AMD Radeon HD 7690M

AMD Radeon HD 7690M

The AMD Radeon HD 7690M is a fast middle-class graphics card for laptops introduced in 2011. It is at heart a renamed Radeon HD 6750M with a 100MHz increase in memory clock speed on models sporting DDR3 VRAM. Therefore, the GPU is still built in 40nm with DirectX11 support.

According to AMD, select DDR3 models are available based on the faster clocked Thames-XTX chip. The similarly named Radeon HD 7690M XT is based on the same architectural core as the 7690M, but offers higher clock speeds with GDDR5 memory. In essence, the XT variant is a renamed Radeon HD 6770M.

Current 7690M models are available as:
AMD Radeon HD 7690M, 725 MHz core, 900 MHz DDR3 -> 6750M
AMD Radeon HD 7690M, 600 MHz core, GDDR5 -> 6750M
AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT, 725 MHz core, GDDR5 -> 6770M

The integrated 480 Stream processors are still based on the 5D architecture found in the Radeon 5000 series. Therefore, the number of shaders is not directly comparable to the 1D cores of current Nvidia GPUs. General Tessellation performance of the Radeon HD 7690M card should be comparable to the desktop 6800 series. The Stream processors can be used with DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, DirectCompute 11 and OpenCL. The latter two features enable the AMD core to transcode videos and perform general computations.

The 3D performance of the HD 7690M is slightly better than the average GeForce GT 550M and is therefore positioned in the upper middle class as of 2011. Demanding games like Anno 2070 or Skyrim can only be played in medium detail settings and lower resolutions. Even more demanding games, such as Battlefield 3, may only run fluently in low detail settings. Older games like Call of Duty: Black Ops are playable with all settings maxed.

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 AMD graphics card.

Furthermore, the HD 7600M series integrates an 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). This solution, however, is not as mature as Nvidia's 3D Vision in terms of drivers and general software support.

Thanks to Eyefinity, the HD 7690M is able to theoretically drive up to 5 monitors simultaneously. Note that this would only work if the laptop features enough DisplayPort outputs to begin with.

The power consumption of the HD 7690M should be similar to the Mobility Radeon HD 6750M and is therefore usually found in 15-inch or larger notebooks with more powerful cooling solutions.

Radeon HD 7600M Series
Radeon HD 7690M XT compare 480 @ 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 3600 MHz
Radeon HD 7690M 480 @ 0.6 - 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 3600/1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics compare 862 @ 0.69 GHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics compare 736 @ 0.66 GHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics compare 736 @ 0.66 GHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7670M compare 480 @ 0.6 GHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7650M compare 480 @ 0.45 - 0.55 GHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7630M compare 480 @ 0.45 GHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7610M Dual Graphics compare 656 @ 0.66 GHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7610M compare 400 @ 0.45 GHz128 Bit @ 1600 MHz
CodenameThames XT / XTX
ArchitectureTerascale 2
Pipelines480 - unified
Core Speed600 - 725 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed3600/1800 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5/DDR3
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Transistor Count716 Million
technology40 nm
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement07.06.2011
Link to Manufacturer Page


3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings +
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
- 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.

Alan Wake

Alan Wake

low 1024x768
43  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
30  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
14  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 1280x720
45  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
38  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
28  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
15  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1024x768
154  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
68  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
42  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
29  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
F1 2011

F1 2011

low 800x600
90  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
55  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
37  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
15  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
270  fps    + Compare
med. 1360x768
52  fps    + Compare
high 1360x768
38  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
24.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 800x600
107  fps    + Compare
med. 1360x768
49  fps    + Compare
high 1600x900
25  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
8.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..

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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2017-09- 5)