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AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)

AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)

The AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri) is an integrated DirectX 12 graphics card found on a number of AMD Kaveri APUs. The GPU offers 384 shaders and 6 compute cores (128 shaders / 2 compute cores deactivated) and can be found, for example, in the A10-7400P. The maximum core clock and memory speeds of the GPU depend on the overarching APU: While the ULV models are limited to DDR3-1600, the standard voltage models can support up to DDR3-1866.

Architecture and Features

Thanks to the new GCN 1.1 architecture, the Kaveri GPUs are significantly more efficient with higher performance compared to its VLIW-based predecessors Richland and Trinity. The graphics card can now handle both DirectX 12 (FL 12_0) and the AMD Mantle API. The GPU is also able to accelerate various applications like Adobe Photoshop by utilizing OpenCL.

The revised video engine of Kaveri includes UVD 4.2 (Unified Video Decoder) and VCE 2.0 (Video Codec Engine). H.264 codec support has been slightly improved in several areas. However, H.265 is still not fully supported in hardware.

Performance

Due to significant differences in core clock speed and memory support between various Radeon R6 models, the performance can vary greatly between different APUs. While the fastest GPU version in the A10-7400P can compete with a dedicated GeForce GT 730M, the slower version in the A10-7300 hardly performs at the level of a GeForce GT 720M. Accordingly, games of 2014 can be played fluently in low to medium settings at 1024 x 768 or 1366 x 768 pixels.

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the entire Kaveri APU is rated at 19 Watts and 35 Watts for ULV and standard voltage models, respectively. Thus, the 28 nm chip is suited for smaller or medium sized (sub-)notebooks.

ManufacturerAMD
Radeon R Series
Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop) 512 @ 720 MHz
Radeon R7 (Carrizo) 512 @ 800 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
Radeon R7 384 Cores (Kaveri Desktop) 384 @ 720 MHz
Radeon R7 (Kaveri) 512 @ 553 - 686 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge) 384 @ 800 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
Radeon R6 (Carrizo) 384 @ 800 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
Radeon R6 (Kaveri) 384 @ 533 - 654 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
Radeon R5 (Carrizo) 256 @ 800 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
Radeon R5 (Kaveri) 256 @ 514 - 626 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
Radeon R4 (Kaveri) 192 @ 533 MHz64/128 Bit
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L) 128 @ 850 (Boost) MHz64 Bit
Radeon R4 (Beema) 128 @ 800 MHz64 Bit
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema) 128 @ 350 - 686 (Boost) MHz64 Bit
Radeon R6 (Mullins) 128 @ 500 MHz64 Bit
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema) 128 @ 300 - 500 (Boost) MHz64 Bit
CodenameKaveri
ArchitectureGCN 1.1
Pipelines384 - unified
Core Speed *533 - 654 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit
Shared Memoryyes
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 12_0), Shader 5.0
Transistors2410 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesUVD 4.2, VCE 2.0
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement04.06.2014
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.
CPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
AMD A10-7400P4 x 2500 MHz, 35 W576 MHz654 MHz
AMD A10 Pro-7350B4 x 2100 MHz, 19 W? MHz553 MHz
AMD A10-73004 x 1900 MHz, 19 W? MHz533 MHz
min. - max.576 - ? MHz533 - 654 MHz

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15
Ref. Match 64Bit +
OpenGL 64Bit +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 +
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 +
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
0%
100%
min: 555     avg: 759 (2%)     median: 770.5 (2%)     max: 940 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
0%
100%
min: 511     avg: 694.8 (3%)     median: 707.5 (3%)     max: 853 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0%
100%
min: 3989     avg: 5296 (3%)     median: 5336 (3%)     max: 6523 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
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100%
min: 2822     avg: 3373.3 (10%)     median: 3442 (10%)     max: 3787 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0%
100%
min: 33037     avg: 39582.8 (5%)     median: 41211 (5%)     max: 42872 Points
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0%
100%
min: 8.2     avg: 8.2 (7%)     median: 8.2 (7%)     max: 8.2 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0%
100%
min: 10.6     avg: 10.6 (4%)     median: 10.6 (4%)     max: 10.6 fps
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
0%
100%
min: 749     avg: 776.5 (5%)     median: 776.5 (5%)     max: 804 Points
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
0%
100%
min: 108     avg: 135.5 (3%)     median: 135.5 (3%)     max: 163 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
0%
100%
min: 225     avg: 257.5 (3%)     median: 257.5 (3%)     max: 290 Samples/s
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0%
100%
min: 987     avg: 1161.3 (2%)     median: 1184 (2%)     max: 1290 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
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100%
min: 1034     avg: 1262.2 (5%)     median: 1306 (5%)     max: 1420 points
3DMark Vantage
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
P Result 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0%
100%
min: 7324     avg: 7492.5 (16%)     median: 7492.5 (16%)     max: 7661 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0%
100%
min: 12557     avg: 15444.5 (9%)     median: 15444.5 (9%)     max: 18332 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
- 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.

Fifa 15

Fifa 15

2014
low 1280x720
26.7  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
18.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
8.2  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
89.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
26.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
12.6  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
10.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
GRID: Autosport
low 1024x768
70.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
30.7  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
17  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Watch Dogs
low 1024x768
17.5  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
low 1280x720
29.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1280x720
29.1  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
9.8 11.8 12.5 18.8 ~ 13 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
3.7 9 ~ 6 fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
3.2 6.9 ~ 5 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
3.6  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
X-Plane 10.25
low 1024x768
28.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
11.8  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
5.1  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
low 1024x768
26.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
22.3  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Batman: Arkham Origins
low 1024x768
30  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
17  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
11  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
F1 2013

F1 2013

2013
low 1024x768
35  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
25  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
23  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
13  fps    + Compare