AMD Radeon 520: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon 520
Radeon 520
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x8
  • Core clock speed 1030
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type DDR3, GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 2250
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2017
Performance 2.01

Summary

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

2.01%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

General info

Some basic facts about Radeon 520: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance rating765
Value for money3.16
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 (2012−2020)
GPU code nameOland
Market segmentLaptop
Release date21 March 2017 (5 years ago)
Current price$140 of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

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 cores320of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed1030 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors1,040 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)50 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate20.60of 959.6 (Radeon RX 7900 XTX)
Floating-point performance659.2 gflopsof 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.

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x8
Supplementary power connectorsNone

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon 520: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeDDR3, GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width64 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed2250 MHzof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Memory bandwidth16 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

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 graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display Connectors1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA
HDMI+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon 520, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12.0
Shader Model5.0
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon 520. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

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.

Radeon 520 2.01
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0

Passmark

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.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

Radeon 520 787

3DMark Vantage Performance

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

Radeon 520 5266

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

Radeon 520 2017

3DMark Cloud Gate 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.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

Radeon 520 8413

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

Radeon 520 1233

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

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.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

Radeon 520 1319

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

Radeon 520 6311

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

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.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

Radeon 520 77543

Unigine Heaven 3.0

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.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

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Game benchmarks

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.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD15

Popular games

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2−3
Battlefield 5 2−3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−11
Forza Horizon 4 2−3
Red Dead Redemption 2 3−4
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 3−4
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2−3
Battlefield 5 2−3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−11
Forza Horizon 4 2−3
Metro Exodus 1−2
Red Dead Redemption 2 3−4
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 3−4
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2−3
Battlefield 5 2−3
Forza Horizon 4 2−3
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 6
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5−6
Horizon Zero Dawn 1−2
Metro Exodus 2−3
Red Dead Redemption 2 1−2
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 4−5
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2−3
Far Cry 5 0−1
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2−3
Hitman 3 1−2
Horizon Zero Dawn 3−4
Red Dead Redemption 2 1−2
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 1−2
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 0−1
Cyberpunk 2077 0−1
Far Cry 5 2−3
Far Cry New Dawn 4−5
Forza Horizon 4 0−1
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon 520 performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


Conclusion

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:

NVIDIA equivalent

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 2 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended processors

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