AMD Radeon HD 8690M

AMD Radeon HD 8690M

The AMD Radeon HD 8690M (sometimes known as the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 8690) 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 775 MHz (or up to 825 MHz with Boost) and can access GDDR5 VRAM (64 Bit, 1125 MHz).

The performance of the Radeon HD 8690M is similar to the GeForce GT 730M and GT 640M. Current and demanding games (as of 2013) like Far Cry 3 should run fluently in medium-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 8690M 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 8690M 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 in range of the old HD 7670M. As a result, the 8690M is suited for 13-inch notebooks or larger.

Radeon HD 8600M Series
Radeon HD 8690M 384 @ 775 MHz64 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8650M 384 @ 650 MHz64 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics 768 @ 720 / 775 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics 640 @ 720 / 975 MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
Radeon HD 8670M 384 @ 775 MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
Pipelines384 - unified
Core Speed *775 MHz
Memory Speed *4500 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
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.


Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit
min: 40.98      avg: 41 (27%)     median: 41 (27%)     max: 40.98 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
min: 1210      avg: 1210 (6%)     median: 1210 (6%)     max: 1210 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Score 1920x1080
min: 1151      avg: 1151 (8%)     median: 1151 (8%)     max: 1151 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 69892      avg: 69892 (9%)     median: 69892 (9%)     max: 69892 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 1790      avg: 1790 (10%)     median: 1790 (10%)     max: 1790 points
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
min: 37.36      avg: 37.4 (30%)     median: 37.4 (30%)     max: 37.36 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
min: 7043      avg: 7043 (48%)     median: 7043 (48%)     max: 7043 Points
- 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.



low 1024x768
101  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
52.3  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
35.6  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
18.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Metro: Last Light
low 1024x768
52.3  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
36  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
28.6  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
19.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Tomb Raider
low 1024x768
59.9  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
33.6  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
22.1  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
12.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

low 1024x768
28.5  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
15.4  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
10.3  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
6.5  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Diablo III
low 1024x768
70.3  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
50.6  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
40.1  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
29.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

low 1024x768
90.8  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
40.5  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
25.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
13.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..

For more games that might be playable and a list of all games and graphics cards visit our Gaming List

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Notebook reviews with AMD Radeon HD 8690M graphics card

Dell Latitude E6440: Intel Core i5 4300M, 14.0", 2.1 kg
  Review » Review Dell Latitude E6440 Notebook

  External Review » Dell Latitude E6440

Benchmarks provided by AMD - 7590M vs 8690M
Benchmarks provided by AMD - 7590M vs 8690M

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Class 1
GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 960
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
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
Radeon R9 M380 *
Radeon R7 M370
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 4850
Radeon R7 M380 *
Class 3
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GT 430
Radeon R7 M340
Radeon R5 M320 *
Radeon R5 M315 *
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Adreno 430
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Mali-T760 MP6
HD Graphics (Braswell) *
Adreno 418
Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
PowerVR GX6250
Chrome9HD *
Mali-T628 MP4
Adreno 405 *
Class 6
Mali-T760 MP2
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-01-17)