AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)

AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)

The AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri) is an integrated DirectX 11.2 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 11.2 "Tier 2" 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 only 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 in A10-7850K

512 @ 720MHz

Radeon R7 in A10-7700K

384 @ 720MHz

Radeon R7 (Kaveri)

512 @ 553 - 686MHz64/128 Bit
Radeon R6 (Kaveri) 384 @ 533 - 654MHz64/128 Bit

Radeon R5 (Kaveri)

256 @ 514 - 626MHz64/128 Bit

Radeon R4 (Kaveri)

192 @ 533MHz64/128 Bit

Radeon R4 (Beema)

128 @ 800MHz64 Bit

Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)

128 @ 350 - 600MHz64 Bit

Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)

128 @ 350 - 600MHz64 Bit

Radeon R6 (Mullins)

128 @ 500MHz64 Bit

Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema)

128 @ 300 - 500MHz64 Bit
CodenameKaveri
ArchitectureGCN 1.1
Pipelines384 - unified
Core Speed *533 - 654 MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit
Shared Memoryyes
DirectXDirectX 11.2, 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.

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Ref. Match 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 98      avg: 98 (98%)     median: 98 (98%)     max: 98 Points
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 22.53      avg: 22.5 (19%)     median: 22.5 (19%)     max: 22.53 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
0% 100%
min: 48      avg: 48 (80%)     median: 48 (80%)     max: 48 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 85      avg: 85 (13%)     median: 85 (13%)     max: 85 fps
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 940      avg: 940 (8%)     median: 940 (8%)     max: 940 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 6523      avg: 6523 (8%)     median: 6523 (8%)     max: 6523 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 42872      avg: 42872 (6%)     median: 42872 (6%)     max: 42872 Points
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
0% 100%
min: 804      avg: 804 (14%)     median: 804 (14%)     max: 804 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1290      avg: 1290 (8%)     median: 1290 (8%)     max: 1290 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1363      avg: 1391.5 (11%)     median: 1391.5 (11%)     max: 1420 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 4022      avg: 4022 (9%)     median: 4022 (9%)     max: 4022 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 4283      avg: 4283 (11%)     median: 4283 (11%)     max: 4283 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 6712      avg: 6712 (22%)     median: 6712 (22%)     max: 6712 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 7661      avg: 7661 (21%)     median: 7661 (21%)     max: 7661 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 18332      avg: 18332 (12%)     median: 18332 (12%)     max: 18332 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 21.25      avg: 21.3 (19%)     median: 21.3 (19%)     max: 21.25 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 3868      avg: 3868 (32%)     median: 3868 (32%)     max: 3868 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.

GRID: Autosport
low 1024x768
70.1  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
30.7  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
11.8 18.8 ~ 15 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.
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
low 1024x768
42.2  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
24.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
BioShock Infinite
low 1280x720
45.9  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
26.2  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
22.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Tomb Raider
low 1024x768
51.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
26.9  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
19  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
24.8  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
15.5  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Hitman: Absolution
low 1024x768
18.6  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
low 1024x768
52.8  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
37.7  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
19.7  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Medal of Honor: Warfighter
low 1024x768
35  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
23.4  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
18.2  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Dishonored
low 1024x768
38.3  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
32.6  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
29.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
59.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
31.4  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
19.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
low 1280x720
32.4  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
27.1  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
18.4  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Batman: Arkham City
low 1024x768
47  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
40  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
20  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..

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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 HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema) *
Class 5
Adreno 420 *
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
Chrome9HD *
Class 6
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2014-05-26)