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AMD Radeon RX 540: specs and benchmarks
- Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
- Core clock speed
- Max video memory 4096 MB
- Memory type GDDR5
- Memory clock speed 6000
- Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon RX 540
AMD started Radeon RX 540 sales 21 March 2017. This is Polaris architecture notebook card based on 14 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 4 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6 GHz are supplied, and together with 128 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 96 GB/s.
Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. 1x 6-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 65 Watt.
It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at
percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.
Of Radeon RX 540's architecture, market segment and release date.
|Place in performance rating||376|
|Value for money (0-100)||2.41|
|GPU code name||Polaris 12|
|Release date||21 March 2017 (4 years ago)|
|Price now||$166||of 12122 (Quadro GV100)|
Radeon RX 540's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon RX 540's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
|Pipelines / CUDA cores||512||of 10752 (GA102)|
|Boost clock speed||1219 MHz||of 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)|
|Number of transistors||1,500 million||of 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)|
|Manufacturing process technology||14 nm||of 5 (Apple M1 GPU)|
|Thermal design power (TDP)||65 Watt||of 900 (Tesla S2050)|
|Texture fill rate||39.01||of 779.2 (Radeon RX 6900 XTX)|
|Floating-point performance||1,248 gflops||of 2918.4 (GRID K340)|
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on Radeon RX 540'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 x16|
|Supplementary power connectors||1x 6-pin|
Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 540: 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.
|Maximum RAM amount||4 GB||of 80 (A100 SXM4 80 GB)|
|Memory bus width||128 Bit||of 6144 (GRID A100A)|
|Memory clock speed||6000 MHz||of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)|
|Memory bandwidth||96 GB/s||of 1024 (Radeon VII)|
Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon RX 540. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
APIs supported by Radeon RX 540, sometimes including their particular versions.
Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon RX 540. 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 RX 540 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:
This video card matches 84% minimum and 71% recommended requirements of all games known to us.
|Far Cry 5||19|
|Far Cry New Dawn||18|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||26|
|Far Cry 5||21|
|Far Cry New Dawn||17|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||19|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||11|
|Far Cry 5||17|
|Far Cry New Dawn||16|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||7|
Overall Radeon RX 540 performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.
We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX 540 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 770M, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our rating.
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