Over the second-half of this year, AMD has been gearing up to cascade their latest Radeon graphics architecture to successively cheaper and more mainstream products. Last month we saw the announcement of the mid-tier Radeon RX 5500 and RX 5500M series for desktop and mobile respectively. And now this morning the company is adding a third tier of Radeon mobile discrete graphics to their lineup, with the addition of the Radeon RX 5300M series.

Revealed alongside today’s 16-inch MacBook Pro announcement – with Apple once again getting their own exclusive Radeon Pro SKUs – the 5300M represents the further proliferation of AMD’s Radeon RDNA architecture. Based on AMD’s Navi 14 GPU, AMD is tapping their (currently) smallest Navi chip to offer a lower performing and presumably lower priced graphics adapter for laptop use.

AMD Radeon RX Series Mobile Specification Comparison
  AMD Radeon RX 5300M AMD Radeon RX 5500M AMD Radeon Vega Pro 20 AMD Radeon RX 560X
CUs 22 22 20 14/16
Texture Units 88 88 80 64
ROPs 32 32 32 16
Game Clock 1181MHz 1448MHz N/A N/A
Boost Clock 1445MHz 1645MHz 1300MHz 1275MHz
Throughput (FP32) 4.1 TFLOPs 4.6 TFLOPs 3.3 TFLOPs 2.6 TFLOPs
Memory Clock 14 Gbps GDDR6 14 Gbps GDDR6 1.5 Gbps HBM2 7 Gbps GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 96-bit 128-bit 1024-bit 128-bit
Typical Board Power ? 85W ? ?
Architecture RDNA (1) RDNA (1) Vega
(GCN 5)
GPU Navi 14 Navi 14 Vega 12 Polaris 11
Launch Date Q4 2019 Q4 2019 10/2018 04/2018

At a high level, the 5300M is a further cut down version of Navi 14. AMD has held the number of CUs constant at 22 (which was already a cut-down amount from a full chip), and instead they’ve cut the memory bus instead. By disabling one of the 4 memory partitions, the resulting chip ends up with a 96-bit GDDR6 memory bus, and a proportional drop in memory bandwidth. The end result is that the 5300M gets a maximum of 168GB/sec of memory bandwidth, down from 224GB/sec in 5500M. This also limits the card to 3GB of VRAM, further differentiating the 5300M from the 5500M, and lowering the total bill of materials costs for OEMs.

Otherwise, while the processing core of the GPU hasn’t been cut back further in terms of hardware, the 5300M does ship with noticeably lower clocks. The game clock for the new adapter is just 1181MHz, 267Mhz lower than on the 5500M. The net result is that, on paper, shading, texturing, compute, and ROP performance should all be around 82% of 5500M’s performance, not counting the hit from the reduced memory bandwidth.

Meanwhile, AMD unfortunately isn’t disclosing TDPs for the new mobile part. So it’s not clear how much lower (if at all) the power consumption of the 5300M is. The drop in clockspeeds as well as the narrower memory bus should help to reduce power consumption, however there’s a wildcard in how much AMD needs to bin for power for their mobile parts.

At any rate, like the Radeon RX 5500M series, the Radeon RX 5300M is officially launching this quarter. With Apple seemingly having first dibs on the Navi 14 silicon, expect to see it show up in other laptops soon.

Source: AMD

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  • casperes1996 - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - link

    On Apple’s website, it says the 5300M has 4GB of VRAM. There’s a discrepancy here, what gives?
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - link

    They are different SKUs. This is the Radeon RX 5300M. Apple has the Radeon Pro 5300M.
  • casperes1996 - Friday, November 15, 2019 - link

    Thanks, makes sense. Do we have information on the Pros then? Are they otherwise identical, aside from memory and presumably the Pro 5300M having the greater memory bus as well?
  • tmr3 - Saturday, November 16, 2019 - link

    On Apple's configurator, the Radeon Pro 5300M is stated as having 20 CUs, while the Radeon Pro 5500M is listed as having 24 CUs. The Radeon Pro models are entirely different SKUs.
  • R3MF - Saturday, November 16, 2019 - link

    looks like apple is also unique in getting a fully enabled 24CU 5500 sku.

    everyone else gets 22CU's.
  • tmr3 - Saturday, November 16, 2019 - link

    It should be noted that the 16" MacBook Pro isn't using either of the RX 5300M or RX 5500M SKUs in this article. The Radeon Pro 5300M and Radeon Pro 5500M have 20 and 24 CUs respectively, compared to the 22 CUs of both the Radeon RX 5300M and Radeon RX 5500M, among other differences such as memory bus width and configured VRAM capacity.

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