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AMD Radeon 520: specs and benchmarks
- Interface PCIe 3.0 x8
- Core clock speed 1030
- Max video memory 2048 MB
- Memory type DDR3, GDDR5
- Memory clock speed 2250
- Maximum resolution
AMD started Radeon 520 sales 21 March 2017. This is GCN 1.0 architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at office use. 2 GB of DDR3, GDDR5 memory clocked at 2.25 GHz are supplied, and together with 64 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 16 GB/s.
Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 3.0 x8 interface. Power consumption is at 50 Watt.
It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at
of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.
Of Radeon 520's architecture, market segment and release date.
|Place in performance rating||719|
|Value for money||3.54|
|GPU code name||Oland|
|Release date||21 March 2017 (4 years ago)|
|Price now||$140||of 12999 (Quadro GV100)|
Radeon 520's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon 520's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
|Pipelines / CUDA cores||320||of 15360 (Radeon RX 7900 XT)|
|Core clock speed||1030 MHz||of 2233 (Playstation 5 GPU)|
|Number of transistors||1,040 million||of 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)|
|Manufacturing process technology||28 nm||of 5 (Apple M1 GPU)|
|Thermal design power (TDP)||50 Watt||of 900 (Tesla S2050)|
|Texture fill rate||20.60||of 779.2 (Radeon RX 6900 XTX)|
|Floating-point performance||659.2 gflops||of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)|
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on Radeon 520's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.
|Interface||PCIe 3.0 x8|
|Supplementary power connectors||None|
Parameters of memory installed on Radeon 520: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
|Memory type||DDR3, GDDR5|
|Maximum RAM amount||2 GB||of 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)|
|Memory bus width||64 Bit||of 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)|
|Memory clock speed||2250 MHz||of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)|
|Memory bandwidth||16 GB/s||of 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)|
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon 520. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
|Display Connectors||1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA|
APIs supported by Radeon 520, sometimes including their particular versions.
Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon 520. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.
- 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
- 3DMark Fire Strike Score
- 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
- 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
- 3DMark Vantage Performance
- Unigine Heaven 3.0
- 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.
Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.
3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.
3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.
This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.
Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.
This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.
Let's see how good Radeon 520 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.
Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||10|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||6|
Overall Radeon 520 performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.
Radeon 520 is an entry level discrete notebook video card. With it you can play lighter games like Fortnite or Dota 2 in low resolutions and low to medium settings. Alas, heavier titles like The Witcher 3 or Kingdom Come: Deliverance won't run.
Video of Radeon 520 performance in popular games:
We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon 520 from NVIDIA is GeForce GT 740M, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 3 positions in our rating.
Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon 520:
Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.
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