AMD Radeon HD 8830M vs AMD Radeon HD 8850M

AMD Radeon HD 8830M

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The AMD Radeon HD 8830M is a 28nm DirectX 11 graphics card based on the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture. Built primarily for medium-sized laptops, the card is positioned in the lower performance category as of 2013. Compared to the similar Radeon HD 7850M, the 8830M offers slightly reduced clock speeds and significantly slower DDR3 memory.

The design of the Radeon 8800M series has its roots to the Cape Verde chip as found, for example, on the desktop Radeon HD 7770 with 640 1D shader cores and 40 texture units. However, the core clock of the 8830M is only 575 MHz (Boost up to 625 MHz) versus the 1000 MHz of the HD 7770.

As a result of the low clock rate and the DDR3 memory, the 8830M is the slowest model of the 8800M series and competes with the GeForce GT 645M. Current and demanding games like Far Cry 3 should run fluently in medium resolutions and detail settings.

The 640 shaders can be used with OpenCL 1.2 for general-purpose calculations.

Features of the 8830M 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 8800M 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 8830M can directly support up to 6 connected monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features of the 8800M 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.

Power consumption of the 8830M should be suited for laptops 15-inch or greater.

AMD Radeon HD 8850M

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The AMD Radeon HD 8850M is a 28nm DirectX 11 graphics card based on the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture. Built primarily for medium-sized laptops, the card is positioned in the performance category as of 2013. Compared to the similar Radeon HD 7850M, the 8850M offers slightly different clock speeds.

The design of the Radeon 8800M series has its roots to the Cape Verde chip as found, for example, on the desktop Radeon HD 7770 with 640 1D shader cores and 40 texture units. However the core clock of the 8850M is only 575-725 MHz (or up to 625-775 MHz with Boost) versus the 1000 MHz of the desktop HD 7770. As a result, general performance of the HD 8850M should be similar to the desktop HD 7750.

Equipped with GDDR5 memory, the HD 8850M competes with the Nvidia GTX 660M. The DDR3 version of the HD 8850M is expected to be a bit slower, although it could offer higher clock rates. Many games of 2013 can be played fluently in medium or high detail and resolution settings.

The 640 shader cores can be used with OpenCL 1.2 for general-purpose calculations.

Features of the 8850M 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 8800M 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 8850M can directly support up to 6 connected monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features of the 8800M 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.

Power consumption of the 8850M should be below that of the 8870M, corresponding to the core clock. Therefore, the 8850M is suited for medium-sized laptops and DTRs.

AMD Radeon HD 8830MAMD Radeon HD 8850M
ManufacturerAMDAMD
Radeon HD 8800M Series
Radeon HD 8870M (compare) 640 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8850M 640 @ 575 - 725 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8830M 640 @ 575 MHz128 Bit @ 2000 MHz
Radeon HD 8870M (compare) 640 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8850M 640 @ 575 - 725 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
Radeon HD 8830M 640 @ 575 MHz128 Bit @ 2000 MHz
ArchitectureGCNGCN
640 - 640 -
Core575 MHz575 - 725 (Boost) MHz
Memory2000 MHz4500 MHz
Bus128 Bit128 Bit
MemoryDDR3GDDR5, DDR3
Max. Memory2048 MB2048 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 11.1, 5.1DirectX 11.1, 5.1
Transistors1500 Million1500 Million
Technology28 nm28 nm
FeaturesOpenCL 1.2OpenCL 1.2
Size
Introduced18.12.2012 18.12.2012

3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 5537     avg: 6313     median: 6278 (9%)     max: 7124 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 11312     avg: 11826     median: 11387 (6%)     max: 12780 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 1683     avg: 1694     median: 1693 (6%)     max: 1707 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 1828     avg: 1846     median: 1845 (5%)     max: 1864 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 43556     avg: 54921     median: 44037 (6%)     max: 77170 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 2444     avg: 2513     median: 2507 (7%)     max: 2589 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 2340     avg: 2381     median: 2349 (5%)     max: 2453 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 8850M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 8850M
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + AMD Radeon HD 8850M
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon HD 8850M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon HD 8850M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon HD 8850M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon HD 8850M
Maya 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon HD 8850M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon HD 8850M
Ensight 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon HD 8850M
Catia 1920x1080 + AMD Radeon HD 8850M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
6.4 points (81%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
6.4 points (81%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + AMD Radeon HD 8850M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon HD 8850M
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD Radeon HD 8850M
Ref. Match 64Bit + AMD Radeon HD 8850M

Average Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 8850M → 100%

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

low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
44.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
33.4  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
27.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
17.2  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
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Titanfall

Titanfall

2014
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
60  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
49.9  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
38.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
24.9  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
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Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
27.1  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
22.5  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
19.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
11.5  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
56.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
27.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
13.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
11.7  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
35.1  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
33.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
16.9  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
40.7  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
30.6  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
62.6  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
51  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
16.8  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
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low 1280x720
Radeon HD 8850M:
33.9  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
26.8  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
21.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
17.8  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
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med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
39.8  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
27.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
20.8  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
37.1  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
24.4  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
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Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
78.7 144.3 ~ 112 fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
50.6 55.5 96.9 ~ 68 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
39.2 41.7 ~ 40 fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
31.8  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
28.8  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
17.9  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
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GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
52.9  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
45.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
14.7  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
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low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
31.7 32.4 ~ 32 fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
25.3 29.6 ~ 27 fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
20 21.5 ~ 21 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
11.9  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
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low 1280x720
Radeon HD 8850M:
76.6 99.2 ~ 88 fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
55.3 55.9 ~ 56 fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
44.3 48.2 ~ 46 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
16.9 16.9 ~ 17 fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
89.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
64.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
21.3  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
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SimCity

SimCity

2013
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
64  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
35.7  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
26.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
13.5  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
67.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
47.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
21.8  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
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Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
44.5  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
28.8  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
84.8  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
66.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
42  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
21.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
18.5  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
70.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
59.5  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
46.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
27.8  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
42.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
17.5  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
59.3  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
53.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
51  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
42.6  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
101.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
78.1  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
47.3 63.5 ~ 55 fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
35.9 36.6 ~ 36 fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
70  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
46.7  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
31.9  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
111.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
77 77.3 ~ 77 fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
66.2 68.6 ~ 67 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
43.1 44.4 ~ 44 fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
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Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
128.9 142.9 ~ 136 fps
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
59.6 74.5 ~ 67 fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
43.5 45 51.7 ~ 47 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
20.7 20.8 ~ 21 fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
48.8  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
37.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
23.6  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
med. 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
40.2  fps
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
36.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
16.4  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
high 1366x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
75.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Radeon HD 8850M:
32.6  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
»
low 800x600
Radeon HD 8850M:
123.5  fps
med. 1360x768
Radeon HD 8850M:
87  fps
Radeon HD 8850M:
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