AMD Radeon HD 6950M

AMD Radeon HD 6950M

The AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6950M (or sometimes called ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6950) is a high-end graphics card generally used for big and heavy laptops. It is based on the desktop HD 6850 graphics card and therefore features the new UVD3 video processor, increased Tessellation performance and Eyefinity+. The codename of this GPU is Blackcomb Pro and it should have similar power consumption as the GeForce GTX 470M. Compared to the faster HD 6970M, the 6950M's core is clocked slower by at least 100 MHz.

The 960 Stream processors should be still based on the "old" 5D architecture, similar to the 5000 series. Therefore, the number of shaders in the 6950M is not comparable to the 1D cores of current Nvidia GPUs. The Tessellation performance, however, should be improved (like the desktop 6800 series) with the new cards. The Stream processors can be used with DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, DirectCompute 11 and OpenCL. With the latter two, the cores of the 6950M can also be used for general computations like video transcoding.

The 3D performance is on par with the GeForce GTX 470M in the high end class of notebook graphic cards. For gamers, this means that the Radeon HD 6950M is able to fluently play most modern games (as of 2011) in high detail settings. Only Crysis and Metro 2033 will stutter in the highest detail settings at 1920x1080 resolution (see below).

The new UVD3 video decoder supports the decoding of MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, Flash and now also Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos on the graphics card.

Furthermore, the HD 6900M series integrates an HD audio controller to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI and DisplayPort (e.g., for Blu-Ray videos).

The AMD HD3D Technology offers support for Blu-Ray 3D and 3D displays (integrated and external). However, the solution is not as mature as Nvidia's 3D Vision.

Thanks to Eyefinity, the graphics chip is able to theoretically drive up to 6 monitors simultaneously provided that the notebook itself has enough video-out ports.

The power consumption of the 6950M should be similar to the Nvidia GeForce GTX470M and is therefore only suited for medium to large laptops with good cooling solutions.

ManufacturerAMD
Radeon HD 6900M Series

Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire

2240 @ 715MHz256 Bit @ 900MHz

Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire

1920 @ 680MHz256 Bit @ 900MHz

Radeon HD 6990M

1120 @ 715MHz256 Bit @ 900MHz

Radeon HD 6970M

960 @ 680MHz256 Bit @ 900MHz
Radeon HD 6950M 960 @ 580MHz256 Bit @ 900MHz
CodenameBlackcomb Pro
ArchitectureTerascale 2
Pipelines960 - unified
Core Speed *580 MHz
Shader Speed *580 MHz
Memory Speed *900 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Transistors1700 Million
technology40 nm
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement06.01.2011
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 2452      avg: 2452 (15%)     median: 2452 (15%)     max: 2452 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 2643      avg: 2643 (20%)     median: 2643 (20%)     max: 2643 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 9694      avg: 9694 (21%)     median: 9694 (21%)     max: 9694 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 10122      avg: 10122 (26%)     median: 10122 (26%)     max: 10122 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 13719      avg: 13719 (46%)     median: 13719 (46%)     max: 13719 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 18466      avg: 18466 (50%)     median: 18466 (50%)     max: 18466 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 49088      avg: 49088 (33%)     median: 49088 (33%)     max: 49088 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

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Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 760
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Radeon HD 6870
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7770
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
Radeon HD 6790
Radeon HD 5770
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Class 2
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GT 430
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon R5 (Beema) *
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema) *
Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
PowerVR G6400
Chrome9HD *
Class 6
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-01-16)