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ATI launches Radeon HD 6500M, 6300M

ATI launches Radeon HD 6500M, 6300M

The Radeon HD 6500M and 6300M GPUs prove ATI's commitment to the mobile market.

ATI has beefed up its mobile GPU offerings, quietly launching a pair of new Radeon HD 6000-series models: the Radeon HD 6500M and Radeon HD 6300M.

Designed for the premium and mid-range markets respectively, both units are fully DirectX 11 compatible, with Shader Model 5.0, DirectCompute 11, and HDR texture compression support as standard along with a programmable hardware tessellation unit. OpenGL 4.1 and OpenCL 1.1 support is also included.

The Radeon HD 6500M is the premium offering, aimed at gaming laptops and other high-performance systems. Featuring 400 stream processors, 20 texture units, 32 Z/stencil ROP units and eight colour ROP units, the engine is clocked at 500MHz to 650MHz while the GDDR5 or DDR3 memory is clocked at 900MHz. Overall, ATI claims up to 520 gigaFLOPS of compute performance in single-precision mode, or around 650 million polygons per second.

The Radeon HD 6300M lowers the specifications in order to keep the price down, losing support for GDDR5 and dropping to 320 stream processors, eight texture units, 16 Z/stencil ROP units and four colour ROP units. The engine is clocked at 500MHz to 750MHz, the memory clock at 800MHz to 900MHz, and the overall performance rated at a less impressive 120 gigaFLOPS or around 187.5 million polygons per second.

Both models include support for ATI's dynamic switchable graphics technology for alternating between low-power integrated graphics and high-performance dedicated graphics. They also support hardware acceleration for video playback, HD3D support for stereoscopic gaming and Blu-ray 3D playback, an integrated 7.1 channel HD audio controller and Eyefinity support for up to four displays on the 6300M or six displays on the 6500M.

While both GPUs support adaptive anti-aliasing, morphological anti-aliasing, 16x angle-independent anisotropic filtering, and 128-bit floating-point HDR rendering, the lower-cost 6300M only manages 12x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing compared to the 6500M's 24x.

ATI has also confirmed that the Radeon HD 6500M will include CrossFireX support for chaining up to two GPUs in a single system, although expect a serious hit to battery life if OEMs choose to implement the feature.

Pricing for the GPUs has yet to be confirmed, but with both models live in ATI's product listings now, expect to see laptops based around the GPUs in the coming months.

Are you impressed with ATI's mobile Radeon HD 6000-series offerings, or has the company missed something important with these models? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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The_Jonas 29th November 2010, 11:30 Quote
Awesome, this is why I've been waiting to get a new laptop :D Not that I knew this would come but I was secretly hoping for new hardware >:D
tristanperry 29th November 2010, 11:31 Quote
Looks promising for sure. Depending on their price they could be very popular.

But (getting there first ;)): ATI have launched these? The article doesn't actually reference AMD once? (Apart from in the picture) :)
matee 29th November 2010, 11:32 Quote
Thats good news. If only they would create an equivalent of Optimus..
Picarro 29th November 2010, 11:35 Quote
Guys, could you start calling these AMD 6500 and 6300? Please?
SaNdCrAwLeR 29th November 2010, 11:44 Quote
will these be as crappy as most ATI mobile GPUs?
seriously only had problems with my ATI GPU laptop =/
Elton 29th November 2010, 11:52 Quote
So essentially HD4650/HD4670 performance?
xaser04 29th November 2010, 11:55 Quote
6500M sounds tasty.

Its performance should be noticably better than the HD5650 when GDDR5 is used and similar when GDDR3 is used.

EDIT: how have they calculated the GFlops performance, the 6300 seems dissproportionatly lower than the 6500.
Hustler 29th November 2010, 13:02 Quote
"or around 650 million polygons per second."


What an utterly meaningless figure.....

650million polygons.......at what size?....with what effects...?....with how many light sources?......etc,etc,etc.
Senilex 29th November 2010, 13:07 Quote
While ur at it Bit-Tech you might as well call Nvidia PhysX, Ageia Physx.
Get over yourselves already Bit-Tech, your not big or clever, just plain unprofessional in your persistence with the ATI naming.
RichCreedy 29th November 2010, 13:20 Quote
ati, amd who gives a f**k, most people know its really ati, just amd decided to change the company name, for more cudos i would imagine, as its the ati stuff thats bringing in the money.
SMIFFYDUDE 29th November 2010, 13:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Senilex
While ur at it Bit-Tech you might as well call Nvidia PhysX, Ageia Physx.
Get over yourselves already Bit-Tech, your not big or clever, just plain unprofessional in your persistence with the ATI naming.

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=27522

AMD are forgetting the new name too
Tulatin 29th November 2010, 13:44 Quote
Alas, Mobile gaming is such a broken market; consumers get a few choices of which cards they want soldered to their system boards, and if they want something better, they can pay a premium for a laptop with MXM slots that weighs a lot more and eats batteries for breakfast...
Passarinhuu 29th November 2010, 13:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by matee
Thats good news. If only they would create an equivalent of Optimus..

I've been using my Acer laptop with integrated graphics + dedicated Radeon 5650 with no problem whatsoever. Switchable graphics with no rebooting and great battery life.
And I prefer this manual switching mode to the Optimus auto switch depending on the app being used because it gives me control over when to use the dedicated card (don't know if Optimus supports manual mode switching but probably it does too).
Only thing I can point as needing more work is the graphics support that is manufacturer dependent and Acer seems to like skipping driver releases from time to time (although you can still install ATI releases by disabling the integrated graphics in the BIOS, so it's not a big deal if you need the latest driver release)
kylew 29th November 2010, 14:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Senilex
While you're at it Bit-Tech, you might as well call Nvidia PhysX, Ageia PhysX.
Get over yourselves already Bit-Tech, you're not big or clever, just plain unprofessional in your persistence with the ATI naming.

