RX 540 vs RX Vega 5

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.40
 
1.42
Architecture
Polaris
 
Vega
GPU code name
Polaris 12
 
Vega
Market segment
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
21 March 2017 (4 years ago)
 
7 January 2020 (1 year ago)
Price now
$166
 
$287

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
512
 
320
Boost clock speed
1219 MHz
 
1400 MHz
Number of transistors
1,500 million
 
no data
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
7 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
65 Watt
 
no data
Texture fill rate
39.01
 
no data
Floating-point performance
1,248 gflops
 
no data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 540 and Radeon RX Vega 5 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.

Laptop size
large
 
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Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
no data
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
no data

Memory

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

Memory type
GDDR5
 
no data
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
no data
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
no data
Memory clock speed
6000 MHz
 
no data
Memory bandwidth
96 GB/s
 
no data
Shared memory
-
 
-

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

FreeSync
+
 
-

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12.0
 
DirectX 12_1
Shader Model
5.0
 
no data
OpenGL
4.6
 
no data
OpenCL
1.2
 
no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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.

RX 540 10.34
RX Vega 5 10.58 +2.3%

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.

RX 540 24170 +32.2%
RX Vega 5 18282

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RX 540 3059 +37.1%
RX Vega 5 2232

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.

RX 540 3686 +51.2%
RX Vega 5 2438

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.

RX 540 4646 +31.4%
RX Vega 5 3535

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.

RX 540 13720 +17.2%
RX Vega 5 11704

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.

RX 540 31 +19.2%
RX Vega 5 26

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.

RX 540 138197 +7.4%
RX Vega 5 128628

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Both graphics cards satisfy the 84% minimum and 71% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
84%
Recommended
71%
Minimum
84%
Recommended
71%

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

 
RX 540
RX Vega 5
1080p
 
24 +4.3%
23 −4.3%

1920x1080
Medium Settings

Battlefield 5
 
31 +40.9%
 
22 −40.9%
Far Cry 5
 
19 +26.7%
 
15 −26.7%
Far Cry New Dawn
 
18
 
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
26 +85.7%
 
14 −85.7%

1920x1080
High Settings

Battlefield 5
 
29 +61.1%
 
18 −61.1%
Far Cry 5
 
21 +75%
 
12 −75%
Far Cry New Dawn
 
17
 
no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
19 +58.3%
 
12 −58.3%

1920x1080
Ultra Settings

Battlefield 5
 
21 +31.3%
 
16 −31.3%
Far Cry 5
 
17
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
16
 
no data

Competitors of Radeon RX 540 from NVIDIA

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 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon RX 540:

Competitors of Radeon RX Vega 5 from NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX Vega 5 from NVIDIA is GeForce GT 750M SLI, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon RX Vega 5:

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 540

Cheaper ($166 vs $287)

More pipelines (512 vs 320)

AMD FreeSync

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX Vega 5

2.3% higher performance in benchmarks

Much newer (7 January 2020 vs 21 March 2017)

Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 14 nm)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon RX 540 and AMD Radeon RX Vega 5. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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