ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650

The AMD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 is a middle class DirectX 11 graphics card for laptops. Its based on the Madison (LE, LP or Pro) chip and is produced in 40nm. Like its predecessor, the Mobility Radeon 4650, the HD 5650 features a 128 Bit memory bus for dedicated DDR3 and GDDR3 memory chips. GDDR5 is  not supported on the HD 5650 (only in the higher clocked versions like the 5750 or 5770 cards based on the same chip).

In our benchmarks with the HD 5650, the GPU is performing on a level with the previous Mobility Radeon HD 4670 or the Nvidia GeForce GTS 250M (with DDR3 graphics memory). This means the performance is sufficient for high details in nearly all DirectX 10 games (only Crysis and GTA4 are not fluently playable in high details - see gaming list below). Upcoming and current DirectX 11 games (like DIRT2) may not run in full detail settings. That means some of the new DirectX 11 features (Tesselation e.g.) may not run fluently on this gaming graphics adapter. Currently the HD 5650 is a good gaming pick for well priced laptops with a 15 inch screen and a resolution of about 1366x768.

The Mobility HD 5650 supports Avivo HD to accelerate HD videos using the graphics card. The improved UVD2 processor in the DirectX11 models of the Radeon HD 5000 series is able to decode up to two streams in parallel (if the card offers enough memory bandwidth). It is not clear if the HD 5650 using (G)DDR3 offers enough bandwidth for this task. 

Another novelty of the HD 5650 is the possibility to transport HD Audio formats (8-channel Dolby True HD, DTS Master) over the HDMI port.

Thanks to Eyevision, up to 6 monitors can be used with the HD 5650 in 3D and 2D applications (if the laptop features DisplayPort outputs). In most laptops this is not the case, and therefore only 2 monitors are supported at a time.

The power consumption should be (due to the modern 40nm process in 2009) relatively low and according to rumors about 10-15 Watt.

Compared to desktop graphics cards, the Mobilty 5650 is similar to a ATI Radeon 5570 with lower core clock speeds and slower memory speeds (the desktop 5570 is similar to the Mobility 5770).

Mobility Radeon HD 5600/5700 Series
Mobility Radeon HD 5770 (compare) 400 @ 650 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Mobility Radeon HD 5750 (compare) 400 @ 550 MHz128 Bit @ 1600 MHz
Mobility Radeon HD 5730 (compare) 400 @ 650 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Mobility Radeon HD 5650 400 @ 450 - 650 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
CodenameMadison Pro
ArchitectureTerascale 2
Pipelines400 - unified
Core Speed450 - 650 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed800 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3, DDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Transistor Count627 Million
technology40 nm
FeaturesEyfinity (up to 6 monitors), Avivo HD (UVD2), 8-channel HD Audio over HDMI
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement07.01.2010
Link to Manufacturer Page


3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 886     avg: 955     median: 955 (3%)     max: 1024 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 789     avg: 855.5     median: 855 (2%)     max: 922 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 20401     avg: 26265.7     median: 26832 (28%)     max: 28575 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 18106     avg: 19967.8     median: 20076 (10%)     max: 21342 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 9778     avg: 12418.1     median: 12392 (23%)     max: 13911 Points
3DMark 06 +
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 9     avg: 10.1     median: 10 (4%)     max: 10 fps
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 +
Tcvis 1920x1080 +
SolidWorks 1920x1080 +
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 +
Maya 1920x1080 +
Lightwave 1920x1080 +
Ensight 1920x1080 +
Catia 1920x1080 +
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
6.7 points (96%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
6.7 points (96%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 1024x768
106  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
44.4  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
34  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
19.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

low 1024x768
38.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
21.8  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
13.6  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
4.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
med. 1366x768
23.4  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
20.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
5.1  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
28.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
24.6  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
10.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
4.6  fps    + Compare