AMD Radeon 540X: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon 540X
Radeon 540X
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x8
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 6000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2019
Performance 4.61

Summary

AMD started Radeon 540X sales 12 August 2019. This is 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

4.61%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon 540X's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating597
Value for money3.35
ArchitectureGCN 4.0 (2016−2020)
GPU code nameLexa
Market segmentLaptop
Release date12 August 2019 (3 years ago)
Current price$421 of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon 540X's general performance parameters 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 18432 (AD102)
Boost clock speed1219 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors2,200 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology14 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)50 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate33.47of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

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 don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width64 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed6000 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth112.0 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
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 video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

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

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon 540X. 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 540X 4.61
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 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 540X 1358

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 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

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

Radeon 540X 2435

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: 13%

Radeon 540X 2779

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 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

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

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Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 12
Battlefield 5 26
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 22
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
Far Cry 5 5−6
Far Cry New Dawn 16
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
Hitman 3 17
Horizon Zero Dawn 11
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 15
Watch Dogs: Legion 13
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 20
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
Far Cry 5 5−6
Far Cry New Dawn 15
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
Hitman 3 7
Horizon Zero Dawn 5−6
Metro Exodus 6
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 16
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 18
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
Far Cry 5 5−6
Far Cry New Dawn 14
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5−6
Hitman 3 5−6
Horizon Zero Dawn 5−6
Metro Exodus 5−6
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 5−6
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 5−6
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
Far Cry 5 5−6
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5−6
Hitman 3 5−6
Horizon Zero Dawn 5−6
Metro Exodus 5−6
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 5−6
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 5−6
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
Far Cry 5 5−6
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6

Relative perfomance

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


NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon 540X from NVIDIA is GeForce GT 750M, which is slower by 3% and lower by 9 positions in our rating.

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