AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)

AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo)

The AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo) is an integrated graphics card in the low-end Carrizo APUs. At launch in mid 2015 the R6 was used in the AMD A10-8700P and A8-8600P with 384 GCN shaders and 720 resp. 800 MHz clock rate (Boost?). Depending on the configured TDP (ranging from 12 to 35 Watt) and used main memory (up to DDR3-2133 in dual channel mode supported) the performance can differ greatly. 

Architecture and Features

The Radeon R6 is using the third generation GCN architecture (sometimes also called GCN 1.2) similar to the desktop Tonga chip. Therefore, it offers DirectX 12 (FL 12_0) hardware support and advanced color compression that leads to 5-7% improvement in games. Furthermore, the shaders can be used with Mantle, OpenGL and OpenCL. HSA 1.0 is supported to easily run code on CPU and GPU cores together.

The improved video decoder UVD 6 (Unified Video Decoder) is now able to decode HVEC / H.265 in up 4K in hardware. Furthermore, the VCE (Video Codec Engine) was improved for faster transcodes of H.264.

More information on architecture and features of the Carrizo chips can be found in our launch article.


The gaming performance of the integrated R6 depends on the configured TDP (12 - 35 Watt) of the chip. The difference from a 15 Watt A8 to a 35 Watt A10 e.g. can be 49% (3DMark 11, see scores below). Demanding games like Evolve or Far Cry 4 will struggle to achieve fluent frame rates. However, less demanding games like Counter-Strike: GO may even run in high detail settings (see the Kaveri R7 GPU for benchmarks).

Power Consumption

Depending on the configured TDP the chip may be used in thin and light machines (12 - 20 Watt range) or normal sized laptops (35 Watt TDP).

Radeon R (Carrizo) Series
Radeon R7 (Carrizo) (compare) 512 @ 800 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
Radeon R6 (Carrizo) 384 @ 800 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
Radeon R5 (Carrizo) (compare) 256 @ 800 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
ArchitectureGCN 1.2/2.0
Pipelines384 - unified
Core Speed800 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit
Shared Memoryyes
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 12_0)
Transistor Count2410 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesUVD 6, VCE
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement04.06.2015
CPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
AMD A10-8700P4 x 1800 MHz, 12 - 35 W? MHz800 MHz
AMD Pro A10-8700B4 x 1800 MHz, 12 - 35 W? MHz800 MHz
AMD A8-8600P4 x 1600 MHz, 12-35 W? MHz720 MHz
AMD Pro A8-8600B4 x 1600 MHz, 12-35 W? MHz720 MHz
min. - max.? - ? MHz720 - 800 MHz


3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 42842     avg: 52057.5     median: 53702.5 (11%)     max: 57983 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 26331     avg: 33964.8     median: 35055 (5%)     max: 39418 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 3248     avg: 3863.6     median: 3524 (7%)     max: 4564 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 4033     avg: 5564.4     median: 4717 (3%)     max: 7296 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 666     avg: 844.7     median: 842 (3%)     max: 1100 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 764     avg: 913.3     median: 909 (2%)     max: 1068 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 37735     avg: 45682.3     median: 44503 (6%)     max: 54461 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 1297     avg: 1581.9     median: 1550 (5%)     max: 2359 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 1288     avg: 1451.5     median: 1437.5 (3%)     max: 1767 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
Ref. Match 64Bit +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 +
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 +
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 778     avg: 883     median: 918 (4%)     max: 953 Points
- 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 detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.



low 1280x720
26.8 (!)  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
25.5 (!)  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
10.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
8.5  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
12.3 15.1 ~ 14 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
7.5 8.9 ~ 8 fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
37.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
22.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
11.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
8.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.