Fixed, as you weren't looking so big or clever yourself. :)
Denis_iii 29th November 2010, 14:28 Quote
are these replacing the 5650? fingers cross for fast adoption
dyzophoria 29th November 2010, 14:53 Quote
Quote:
will these be as crappy as most ATI mobile GPUs?
seriously only had problems with my ATI GPU laptop =/

I only had problems with my NVIDIA GPU Laptop :( (XPS m1330, had to return it 3 times, and another one with a 9600)
schmidtbag 29th November 2010, 15:08 Quote
i think i'd care about this more if building your own laptop was easier to do
CharlO 29th November 2010, 15:22 Quote
Will there be a 13" with 6500?? WAAAAAANT!
Aracos 29th November 2010, 16:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kylew
Quote:
Originally Posted by Senilex
While you're at it Bit-Tech, you might as well call Nvidia PhysX, Ageia PhysX.
Get over yourselves already Bit-Tech, you're not big or clever, just plain unprofessional in your persistence with the ATI naming.

Fixed, as you weren't looking so big or clever yourself. :)

I think he was being sarcastic, either that or he is a 100% complete dickhead.
HourBeforeDawn 29th November 2010, 16:23 Quote
I have to say like others sticking to ATI naming is fairly unprofessional...

As for these new AMD Mobile GPU, awesome cant wait to see some test results to start popping up here and there.
GingerFox 29th November 2010, 16:33 Quote
I seem to remember reading that they were sticking with ATI for a while because that is what most people search for, they are after all a business, wake up and stop being so picky.
frontline 29th November 2010, 17:47 Quote
I still look for 3dfx branded cards - damn you Nvidia.

Mobile graphics is a confusing world, with the same series name performing totally differently from mobile to desktop. Also, the laptop manufacturers seem to mess around with clock speeds so you don't always get the 'full fat' version of the GPU you think you are getting (i have an Nvidia GT330M in my laptop, but the default clocks are way below the spec).

Driver support is also patchy at best, depending on the laptop manufacturer.

Personally, i'm interested to see what the Fusion APU's bring in terms of mobile gaming next year - especially in the sub 15" laptop sector.
HourBeforeDawn 29th November 2010, 19:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GingerFox
I seem to remember reading that they were sticking with ATI for a while because that is what most people search for, they are after all a business, wake up and stop being so picky.

lol you know they could leave ATI in the meta tags and be picked up just fine when people search but use proper naming in the review itself ;)
Fizzban 29th November 2010, 20:32 Quote
Such entertainment from what label bit tech used. Watching you guys get upset over nothing is pretty funny.
HourBeforeDawn 30th November 2010, 00:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fizzban
Such entertainment from what label bit tech used. Watching you guys get upset over nothing is pretty funny.

improper use of wording, branding and so on is part of the very reason why there are so many dumbasses in the world... it doesnt help to re-enforce incorrect information like for example, one that practically everyone makes a mistake of is when they cut themselves and ask for a band-aid in a general sense, thats actually a brand name not an actual product, the proper term is adhesive strip, there are many other examples of this which further show the ignorance of people and its not helped when people have a chance to properly inform and they choose not to. That shows poor character.
D B 30th November 2010, 02:14 Quote
From the link posted, it looks as if AMD is having a bit of stupidity too , maybe you should set them straight

Oh, and here, have a kleenex for your sniffles ;)
Nikumba 30th November 2010, 10:02 Quote
Sandy Bridge + APU + This all in a Mac Book Pro k thanks
Fizzban 30th November 2010, 12:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
improper use of wording, branding and so on is part of the very reason why there are so many dumbasses in the world... it doesnt help to re-enforce incorrect information like for example, one that practically everyone makes a mistake of is when they cut themselves and ask for a band-aid in a general sense, thats actually a brand name not an actual product, the proper term is adhesive strip, there are many other examples of this which further show the ignorance of people and its not helped when people have a chance to properly inform and they choose not to. That shows poor character.

When I cut myself I use a plaster. But that is because I'm not from the USA. But I know what you mean. It's the same as us asking for Cellotape to wrap up presents when that's actually a brand name. We should call it sticky tape. But people use the most commonly associated word with what they want. So long as everyone understands, what is the issue really?

What amused me with the thread was just the way it quickly progressed into insults.
HourBeforeDawn 30th November 2010, 21:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fizzban
Quote:
Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
improper use of wording, branding and so on is part of the very reason why there are so many dumbasses in the world... it doesnt help to re-enforce incorrect information like for example, one that practically everyone makes a mistake of is when they cut themselves and ask for a band-aid in a general sense, thats actually a brand name not an actual product, the proper term is adhesive strip, there are many other examples of this which further show the ignorance of people and its not helped when people have a chance to properly inform and they choose not to. That shows poor character.

When I cut myself I use a plaster. But that is because I'm not from the USA. But I know what you mean. It's the same as us asking for Cellotape to wrap up presents when that's actually a brand name. We should call it sticky tape. But people use the most commonly associated word with what they want. So long as everyone understands, what is the issue really?

What amused me with the thread was just the way it quickly progressed into insults.

In reality there really isnt any harm but in this case I figured it would be better to start using the correct company name or at the very least call them Radeon instead as a separator to not confuse people with CPU products.
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