AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop) vs AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)

AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop)

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The AMD Radeon RX 560 for laptops (RX 560M) is a mid-range Polaris 11 / 21 gaming graphics card for laptops. It was first shown at CES 2017 in the Lenovo Legion Y520 as the "AMD RX 560M" with up to 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM. As the desktop RX 560 it can be based on the Polaris 21 and 11 chip (RX 560 and RX 460) with 986 or 1024 shaders. The performance should be similar to the desktop variants, with slightly reduced clock speeds.

More information on the Polaris architecture and its features can be found here.

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 560 (Laptop)AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
ManufacturerAMDAMD
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) 1024 @ 1090 - 1292 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) 640 @ 1287 - 1476 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540X compare 512 @ 1219 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540 compare 512 @ 1219 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
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) 1024 @ 1090 - 1292 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) 640 @ 1287 - 1476 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540X compare 512 @ 1219 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
Radeon RX 540 compare 512 @ 1219 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
CodenamePolaris 11Polaris 12
ArchitecturePolarisPolaris
Cores1024 - unified640 - unified
Core1090 - 1292 (Boost) MHz1287 - 1476 (Boost) MHz
Memory6000 MHz6000 MHz
Bus128 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory4096 MB4096 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12DirectX 12
Transistors3000 Million
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
Size2/32/3
Introduced05.01.2017 21.03.2017
Manufacturerhttp://www.amd.com/en/products/graphics/...

3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 11994     avg: 13162     median: 13138 (20%)     max: 14354 Points
min: 8755     avg: 13374     median: 13493 (20%)     max: 17753 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 36424     avg: 36501     median: 36528 (19%)     max: 36552 Points
min: 17423     avg: 23661     median: 23049.5 (12%)     max: 31120 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 4699     avg: 4893     median: 4899 (16%)     max: 5081 Points
min: 2516     avg: 3379     median: 3248.5 (11%)     max: 4502 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 5705     avg: 5900     median: 5738 (13%)     max: 6258 Points
min: 2874     avg: 3806     median: 3645 (8%)     max: 5060 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 6828     avg: 7117     median: 6955 (18%)     max: 7567 Points
min: 4474     avg: 5408     median: 5226 (13%)     max: 6707 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 8296     avg: 8323     median: 8329 (14%)     max: 8345 Points
min: 1619     avg: 4554     median: 4559 (8%)     max: 6589 Points
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop)
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 Power Consumption *
min: 84     avg: 88.5     median: 88.5 (19%)     max: 93 Watt
min: 43.8     avg: 62.1     median: 62.1 (14%)     max: 80.47 Watt

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop) → 100% n=8

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) → 74% n=8

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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 560 (Laptop):
63  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
35  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
30  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
27  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
53.3  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
32.5  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
28.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
21.4  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
54.4  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
26.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
6.5  fps
Fortnite

Fortnite

2018
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
151.3  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
87.4  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
63  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
50.2  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
35.9  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
70.1  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
47  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
43  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
17  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
59  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
49.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
41.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
36.3  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
56.3 (!)  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
39.5 (!)  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
21.8 (!)  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
36  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
23  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
19  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
9  fps
Destiny 2

Destiny 2

2017
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
106.5 (!)  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
47.5 (!)  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
44.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
36.2  fps
FIFA 18

FIFA 18

2017
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
154.3  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
144.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
125.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
124.3  fps
F1 2017

F1 2017

2017
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
100  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
66  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
47  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
24  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
108.2  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
49.4  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
45.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
12.5  fps
Dirt 4

Dirt 4

2017
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
176.5  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
83.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
49.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
28.6  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
196.3  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
96.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
69  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
79  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
63.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
36.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
29.3  fps
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
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
224.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
176.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
95.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
47.9  fps
Doom

Doom

2016
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
38.7  fps
145%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
56  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
60.9  fps
61%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
37  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
22.2  fps
99%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
22  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
15.4  fps
136%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
21  fps
low 1280x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
41.9  fps
med. 1920x1080
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
25.4  fps
high 1920x1080
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
22  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
51.8 71.9 ~ 62 fps
110%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
44.3 91 ~ 68 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
47.4 51.6 ~ 50 fps
90%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
36 54 ~ 45 fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
30.6 35.1 ~ 33 fps
70%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
18 27 ~ 23 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
24.1 27.8 ~ 26 fps
81%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
21  fps
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
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
99.5  fps
54%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
53.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
64.4  fps
53%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
34  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
34.1 35.2 ~ 35 fps
50%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
17.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
19.6 fps 20.7 fps ~ 20 fps
120%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
24 fps  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
83.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
70  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
34.9 40.3 ~ 38 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
23.9 26.4 ~ 25 fps
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
38.3  fps
170%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
65.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
35.4  fps
165%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
58.3  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
34.5  fps
160%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
55.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
30.6  fps
95%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
29  fps
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
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
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
88.6 151.4 ~ 120 fps
138%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
155.3 159.4 183 ~ 166 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
75.3 141 ~ 108 fps
96%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
88.3 90.7 133 ~ 104 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
70.1 129.6 ~ 100 fps
71%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
21.9 72.6 73.5 117 ~ 71 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop):
40.1 44.2 ~ 42 fps
88%
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
22.2 22.4 67 ~ 37 fps
low 1024x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
289.8  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
149.5  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
114.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon RX 550 (Laptop):
51.2  fps

Average Gaming AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop) → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) → 103%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 109%

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