AMD Radeon HD 8550M

AMD Radeon HD 8550M

The AMD Radeon HD 8550M is a DirectX 11.1 graphics card for small laptops. The core is clocked at 700 MHz, while the DDR3 graphics memory runs at 900 MHz. The 28nm Mars core uses the GCN architecture. Compared to the 8600M and 8700M series, the 8550M is different only in clock speed, memory bus configuration and memory type.

The performance of the Radeon HD 8550M is very similar to the Radeon HD 8570M or GeForce GT 630M. Current and demanding games like Far Cry 3 will run fluently only in low resolutions and detail settings.

The 384 shaders can be used with OpenCL 1.2 for general-purpose calculations (as 6 compute units). Compared to old TeraScale 2 chips, the GCN-based Mars architecture offers improved performance in this framework.

Features of the 8550M include video decoding via UVD3 for decoding MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Flash directly from the AMD GPU. Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos are now compatible as well.

The 8500M series also supports automatic graphics switching between the integrated GPU and discrete GPU. Called Enduro, the technology supersedes AMD's Dynamic Switchable Graphics and is similar to Nvidia's Optimus. Furthermore, the 8550M can directly support up to 2 connected monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features of the 8500M series include ZeroCore for reducing power consumption when the display is turned off and Power Gating to power down areas of the chip that are not used. PowerTune allows automatic overclocking and underclocking of the graphics card as long as the GPU is within its TDP limit. For example, the chip may be underclocked when running FurMark and OCCT, but will overclock in certain games like Lost Planet, Crysis or Resident Evil 5.

The integrated HD audio processor is able to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI and DisplayPort (e.g., for Blu-Ray videos). Additionally, it now allows audio to output simultaneously and in parallel to multiple devices with the new Discrete Digital Multipoint Audio (DDMA) feature.

The power consumption should be somewhat below that of the old HD 7650M. As a result, the 8550M is suited for 13-inch notebooks or larger.

ManufacturerAMD
Radeon HD 8500M Series

Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics

768 @ 720 / 650MHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000MHz

Radeon HD 8590M

384 @ 620MHz64 Bit @ 4500MHz

Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics

576 @ 720 / 650MHz64 Bit @ 1800MHz

Radeon HD 8570M

384 @ 650MHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000MHz
Radeon HD 8550M 384 @ 700MHz64 Bit @ 1800MHz
ArchitectureGCN
Pipelines384 - unified
Core Speed *700 MHz
Shader Speed *700 MHz
Memory Speed *1800 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11.1, Shader 5.0
technology28 nm
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement16.11.2012
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1242      avg: 1242 (10%)     median: 1242 (10%)     max: 1242 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1307      avg: 1307 (8%)     median: 1307 (8%)     max: 1307 points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 3705      avg: 3705 (10%)     median: 3705 (10%)     max: 3705 Points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 3858      avg: 3858 (9%)     median: 3858 (9%)     max: 3858 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 15962      avg: 15962 (11%)     median: 15962 (11%)     max: 15962 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 14.1      avg: 14.1 (9%)     median: 14.1 (9%)     max: 14.1 fps
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 (2012)
low:
15.4  fps      Compare
med.:
15.3  fps      Compare
high:
11  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
AssassinĀ“s Creed III
med.:
7.2  fps      Compare
high:
6.8  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Hitman: Absolution
low:
11.1  fps      Compare
med.:
9.4  fps      Compare
high:
8.8  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
low:
36.6  fps      Compare
med.:
28.6  fps      Compare
high:
15.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
low:
14.9  fps      Compare
med.:
13.4  fps      Compare
high:
9.3  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter
low:
28.1  fps      Compare
med.:
21.6  fps      Compare
high:
16.5  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Dishonored
Dishonored (2012)
low:
32  fps      Compare
med.:
29.4  fps      Compare
high:
26.7  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Fifa 13
Fifa 13 (2012)
low:
58.7  fps      Compare
med.:
43.5  fps      Compare
high:
41.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Borderlands 2
low:
25.4  fps      Compare
med.:
20.9  fps      Compare
high:
16.7  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 (2012)
low:
16.8  fps      Compare
high:
7.8  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Counter-Strike: GO
low:
38.7  fps      Compare
med.:
33.6  fps      Compare
high:
29.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Darksiders II
med.:
31.5  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Sleeping Dogs
low:
22.1  fps      Compare
med.:
15.5  fps      Compare
high:
13.5  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3 (2012)
low:
11.2  fps      Compare
med.:
10.5  fps      Compare
high:
10  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Dirt Showdown
low:
16.5  fps      Compare
med.:
11.5  fps      Compare
high:
10.4  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Diablo III
Diablo III (2012)
low:
59.5  fps      Compare
med.:
44.9  fps      Compare
high:
34.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Risen 2: Dark Waters
low:
10  fps      Compare
med.:
17  fps      Compare
high:
13.1  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Mass Effect 3
low:
30.2  fps      Compare
high:
23.6  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Alan Wake
Alan Wake (2012)
low:
20.6  fps      Compare
med.:
12.8  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Anno 2070
Anno 2070 (2011)
low:
56.4  fps      Compare
med.:
25.6  fps      Compare
high:
19.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
low:
20.9  fps      Compare
med.:
19  fps      Compare
high:
15.9  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
CoD: Modern Warfare 3
low:
44.6  fps      Compare
med.:
30.1  fps      Compare
high:
24  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.