AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics vs AMD Radeon HD 7550M

AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics

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The AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics is the combination of a integrated AMD Radeon HD 7500G APU processor graphics card and a dedicated entry level AMD Radeon HD 7550M graphics card in CrossFire combination. It is called AMD Dual Graphics or asymmetric CrossFire and uses AFR (Alternate Frame Rendering) to render different frames on the two graphic cores. Therefore the combination also suffers from micro stuttering (different spaces between two images lead to stuttering altough the framerate is high enough for fluent gaming with only one GPU).

The performance of the Dual Graphics solution depends greatly on the driver support for the used games. In some games the performance may even degrade by 10-15% compared to using only the APU graphics card. In our tests the CrossFire combination was at best about 5-10% faster than the single 7550M. Therefore, due to the micro stuttering and performance problems, Dual Graphics may impose more problems than bring performance gains. Only in best case scenarios a performance similar to the GeForce GT 630M is possible.

The features like PureVideo HD (UVD3) or OpenCL support are similar to the two graphics cards.

As both graphics cards are rendering frames, the power consumption is clearly higher than using only one GPU.

AMD Radeon HD 7550M

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The AMD Radeon HD 7550M (sometimes also called AMD Mobility Radeon HD 7550) is a DirectX11 middle class graphics card for laptops. It is based on the same chip as the Radeon HD 6630M, but only 5 SIMD-engines (= 400 shader) are activated. Furthermore, the memory interface is only 64 bit wide, but supports DDR3 and GDDR5. Depending on the version, the core clocks are between 450 an 550 MHz. The architecture is based on the Northern Islands generation, manufactured in 40nm.

The 400 stream processors should be still based on the "old" 5D architecture similar to the 5000 series. Therefore, the number of shaders is not comparable to the 1D cores of current Nvidia GPUs. The tessellation performance should be improved (like the desktop 6800 series) with the new cards. The stream processors can be used with DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, DirectCompute 11 and OpenCL. With the later two the cores can also be used for general computations like transcoding videos.

The 3D performance, limited by the small memory interface, is well below the Radeon HD 6530M. Therefore, current games (2011/2012) will run fluently only in 1024x768 or 1366x768 and low details. Playing highly demanding games like Anno 2070, a further reduction of the settings could be necessary.

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 graphics card.

Furthermore, the HD 7500M series integrates a 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). However, the solution is not as mature as Nvidias 3D Vision.

Thanks to Eyefinity the graphics chip is able to theoretically drive up to 5 monitors simultaneously. However, this only works if the laptop features enough DisplayPort outputs.

The power consumption of the chip should be similar to the Radeon HD 6530M and therefore suited for smaller laptops (13-14").

AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 7550M
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon HD 7500M Series
Radeon HD 7590M (compare) 480 @ 600 MHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
Radeon HD 7570M (compare) 400 @ 450 - 650 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 3200 / 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7550M 400 @ 450 - 550 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 3200 / 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics 736 @ 655 / 600 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7530M (compare) 400 @ 450 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7510M (compare) 400 @ 450 MHz64 Bit @ 1600 MHz
Radeon HD 7590M (compare) 480 @ 600 MHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
Radeon HD 7570M (compare) 400 @ 450 - 650 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 3200 / 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7550M 400 @ 450 - 550 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 3200 / 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics 736 @ 655 / 600 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7530M (compare) 400 @ 450 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 7510M (compare) 400 @ 450 MHz64 Bit @ 1600 MHz
ArchitectureTerascale 3Terascale 2
736 - 400 -
Core655 / 600 MHz450 - 550 (Boost) MHz
Memory1800 MHz3200 / 1800 MHz
Bus128 Bit64 Bit
yesno
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Technology32/40 nm40 nm
Size
Introduced15.05.2012 07.01.2012
CodenameThames-LP / Pro
MemoryGDDR5 / DDR3

3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
3573 Points (5%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
4081 Points (2%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
545 Points (2%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
569 Points (1%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
40338 Points (5%)
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
1159 points (3%)
min: 780     avg: 826     median: 843 (2%)     max: 856 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 739     avg: 753     median: 756 (1%)     max: 764 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 7550M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 7550M
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
16206 Points (17%)
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
14252 Points (7%)
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
8746 Points (16%)
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics
Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 7550M
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
7.4 fps (3%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
8.1 fps (3%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
5.9 points (75%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
5.9 points (75%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + AMD Radeon HD 7550M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon HD 7550M

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 7550M → 96%

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

low 1280x720
Radeon HD 7550M:
40.7  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
20.4  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
16.6  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
189.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
39.3  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
19.8  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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SimCity

SimCity

2013
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
38.7  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
15.9  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
11.6  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
50.9  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
23.8  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
14.4  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
19.7  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
11.7  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
7.5  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
76.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
28.8  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
22.7  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

2012
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
32.1  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
17.6  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
10.1  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
24.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
17.8  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
30.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
18.4  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
7.3  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
47.2  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
30.4  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
13.9  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
30.8  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
18.1  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
11.7  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
27  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
17.6  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
13.8  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
37  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
28.8  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
25.5  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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Fifa 13

Fifa 13

2012
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
180  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
108.3  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
81.2  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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F1 2012

F1 2012

2012
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
72  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
45  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
30  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
30.3  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
23.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
16.6  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
55.9  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
17  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
133.3  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
75  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
56.9  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
»
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
26.6  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
43.7  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
32.8  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
11.8  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
25.5  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
25.4  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
8  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
65.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
39.6  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
25.9  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
60  fps
97%
Radeon HD 7550M:
58.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
50.7  fps
75%
Radeon HD 7550M:
38.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
31.1  fps
98%
Radeon HD 7550M:
30.6  fps
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
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Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
21.7  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
14.6  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
11.2  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1280x720
Radeon HD 7550M:
29.5  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
21.8  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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Alan Wake

Alan Wake

2012
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
18.1  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
11.7  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
48.8  fps
100%
Radeon HD 7550M:
36 61.8 ~ 49 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
21.9  fps
82%
Radeon HD 7550M:
14 22.7 ~ 18 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
14.5  fps
83%
Radeon HD 7550M:
9 14.6 ~ 12 fps
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
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Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1280x720
Radeon HD 7550M:
29 37.7 ~ 33 fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
21 22.7 ~ 22 fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
14 15.3 ~ 15 fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
130.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
53.1  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
26.5  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
15.5  fps
161%
Radeon HD 7550M:
24.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
12.8  fps
128%
Radeon HD 7550M:
16.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
11.4  fps
109%
Radeon HD 7550M:
12.4  fps
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
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Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
41  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
34  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
12  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
low 800x600
100%
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
63.1  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
49  fps
high 1360x768
100%
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
35  fps
Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics:
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F1 2011

F1 2011

2011
low 800x600
Radeon HD 7550M:
25  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
18  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
12  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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low 800x600
Radeon HD 7550M:
37  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
29  fps
high 1360x768
Radeon HD 7550M:
25  fps
Radeon HD 7550M:
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Average Gaming AMD Radeon HD 7550M → 104%

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