AMD Radeon HD 7290 vs AMD Radeon HD 6310

AMD Radeon HD 7290

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The AMD Radeon HD 7290 (or sometimes also called ATI Mobility Radeon HD 7290) is an integrated graphics card in some Ontario netbook processors (e.g., C-70). Technically the 7290 is just a renamed Radeon HD 6290 and therefore also based on the same graphics core as the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 but without any dedicated memory. Furthermore, it features the newer UVD3 video processor. Compared to the slower HD 6250, the 7290 / 6290 features Turbo Core to overclock automatically to 400MHz.

The 3D performance of the HD 7290 is located in the low end above the integrated chipset graphics card of the 880M chipset (e.g. Radeon HD 4250). Due to the slow processor, the gaming is however very restricted. Only very old and low demanding games run fluent in low-medium detail settings (e.g. Half Life 2). Even non demanding games like Trackmania Nations Forever can only be played in low details. However, compared to the integrated graphics card in Atom processors (GMA 3150), the HD 7290 clearly wins.

The new UVD3 video decoder allows the decoding of HD videos using the graphics card. It allows the parallel decoding of two MPEG2, H.264 and VC-1 streams and therefore compatible to BD-Live. Furthermore, the new UVD3 also supports DivX, Xvid and MPEG4 Part 2 decoding. Blu-Ray 3D via MCV (Multiview Video Coding) of the UVD3 is not supported due to the low processing power.

The power consumption of the HD 7290 is quite low as it is directly integrated in the processor. The whole processor containing northbridge parts, a memory controller and the GPU is specified with 9 Watt TDP.

AMD Radeon HD 6310

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The AMD Radeon HD 6310 (or perhaps also called ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6310) is an integrated graphics card in the Zacate netbook processor. It is based on the same graphics core as the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 but without any dedicated memory. Furthermore, it features the newer UVD3 video processor.

The 3D performance of the HD 6310 should be beneath a HD 4330 due to the missing dedicated graphics memory (shared memory only). Gaming performance should therefore be similar to a Nvidia ION or Intel HD Graphics graphics card. In our tests the 6310 was only able to run low end games like Fifa 11, Sims 3 and Star Craft 2 single player in lowest detail settings fluently. More demanding games like Risen or Call of Duty series were not playable.

Other tests by techreport.comAnandtech.comHothardware.comLegitReviews.com, and PCPer.com on a Zacate prototype showed the following gaming performance:

running fluently

  • Call of Duty 4 - medium details (800x600 low - 61fps)
  • Quake Wars: 1024 Normal Quality: 20.4fps - in lower quality settings it should run fluently
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - 1366x768 medium details playable

playable with stuttering

  • Alien Swarm - 1366x768 low-medium: 15-30fps - playable
  • Call of Duty 6 MW2 - 1024 low 28fps - barely playable?
  • Dragon Age: Origins: 1024x768 low - 22fps - stuttering
  • StarCraft 2: 1366 low - 35fps - playable (no big battles)
  • Dirt 2 - 1366x768 low - 20fps - barely playable

not playable

  • Bioshock 2 - 1024 low - 23 fps
  • Civilization V Benchmark: 1366 low - GPU:7.8fps, CPU:25.4fps
  • Far Cry 2 - lowest Details in 1366x768 nur 16.6 fps
  • Just Cause 2 Demo - 800x600 low 18-20fps

Detailed gaming tests by us can be found further down on this page.

The new UVD3 video decoder allows the decoding of HD videos using the graphics card. It allows the parallel decoding of two MPEG2, H.264 and VC-1 streams and therefore compatible to BD-Live. Furthermore, the new UVD3 also supports DivX, Xvid and MPEG4 Part 2 decoding. Blu-Ray 3D via MCV (Multiview Video Coding) is theoretically supported by the UVD3 but wasn't available in the first laptops and platforms (no hardware accelleration and no HDMI 1.4 output).

