RX 590:
31.6  fps
4K 3840x2160
Radeon RX 590:
21.5  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon RX 590:
113 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 590:
72.2 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 590:
59.2 fps