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ATI Radeon HD 3200

ATI Radeon HD 3200

The AMD ATI Radeon (Mobility) HD 3200 is an onboard (shared Memory) graphics chip (on the RS780M chipset). It is based on the HD 2400 graphics core and features the UVD video engine to decode HD videos (Avivo HD).

Hybrid CrossfireX is a new feature of the chipset, that allowes to use the onboard HD 3200 graphics core in conjunction with a dedicated graphics card (of the Mobilty Radeon HD 3400 series) in Crossfire combination to increase the performance (similar to GeForceBoost / HybridSLI of Nvidia). Every frame is rendered by a different graphics core with this technique.

PowerXpress is used to save current if the HD 3200 is used with a dedicated graphics card of the HD 3000 series. The driver is able to dynamically switch between the onboard graphics (for low demanding tasks like office) and the dedicated graphics core for demanding tasks (e.g., games).

The UVD video engine is able to decode HD videos (MPEG-2, H.264, and VC-1) in all stages and allows the fluent playback of HD videos (e.g. Blu-ray) with a relative low CPU utilization (called Avivo HD). The HD 3200 was the first onboard graphics card that allows the fluent playback of Blu-ray videos. The UVD on the HD 3200 supports the decoding of one video stream only. A second stream (e.g. on Blue Rays with PIP feature) has to be done by the CPU.

The graphics core of the HD 3200 stems from the Mobility Radeon HD 2400 and is therefore DirectX 10 capable. Because of the missing graphics memory, the performance of the card is a bit lower than of the HD 2400. Theroretically, dedicated memory chips can be directly added to the chip, making it a dedicated graphics card. Because of pricing it is unclear if any manufacturer will add memory to the chip.

Still older games like Doom 3 or Quake 4 should be barly playable. Compared to older onboad graphic chips (e.g., GMA X3100), the HD 3200 is much faster. Even the Centrino 2 graphics core (GMA 4500M HD) is noticeable slower than the HD 3200.

Using Windows XP, the HD 3200 seems to have problems with current and older drivers, as there is no 2D accelleration. This leads to very slow interactions with windows and scrolling (especially with Firefox as reported in various discussion boards). More information on the topic can be found at Planet 3D Now (de) or the AMD forum

ManufacturerATI
Radeon HD 3000 Series
Radeon HD 3200 40 @ 500 MHz
Mobility Radeon HD 3400 (compare)
Radeon HD 3100 (compare) 40 @ 350 MHz
CodenameRS780M
ArchitectureRV6xx
Pipelines40 - unified
Core Speed500 MHz
Max. Amount of Memory512 MB
Shared Memoryyes
DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Transistor Count181 Million
technology55 nm
FeaturesAvivo HD, Hybrid Graphics Technology, PCI-E 2.0, Vari-Bright (adjust panel brightness automatically to save current), HDCP support, Display Cache (to save current when refreshing an idle screen)
Date of Announcement04.06.2008
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/us-en/0,,3715_15337_1...

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 3041     avg: 6838.3     median: 6020 (6%)     max: 10182 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 1697     avg: 2610.7     median: 2429 (1%)     max: 3739 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 1475     avg: 2324.4     median: 2429 (5%)     max: 3190 Points
3DMark 06 +
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
min: 3.1     avg: 3.3     median: 3.3 (41%)     max: 3.5 points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
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- 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 640x480
60.8  fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
11.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
3.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
high 1024x768
6.6  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
high 1024x768
4  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
high 1280x800
15  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

2005
low 640x480
90 94 148 175 ~ 127 fps    + Compare
med. 800x600
23 31 36 40 ~ 33 fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
6 8 8 9 ~ 8 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 800x600
58.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
18.3  fps    + Compare
high 1280x1024
5.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
43.2  fps    + Compare
med. 640x480
42.4  fps    + Compare
high 800x600
29.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1024x768
17.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
high 1024x768
109.1 139.5 165 169.3 ~ 146 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
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