AMD Radeon 540X: specs and benchmarks

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Summary

AMD started Radeon 540X sales 12 August 2019. This is a GCN 4.0 architecture notebook card based on 14 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at office use. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6 GHz are supplied, and together with 64 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 112.0 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 3.68% of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

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General info

Some basic facts about Radeon 540X: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking668
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Value for money4.03
ArchitectureGCN 4.0 (2016−2020)
GPU code nameLexa
Market segmentLaptop
Release date12 August 2019 (4 years old)
Current price$421 of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)

Value for money

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Technical specs

Radeon 540X's specs such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon 540X's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores512of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Boost clock speed1219 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors2,200 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology14 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Power consumption (TDP)50 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate33.47of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)

Size and compatibility

Information on Radeon 540X'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 540X: 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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width64 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed6000 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth112.0 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon 540X. 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 DisplayPort
HDMI+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon 540X, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (12_0)
Shader Model6.4
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.0
Vulkan1.2.131

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon 540X. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. 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 540X 3.68

Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of 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: 25%

Radeon 540X 1424

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 540X 11545

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 540X 4097

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 made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

Radeon 540X 2779

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 540X 15167

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: 4%

Radeon 540X 30

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon 540X 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 across all PC games

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

Full HD20

Performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 9

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 12
Battlefield 5 26
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 22
Cyberpunk 2077 7−8
Far Cry 5 7−8
Far Cry New Dawn 16
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
Hitman 3 17
Horizon Zero Dawn 11
Red Dead Redemption 2 7−8
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 15
Watch Dogs: Legion 13

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 2−3
Battlefield 5 20
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9
Cyberpunk 2077 7−8
Far Cry 5 7−8
Far Cry New Dawn 15
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
Hitman 3 7
Horizon Zero Dawn 6−7
Metro Exodus 6
Red Dead Redemption 2 7−8
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 16
Watch Dogs: Legion 3−4

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6−7
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 2−3
Battlefield 5 18
Cyberpunk 2077 7−8
Far Cry 5 7−8
Far Cry New Dawn 14
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10
Watch Dogs: Legion 3−4

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 6−7
Hitman 3 7−8
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−11
Metro Exodus 2−3
Red Dead Redemption 2 2−3
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 7−8

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 1−2
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
Far Cry 5 6−7
Far Cry New Dawn 1−2
Forza Horizon 4 3−4
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 4−5

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3−4
Hitman 3 4−5
Horizon Zero Dawn 8−9
Red Dead Redemption 2 2−3
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 0−1

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2−3
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 1−2
Cyberpunk 2077 0−1
Far Cry 5 4−5
Far Cry New Dawn 6−7
Forza Horizon 4 1−2

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon 540X performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon 540X is GeForce GTX 660M, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our ranking.

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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

These processors are most commonly used with Radeon 540X according to our statistics.

User Ratings

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