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AMD Radeon HD 8550M vs AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics

AMD Radeon HD 8550M

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The AMD Radeon HD 8550M is a DirectX 11.1 graphics card for small laptops. The core is clocked at 700 MHz, while the DDR3 graphics memory runs at 900 MHz. The 28nm Mars core uses the GCN architecture. Compared to the 8600M and 8700M series, the 8550M is different only in clock speed, memory bus configuration and memory type.

The performance of the Radeon HD 8550M is very similar to the Radeon HD 8570M or GeForce GT 630M. Current and demanding games like Far Cry 3 will run fluently only in 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 8550M 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 8500M 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 8550M can directly support up to 2 connected monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features of the 8500M 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 somewhat below that of the old HD 7650M. As a result, the 8550M is suited for 13-inch notebooks or larger.

AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics

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The AMD Radeon HD 8450G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics is the combination of a integrated AMD Radeon HD 8450G APU processor graphics card and a dedicated entry level AMD Radeon HD 8570M 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 dedicated graphics card. Therefore, due to the micro stuttering and performance problems, Dual Graphics may impose more problems than bring performance gains. Overall, most games of 2013 will only run fluently in low settings.

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 8550MAMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon HD 8500M Series
Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics compare 768 @ 0.72 GHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon HD 8590M compare 384 @ 0.62 GHz64 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics 576 @ 0.72 GHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 8570M compare 384 @ 0.65 GHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon HD 8550M 384 @ 0.7 GHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics compare 768 @ 0.72 GHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon HD 8590M compare 384 @ 0.62 GHz64 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics 576 @ 0.72 GHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 8570M compare 384 @ 0.65 GHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon HD 8550M 384 @ 0.7 GHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
ArchitectureGCNTerascale 3 / GCN
Pipelines384 - unified576 - unified
Core Speed700 MHz720 / 650 MHz
Memory Speed1800 MHz1800 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Shared Memorynoyes
DirectXDirectX 11.1, Shader 5.0DirectX 11, Shader 5.0
technology28 nm32/40 nm
Notebook Sizemedium sizedmedium sized
Date of Announcement16.11.2012 12.03.2012

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
4 pt (4%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
2675 Points (4%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
6040 Points (3%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
342 Points (1%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
515 Points (1%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
39939 Points (5%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
1242 Points (3%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
1307 Points (2%)
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD Radeon HD 8550M
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. total
3705 Points (4%)
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD Radeon HD 8550M
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX
3858 Points (4%)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
15962 Points (8%)
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
6008 Points (9%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 8550M
3DMark 06
4700 Points (9%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
4242 Points (8%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
11.2 fps (4%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
14.1 fps (3%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit)
3615 (17%)
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon HD 8550M
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit
22.6 fps (10%)
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
139 Samples/s (1%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
298 Samples/s (1%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
864 (2%)

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 8550M → 100% n=7

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics → 95% n=7

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
7.8  fps
GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
24.1  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
14.7  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
8.7  fps
low 1280x720
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
28.2  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
19  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
32.8  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
18.6  fps
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
15  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
9.9  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
52  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
27  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
21.6  fps
Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

2012
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
15.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
15.3  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
11  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
7.2  fps
94%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
6.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
6.8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
11.1  fps
85%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
9.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
9.4  fps
86%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
8.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
8.8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
36.6  fps
69%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
25.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
28.6  fps
80%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
22.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
15.9  fps
96%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
15.2  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
14.9  fps
134%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
19.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
13.4  fps
87%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
11.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
9.3  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
28.1  fps
59%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
16.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
21.6  fps
63%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
13.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
16.5  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
32  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
29.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
26.7  fps
Fifa 13

Fifa 13

2012
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
58.7  fps
74%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
43.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
43.5  fps
74%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
32.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
41.5  fps
70%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
28.9  fps
F1 2012

F1 2012

2012
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
16  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
12  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
25.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
20.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
16.7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
16.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
7.8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
38.7  fps
111%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
43.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
33.6  fps
99%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
33.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
29.4  fps
90%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
26.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
31.5  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
22.1  fps
112%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
24.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
15.5  fps
84%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
13  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
13.5  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
10.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
5.8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
11.2  fps
84%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
9.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
10.5  fps
88%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
9.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
10  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
16.5  fps
121%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
19.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
11.5  fps
102%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
11.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
10.4  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
59.5  fps
80%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
47.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
44.9  fps
84%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
37.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
34.4  fps
88%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
30.1  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
10  fps
103%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
10.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
17  fps
85%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
14.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
13.1  fps
91%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
11.9  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
30.2  fps
102%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
30.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
23.6  fps
93%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
21.9  fps
Alan Wake

Alan Wake

2012
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
20.6  fps
87%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
18  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
12.8  fps
90%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
11.5  fps
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
56.4  fps
98%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
55.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
25.6  fps
102%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
26  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
19.1  fps
84%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
16.1  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
20.9  fps
88%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
18.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
19  fps
83%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
15.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
15.9  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
44.6  fps
80%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
35.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
30.1  fps
79%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
23.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
24  fps
80%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
19.3  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
16.4  fps
68%
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
11.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
14.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Radeon HD 8550M:
13.4  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
38.8  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
26.1  fps
Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

2011
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
45.2  fps
med. 1280x720
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
16.7  fps
Civilization 5

Civilization 5

2010
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
20.6  fps
Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
15  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
13.8  fps
low 800x600
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
27.6  fps
med. 1360x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
19.2  fps
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
29.5  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
25.7  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
23.2  fps
Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

2009
low 800x600
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
31.3  fps
high 1360x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
18.8  fps
Trackmania Nations Forever

Trackmania Nations Forever

2008
low 640x480
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
108  fps
high 1024x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
30.1  fps
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
76  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics:
44.7  fps

Average Gaming AMD Radeon HD 8550M → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics → 88%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 89%

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