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AMD Radeon HD 8690M

AMD Radeon HD 8690M

The AMD Radeon HD 8690M (sometimes known as the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 8690) is a DirectX 11.1 graphics card for laptops. Just like the 8500M and 8700M series, it is based on the Mars chip (28nm GCN architecture) with 384 shader cores, 24 TMUs, and 8 ROPs. The core is clocked at 775 MHz (or up to 825 MHz with Boost) and can access GDDR5 VRAM (64 Bit, 1125 MHz).

The performance of the Radeon HD 8690M is similar to the GeForce GT 730M and GT 640M. Current and demanding games (as of 2013) like Far Cry 3 should run fluently in medium-low resolutions and detail settings.

The 384 shaders can be used with OpenCL 1.2 for general-purpose calculations (as 6 compute units). Compared to old TeraScale 2 chips, the GCN-based Mars architecture offers improved performance in this framework.

Features of the 8690M include video decoding via UVD3 for decoding MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Flash directly from the AMD GPU. Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos are now compatible as well.

The 8600M series also supports automatic graphics switching between the integrated GPU and discrete GPU. Called Enduro, the technology supersedes AMD's Dynamic Switchable Graphics and is similar to Nvidia's Optimus. Furthermore, the 8690M can directly support up to 2 connected monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features of the 8600M series include ZeroCore for reducing power consumption when the display is turned off and Power Gating to power down areas of the chip that are not used. PowerTune allows automatic overclocking and underclocking of the graphics card as long as the GPU is within its TDP limit. For example, the chip may be underclocked when running FurMark and OCCT, but will overclock in certain games like Lost Planet, Crysis or Resident Evil 5.

The integrated HD audio processor is able to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI and DisplayPort (e.g., for Blu-Ray videos). Additionally, it now allows audio to output simultaneously and in parallel to multiple devices with the new Discrete Digital Multipoint Audio (DDMA) feature.

The power consumption should be in range of the old HD 7670M. As a result, the 8690M is suited for 13-inch notebooks or larger.

Radeon HD 8600M Series

Radeon HD 8690M 384 @ 0.78 GHz64 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8650M compare 384 @ 0.65 GHz64 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics compare 768 @ 0.72 GHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics compare 640 @ 0.72 GHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
Radeon HD 8670M compare 384 @ 0.78 GHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
Pipelines384 - unified
Core Speed775 MHz
Memory Speed4500 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
APIDirectX 11.1, Shader 5.0
technology28 nm
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement16.11.2012


Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
0.6 pt (2%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 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.



low 1024x768
101  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
52.3  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
35.6  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
18.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
52.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
36  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
28.6  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
19.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1024x768
59.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
33.6  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
22.1  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
12.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

low 1024x768
28.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
15.4  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
10.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
6.5  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
70.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
50.6  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
40.1  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
29.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

low 1024x768
90.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
40.5  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
25.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
13.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
GRID 210152.335.618.9
Metro: Last Light52.33628.619.3
Tomb Raider59.933.622.112.5
Crysis 328.515.410.36.5
Diablo III70.350.640.129.1
Anno 207090.840.525.413.4
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< 120 fps
≥ 120 fps



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Benchmarks provided by AMD - 7590M vs 8690M
Benchmarks provided by AMD - 7590M vs 8690M
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