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AMD Radeon HD 6490M

AMD Radeon HD 6490M

The AMD Radeon HD 6490M (sometimes also still called ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6490) is a laptop graphics card for entry level to middle class notebooks. It is based on the Seymore-XT chip and therefore features the UVD 3 video decoder. Compared to the slower HD 6470M, the 6490M offers optional fast GDDR5 graphics memory. The GDDR5 versions are clocked with 700 ord 750MHz, the DDR3 version features a higher 800MHz core clock, but should be slower due to the slower graphics memory.

The 120 Stream processors should be still based on the "old" 5D architecture similar to the 5000 series. Therefore, the number of shaders is not comparable to the 1D cores of current Nvidia GPUs. The Tessellation performance should be improved (like the desktop 6800 series) with the new cards. The Stream processors can be used with DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, DirectCompute 11 and OpenCL. With the later two the cores can also be used for general computations like transcoding videos.

The performance  of the higher clocked GDDR5 version is about on a level of the Mobility Radeon HD 550v / GeForce GT 325M. Therefore, the card is positioned in the lower middle class and allows to play current games in medium detail and resolution settings. In our tests with a 15" MBP modern games like Starcraft 2 or Mafia 2 reached about 30fps in medium detail settings with a resolution of 1024x768. Less demanding and older games like Trackmania also ran in high details and resolution settings. Detailed benchmark results can be seen at the bottom of this page.

The new UVD3 video decoder supports the decoding of MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, Flash and now also Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos on the graphics card.

Furthermore, the HD 6400M series integrates a HD audio controller to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI and DisplayPort (e.g. for Blu-Ray videos).

The AMD HD3D Technology offers support for Blu-Ray 3D and 3D displays (integrated and external). However, the solution is not as mature as Nvidias 3D Vision.

Thanks to Eyefinity the graphics chip is able to theoretically drive up to 4 monitors simultaneously. However, this only works if the laptop features enough DisplayPort outputs.

The power consumption of the chip should be similar to the Mobility Radeon HD 5470 and therefore suited for 13" laptops and up.

ManufacturerAMD
Radeon HD 6400M Series
Radeon HD 6490M 160 @ 700 / 750 / 800 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Radeon HD 6470M (compare) 160 @ 700 / 750 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Radeon HD 6450M (compare) 160 @ 600 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Radeon HD 6430M (compare) 160 @ 480 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
CodenameSeymour XT
ArchitectureTerascale 2
Pipelines160 - unified
Core Speed700 / 750 / 800 MHz
Memory Speed800 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3/GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory512 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
technology40 nm
Date of Announcement06.01.2011
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/...

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
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3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
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3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 14458     avg: 14712     median: 14712 (271%)     max: 14966 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 8996     avg: 9512.3     median: 9676 (301%)     max: 9865 Points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
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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
min: 6.2     avg: 6.5     median: 6.5 (125%)     max: 6.6 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
min: 5.9     avg: 6.4     median: 6.5 (110%)     max: 6.6 points
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.

Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
54.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
22.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
low 800x600
173.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
80.4  fps    + Compare
high 1360x768
57.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Dirt 3

Dirt 3

2011
low 800x600
72.6 80.3 ~ 76 fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
21.6 37.3 ~ 29 fps    + Compare
high 1360x768
18.3 24.8 ~ 22 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 800x600
80 fps  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
45 fps  fps    + Compare
high 1360x768
32  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
16  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
high 1360x768
73  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 ~ 38 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
med. 1024x768
high 1360x768
ultra 1920x1080
12 12 ~ 12 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 1024x768
med. 1360x768
high 1360x768
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 800x600
36 36 ~ 36 fps    + Compare
med. 1360x768
21 21 ~ 21 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 1024x768
47.4 48.1 ~ 48 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
28.6 30.2 ~ 29 fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
18.5 20.8 ~ 20 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
13.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
59 59 ~ 59 fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
30 30 ~ 30 fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
17.4 18 18 ~ 18 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
9 9 ~ 9 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

2009
high 1360x768
32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 ~ 32 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
17.4 17.4 17.4 17.4 17.4 17.4 17.4 17.4 ~ 17 fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Colin McRae: DIRT 2

Colin McRae: DIRT 2

2009
low 800x600
68  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
44  fps    + Compare
high 1360x768
21.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
142.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
med. 1024x768
47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 ~ 47 fps    + Compare
high 1280x1024
21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 ~ 21 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

2008
low 800x600
39.1 39.1 ~ 39 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
high 1024x768
75 75 ~ 75 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
med. 1024x768
high 1024x768
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
med. 1024x768
high 1024x768
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

2004
high 1024x768
141 141 ~ 141 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.

