AMD Radeon R5 Graphics Review: Is it Good? Is it Bad?

In this AMD Radeon R5 Graphics review, we take a closer look at the AMD R5 integrated graphics cards line up, we like provide you a deeper analysis.

Unlike NVidia, AMD GPUs can be confusing. For example, in the AMD R5 family, there are different types of integrated GPUs and discrete GPUs all under the same name. They were released in different years and are found in different APUs.

The R5 family

In this article, we discuss some of the graphics cards under the R5 family in an attempt to clear any confusion that you may be having. Read on and find out more.

Beema/Carrizo L

AMD Radeon R5 graphics FortniteThis is the oldest R5 graphics in this review. It is an integrated graphics cards solution found in some Carrizo L and Beema accelerated processing units (APUs). Moreover, they were released in April 2014. These iGPUs are based on the GCN architecture, they offer 128 shader processing units across 2 computing units.

Their core speed is clocked up to 850 MHz. As most integrated graphics cards are, the R5 does not have dedicated V-RAM and it has to access the installed system memory. Furthermore, the performance of these graphics cards is slightly above Intel HD Graphics 4200 or AMD HD 7470M.  It can be found in the AMD A8 APUs.

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Bristol Ridge

This is an iGPU solution released by AMD in June 2016 for its mid-range APUs that are based on Bristol Bridge architecture. These AMD Radeon R5 graphics cards are based on the third generation GCN (GCN 1.2). the GPU features 384 shaders. The 15-watt TDP APUs are clocked up to 750 MHz while the 35 watts variants have clock speeds of up to 800 MHz.

The performance of these chips depends on the laptop TDP and memory configurations. They can, however, run most 2015/16 titles at decent framerates at the lowest settings. It is found in the AMD A10 APUs.

Stoney Ridge

The other cards in this AMD Radeon R5 graphics review are the Stoney Ridge GPUs. these are iGPUs of the weaker dual-core APUs. They are based on the GCN 1.2 architecture just like the Bristol Bridge GPUs. they feature 384 shaders across 3 compute units instead of 6 in the Bristol Ridge. The cores have a maximum speed of 800 MHz. Power consumption depends on the model and the TDP (10-25 Watts). It is used in the AMD A9 APUs.

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These are integrated graphics found on some Kaveri based AMD APUs such as the A8-7200P. They are based on the GCN 1.1 architecture and they feature 256 shaders. Moreover, the clock speed depends on the APU model. The performance of the Kaveri APUs varies between models die to the difference in memory configurations and core clock speeds.


This is an integrated GPU for low-end APUs, such as the A6 series. It is based on the third generation GCN architecture. It features 256 shader units and clock speeds of up to 800 MHz.  The performance for most APUs is at par with the Intel HD 5500 graphics.


That is all for our AMD Radeon R5 graphics review. Hope you found it useful. If you have a question on the AMD or Nvidia naming system, please ask in the comments section and we will answer.

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