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Graphics maker hopes to gain more ground over NVIDIA

AMD followed up its earlier announcement of long awaited netbook Fusion CPUs with the official launch of its Radeon HD 6000 mobility series of GPUs.  AMD, who recently seized the discrete GPU sales crown from NVIDIA, hopes to advance in this market long dominated by its competitor, almost a year after its first release of DirectX 11 mobile GPUs

The Radeon HD 6000M series targets several tiers.  The 64xx M models will target the mid-range, the 65xx-66xx M will target the higher mid-range, and the 68xx-69xx M will find their way into expensive gaming/enthusiast laptops.

Much like many other players in the graphics and entertainment industry, AMD is touting the wonders of 3D technology, which it is offering in a mobile package for the first time.  AMD's HD3D will work with those goofy stereo television glasses.  AMD will be publishing APIs for use by advertisers, game designers, and whoever else wants to jump on the 3D bandwagon.

For those less interested in 3D, they may still be happy to know that AMD employs and exclusive acceleration technology for the popular DivX video, which NVIDIA does not provide.

AMD's second generation DirectX 11 mobile GPUs also provide architectural refinements over the previous 5000 M series and support EyeFinity, AMD's technology that can drive up to six separate displays, all from a laptop.


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Stats of new GPUs
By DanNeely on 1/4/2011 2:32:29 PM , Rating: 5
6900M: 960SP, 580-680 mhz, GDDR5
6800M: 800SP, 575-675 mhz, GDDR5
6700M: 480SP, 500-720 mhz, GDDR5 or DDR3
6600M: 480SP, 500-720 mhz, GDDR5 or DDR3
6500M: 400SP, 500-650 mhz, GDDR5 or DDR3
6400M: 160SP, 480-800 mhz, GDDR5 or DDR3
6300M: 80SP, 500-750 mhz, DDR3

All models use the VLIW5 architecture of the 2xxx-68xx series cards, not the new VLIW4 architecture of the 69xx cards.

I'm not sure what the difference between the 6700M and 6600M is. Both are listed on the same page, and nothing is called out as being different from one to the other.

The number of GPUs available with either DDR3 or GDDR5 and the wide range of clock speeds allowed is going to create confusion in the market, but is nothing new compared to prior generations from them and nVidia.




RE: Stats of new GPUs
By Hard Ball on 1/4/2011 2:50:19 PM , Rating: 3
Some of these have only minimal changes from the previous Mobility Radeons, like the 6300, 6500, and 6800 lines.

The others are respectively the Mobility versions of Caicos, Turks, and Barts; so they roughly correspond to the desktop versions of these.


RE: Stats of new GPUs
By DanNeely on 1/4/2011 3:28:28 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe. Are the 6800/6500 native 800/400SP parts, or 960/480SP parts with part of the chip disabled? The same could be asked of the 6300, but disabling half the chip seems rather unlikely; the other two are no larger than other historic binning activities.

Have actual specs for Turks of Caicos been leaked yet, or are you just assuming that the mobility parts are rough equivalents of the desktop ones? I think it's a likely assumption, but haven't seen anything about the lower end 6xxx desktop parts yet.


RE: Stats of new GPUs
By dakkon5 on 1/4/2011 3:57:52 PM , Rating: 3
6800M = Mobility HD5800
6500M = Mobility HD5600 (and HD5730)

You can tell by UVD version - newer chips, based od Barts/Turks/Caicos have UVD3 support, while older HD5xxx chips support only UVD2.


RE: Stats of new GPUs
By DanNeely on 1/5/2011 10:19:23 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks. I feel a bit embarrassed for not thinking to check stuff like that since I did something similar to figure out which shader architecture they were using.

If AMD isn't offering any cut down chip versions all they must be getting really good yields from TSMC.


RE: Stats of new GPUs
By darckhart on 1/4/2011 4:25:21 PM , Rating: 5
I move we delete that article and replace with it with DanNeely's comment.


RE: Stats of new GPUs
By vortmax2 on 1/5/2011 9:21:16 AM , Rating: 3
Second that...


RE: Stats of new GPUs
By NICOXIS on 1/5/2011 12:50:50 PM , Rating: 2
triple that......


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