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Notebook reviews with AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics card

Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 MC721LL/A: Intel Core i7-2635QM, 15.4", 2.5 kg
  Review » Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.0 GHz quad-core, glare-type screen)

Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 MC721LL/A - Non Glare: Intel Core i7-2635QM, 15.4", 2.4 kg
  Review » Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.0 GHz Quad-Core, Matte Screen)

HP ProBook 4730s-LH335EA/LH343EA: Intel Core i5-2410M, 17.3", 2.9 kg
  Review » Review HP ProBook 4730s-LH335EA/LH343EA Notebook

Samsung Series 7 700Z3A-S03DE: Intel Core i5-2430M, 14", 2 kg
  Review » Review Samsung Series 7 700Z3A-S03DE Notebook

Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 MC721LL/A: Intel Core i7-2635QM, 15.4", 2.5 kg
  External Review » Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 (MC721LL/A)

Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch 2011-02 MC721LL/A - Non Glare: Intel Core i7-2635QM, 15.4", 2.4 kg
  External Review » Apple MacBook Pro 15 Early 2011 (2.0 GHz Quad-Core, non-glare, MC721LL/A)

HP Pavilion dv6-6033sg: Intel Core i5-2410M, 15.6", 2.9 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv6-6033sg

HP Pavilion dv6-6051ea: Intel Core i5-2410M, 15.6", 2.9 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv6-6051ea

HP Pavilion dv6-6086eg: Intel Core i5-2410M, 15.6", 2.9 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv6-6086eg

HP Pavilion dv6-6099EL: Intel Core i7-2630QM, 15.6", 2.9 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv6-6099EL

HP Pavilion dv6-6103sa: AMD A6-3410MX, 15.6", 2.9 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv6-6103sa

HP Pavilion dv6-6116tx: Intel Core i3-2310M, 15.6", 2.5 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv6-6116tx

HP Pavilion dv6-6150er: Intel Core i5-2410M, 15.6", 2.9 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv6-6150er

HP Pavilion dv6-6160er: Intel Core i7-2630QM, 15.6", 2.9 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv6-6160er

HP Pavilion dv6-6b50er: Intel Core i3-2330M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv6-6b50er

HP Pavilion dv6-6b50sa: Intel Core i3-2330M, 15.6", 2.9 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv6-6b50sa

HP Pavilion dv7-6109sg: Intel Core i7-2630QM, 17.3", 3 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv7-6109sg

HP Pavilion dv7-6135dx: Intel Core i5-2410M, 17.3", 3 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv7-6135dx

HP Pavilion dv7-6185us: Intel Core i7-2630QM, 17.3", 3.4 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv7-6185us

HP Pavilion dv7-6b51ea: Intel Core i7-2670QM, 17.3", 3.4 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv7-6b51ea

HP ProBook 4431s: Intel Core i5-2410M, 14", 2 kg
  External Review » HP ProBook 4431s

HP ProBook 4530s-LH306EA: Intel Core i5-2410M, 15.6", 2.4 kg
  External Review » HP ProBook 4530s-LH306EA

HP ProBook 4730s-LH335EA/LH343EA: Intel Core i5-2410M, 17.3", 2.9 kg
  External Review » HP ProBook 4730s-LH335EA/LH343EA

Samsung 700Z3A-S01: Intel Core i5-2430M, 14", 2 kg
  External Review » Samsung 700Z3A-S01

Samsung 700Z3A-S02FR: Intel Core i5-2450M, 13.3", 2 kg
  External Review » Samsung 700Z3A-S02FR

Samsung 700Z5B-W01UB: Intel Core i7-2675QM, 15.6", 2.3 kg
  External Review » Samsung 700Z5B-W01UB

Samsung Series 7 700Z3A-S03DE: Intel Core i5-2430M, 14", 2 kg
  External Review » Samsung Series 7 700Z3A-S03DE

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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2017-09- 5)