AMD Radeon HD 8650M

AMD Radeon HD 8650M

The AMD Radeon HD 8650M is a DirectX 11.1 graphics card for laptops. Just like the 8500M and 8700M series, it is based on the Mars chip (28nm GCN architecture) with 384 shader cores, 24 TMUs, and 8 ROPs. The core is clocked at 650 MHz (700 MHz Boost) and can access a fast GDDR5 RAM (64 Bit, 4500 MHz).

The performance of the Radeon HD 8650M should be in range of the Radeon HD 8730M or GeForce GT 640M LE. Due to the fast GDDR5 memory, the 8650M should even beat the DDR3-equipped HD 8670M. 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 8650M 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 8600M 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 8670M can directly support up to 2 connected monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features of the 8600M 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 clearly below that of the old HD 7670M. As a result, the 8650M is suited for 13-inch notebooks or larger.

ManufacturerAMD
Radeon HD 8600M Series

Radeon HD 8690M

384 @ 775MHz64 Bit @ 4500MHz
Radeon HD 8650M 384 @ 650MHz64 Bit @ 4500MHz

Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics

768 @ 720 / 775MHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000MHz

Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics

640 @ 720 / 975MHz64 Bit @ 2000MHz

Radeon HD 8670M

384 @ 775MHz64 Bit @ 2000MHz
ArchitectureGCN
Pipelines384 - unified
Core Speed *650 MHz
Shader Speed *650 MHz
Memory Speed *4500 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11.1, Shader 5.0
Transistors900 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesPowerPlay 7.0, Zero Core, Enduro, PCIe 3.0
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement07.01.2013
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

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Radeon HD 6870
Radeon HD 5850
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Radeon HD 7770
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Class 2
GeForce GTS 450
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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 *

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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-12-30)