AMD Radeon HD 8590M vs AMD Radeon HD 8550M

AMD Radeon HD 8590M

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The AMD Radeon HD 8590M (sometimes also called ATI Mobility Radeon HD 8590M) is a DirectX 11.1 graphics card for laptops. It was announced early 2012 and is technically a Radeon HD 8570M with GDDR5 graphics memory. The core is clocked at 620 MHz and is able to overclock itself to 700 MHz (Boost). The GDDR5 graphics memory is clocked at 1125 MHz (4.5 GHz effective).

The 28nm Mars core uses the GCN architecture. Compared to the 8600M and 8700M series, the only clock speed, memory bus configuration, and memory type have been overhauled.

The performance of the Radeon HD 8590M should be slightly below the old Radeon HD 6750M. Current and demanding games like Far Cry 3 should 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 8590M 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 8590M 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 7670M. As a result, the 8590M is suited for 13-inch notebooks or larger.

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 8590MAMD Radeon HD 8550M
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon HD 8500M Series
Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics (compare) 768 @ 720 / 650 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon HD 8590M 384 @ 620 MHz64 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics (compare) 576 @ 720 / 650 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 8570M (compare) 384 @ 650 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon HD 8550M 384 @ 700 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics (compare) 768 @ 720 / 650 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon HD 8590M 384 @ 620 MHz64 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics (compare) 576 @ 720 / 650 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Radeon HD 8570M (compare) 384 @ 650 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Radeon HD 8550M 384 @ 700 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
ArchitectureGCNGCN
384 - 384 -
Core620 MHz700 MHz
Memory4500 MHz1800 MHz
Bus64 Bit64 Bit
MemoryGDDR5DDR3
nono
DirectXDirectX 11.1, 5.0DirectX 11.1, 5.0
Technology28 nm28 nm
Size
Introduced16.11.2012 16.11.2012

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
1242 points (4%)
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
1307 points (3%)
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 8550M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 8550M
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
15962 Points (8%)
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
6008 Points (11%)
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 8550M
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
11.2 fps (4%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
14.1 fps (6%)
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon HD 8550M

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 8550M → 100%

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

Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

2012
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
15.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
15.3  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
11  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
7.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
6.8  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
11.1  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
9.4  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
8.8  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
36.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
28.6  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
15.9  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
14.9  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
13.4  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
9.3  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
28.1  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
21.6  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
16.5  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
32  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
29.4  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
26.7  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
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Fifa 13

Fifa 13

2012
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
58.7  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
43.5  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
41.5  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
25.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
20.9  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
16.7  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
16.8  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
7.8  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
38.7  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
33.6  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
29.4  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
31.5  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
22.1  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
15.5  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
13.5  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
11.2  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
10.5  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
10  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
16.5  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
11.5  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
10.4  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
59.5  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
44.9  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
34.4  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
10  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
17  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
13.1  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1280x720
Radeon HD 8550M:
30.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
23.6  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
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Alan Wake

Alan Wake

2012
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
20.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
12.8  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
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Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
56.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
25.6  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
19.1  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1280x720
Radeon HD 8550M:
20.9  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
19  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
15.9  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
44.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
30.1  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
24  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
16.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
14.4  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8550M:
13.4  fps
Radeon HD 8550M:
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