AMD Radeon HD 7290AMD Radeon HD 6310
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Brazos Series
Radeon HD 7340 (compare) 80 @ 523 - 680 (Boost) MHz
Radeon HD 6320 (compare) 80 @ 500 - 600 (Boost) MHz
Radeon HD 7310 (compare) 80 @ 500 MHz
Radeon HD 6310 80 @ 500 MHz
Radeon HD 7290 80 @ 280 - 400 (Boost) MHz
Radeon HD 6290 (compare) 80 @ 280 - 400 (Boost) MHz
Radeon HD 6250 (compare) 80 @ 280 MHz
Radeon HD 7340 (compare) 80 @ 523 - 680 (Boost) MHz
Radeon HD 6320 (compare) 80 @ 500 - 600 (Boost) MHz
Radeon HD 7310 (compare) 80 @ 500 MHz
Radeon HD 6310 80 @ 500 MHz
Radeon HD 7290 80 @ 280 - 400 (Boost) MHz
Radeon HD 6290 (compare) 80 @ 280 - 400 (Boost) MHz
Radeon HD 6250 (compare) 80 @ 280 MHz
CodenameZacateZacate
ArchitectureTerascale 2Terascale 2
80 - 80 -
Core280 - 400 (Boost) MHz500 MHz
yesyes
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Technology40 nm40 nm
FeaturesDirectX 11, UVD3, Turbo Core 400MHz
Introduced01.07.2011 16.11.2010
Manufacturerhttp://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/...

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
226 points (1%)
min: 252     avg: 272.2     median: 275 (1%)     max: 286 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
206 points (0%)
min: 249     avg: 251.8     median: 251 (0%)     max: 257 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 7290
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 6310
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 7290
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 6310
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 7380     avg: 8277.1     median: 8348 (9%)     max: 8824 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 5339     avg: 5669.9     median: 5719 (3%)     max: 5782 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 3299     avg: 3593.3     median: 3588 (7%)     max: 3765 Points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 7290
+ AMD Radeon HD 6310
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
1.2 fps (1%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
5.6 points (81%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
4.2 points (59%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + AMD Radeon HD 7290
Shading 32Bit + AMD Radeon HD 6310
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon HD 7290
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon HD 6310
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
188 Points (1%)

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 7290 → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 6310 → 118%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Fifa 13

Fifa 13

2012
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 7290:
4.6  fps
Radeon HD 7290:
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Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 7290:
17.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 7290:
6.5  fps
Radeon HD 7290:
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low 1280x720
100%
Radeon HD 7290:
8.7  fps
Radeon HD 7290:
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Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6310:
46 55.2 ~ 51 fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6310:
11.8 fps 12 12.3 ~ 12 fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6310:
32 33.7 44.9 ~ 37 fps
med. 1360x768
Radeon HD 6310:
11.9 17 17.5 ~ 15 fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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low 800x600
Radeon HD 6310:
28 28.9 fps 29 ~ 29 fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6310:
12.1 12.6 fps 13 ~ 13 fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6310:
20.1  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 6310:
11.4  fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

2009
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6310:
17.7  fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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Colin McRae: DIRT 2

Colin McRae: DIRT 2

2009
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6310:
18.9 19.8 ~ 19 fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6310:
37.4 37.4 37.4 37.4 37.4 37.4 41.1 ~ 38 fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6310:
94  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6310:
36  fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
low 640x480
Radeon HD 6310:
34.8  fps
high 1024x768
Radeon HD 6310:
20.9  fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
low 640x480
Radeon HD 6310:
18.8  fps
high 1024x768
Radeon HD 6310:
10.1  fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

2007
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6310:
24 24.8 ~ 24 fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6310:
25 25.3 ~ 25 fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6310:
14.6  fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 6310:
29 29.2 ~ 29 fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6310:
13.7  fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
low 800x600
Radeon HD 6310:
31  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 6310:
8  fps
Radeon HD 6310:
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