Review and testing of the AMD Radeon RX 540 video card : Test | Specs | CPU | Config

Review and testing of the AMD Radeon RX 540 video card: Test | Specs | CPU | Config – The Radeon RX 540 fully belongs to the new generation of graphics cards for notebooks, although it has modest specifications. At the heart of this model is the GPU from the Polaris family with all the advantages of this architecture, so the Radeon RX 540 is the most significant update to AMD ultra-budget notebook graphics cards in the past few years. An important advantage of the AMD Radeon RX 540 is a full 128-bit bus and fast GDDR5 memory with an effective frequency of 6000 MHz. This is a significant plus against the background of the GeForce MX150 with a 64-bit bus.

With regard to GPUs with low power consumption, the division into desktop and mobile chips is rather arbitrary, so we would not be surprised if the RX 540 also appears in the format of a PCI Express x16 expansion card for desktops. The novelty is based on an unnamed graphics chip with eight multiprocessor clusters and a 128-bit memory bus. The number of shader units is 512, texture units – 32 units, rendering units – 16 units. The GPU operates at a frequency of up to 1219 MHz, its “pure” performance reaches 1.2 teraflops. The description of the core of the Radeon RX 540 exactly repeats the parameters of the RX 550, and the boost frequency of the RX 540 is 36 MHz higher.

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The reason the Radeon RX 540 got its index is because of the lower frequency and, accordingly, the memory bandwidth. GDDR5 chips in RX 540 operate at nominal 1500 (6000) MHz, while in RX 550 – at 1750 (7000) MHz. The amount of buffer memory is 2 or 4 GB – depending on the specific model. The AMD Radeon RX 540 is likely to compete with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M.

Specifications

CPU
Polaris 12(Lexa PRO)
Technical process
14 n.m.
GPU frequency MHz
1124-1219 MHz
Stream Processors (Shading Units)
512
Texture Units (TMUs)
32
Raster Operations Pipelines (ROPs)
16
Memory type
GDDR5
Memory bus width
128 pages
Memory size
2 GB
Memory frequency
1500 (6000) MHz
Power consumption (TDP)
50 watts

Synthetic tests

3DMark

3DMark Fire Strike is a beautiful and popular application with DirectX 11 API support for testing computers with high-performance gaming graphics cards in the Windows environment. 3DMark Fire Strike results help you evaluate the comparative performance of a video card and its suitability for the most demanding PC games.

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3DMark – Fire Strike Graphics 1920×1080


AMD Radeon RX 540 (Acer Swift 3 SF315-41G)

3519

NVIDIA GeForce 150 MX 1D12 (Lenovo IdeaPad 530s )

2323

NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (Dell Inspiron 17 7778 )

1889

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (Acer Aspire F15 F5-573G )

3556

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G)

6167

AMD Radeon RX 560Х(Acer Nitro 5 AN515-42)

6282


Literally FPS stands for “Frame per second”, or frames per second. Accordingly, the larger this number, the smoother the picture will be on the display during the game. How much FPS is needed for a comfortable game? It is difficult to unequivocally answer this question, if only because in different game engines with the same number of frames per second, the image quality can be different. However, there is a widespread belief that 30 FPS will be enough for a smooth game.

The gaming performance of the Radeon RХ 540 video card is at the level of the opponent from the opposite camp Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M, so the Radeon 540 with high-tech games such as The Witcher 3 in 1080p resolution will cope only at low detail settings. Less demanding games like Overwatch will play freely with high graphics settings. Next, we tested the Radeon RX 540 in popular games at medium and low graphics settings with a display resolution of 1280×720 and 1920×1080 pixels, based on 60 frames per second (FPS).

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Less than 25FPS

Low frame rate

25-30FPS

Average Framerate

30 FPS and more

Comfortable frame rate


Display resolution: 1280×720 pixels. Graphics Settings: Low


60FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

55FPS91%

Far Cry New Dawn

40FPS66%

Battlefield V

63FPS100%

Anthem

25FPS41%

Display resolution: 1920×1080 pixels. Graphics Settings: Medium


60FPS

Fortnite

70FPS100%

The Witcher 3

29FPS48%

Call of Duty WWII

47FPS78%

Assassin´s Creed Origins

29FPS48%