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AMD's Llano Sports Radeon HD 6550 Graphics

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As the title indicates, AMD's Llano line of APUs will feature an embedded GPU with the AMD Radeon SKU of HD 6550

Several reports are indicating that AMD's upcoming line of Llano Fusion accelerated processing units (APUs) will feature the Radeon HD 6550 graphics core.

When launched, the Llano line is expected to compete with Intel's current LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge line featuring quad-core chips and Intel's HD 3000 series integrated graphics. But unlike Intel's Sandy Bridge platform where the processor die is fused with an integrated graphics northbridge into a single die, the silicon part of the Radeon HD 6550 will be integrated with the rest of the APU, allowing the GPU to assist the x86 cores with serial processing loads.

In addition to the Radeon HD 6550 core, AMD's Llano chips will include the A8-3550 and A8-3550P quad-core APUs and feature a thermal design power (TDP) of 100W. The Radeon HD 6550 itself will be clocked at 594 MHz, offer 400 Stream processors, and come packed with DirectX 11 support. So far, memory will be shared from the main memory but AMD may reportedly include support for SidePort-based memory before launch.

The Radeon HD 6550 will also reportedly work alongside discrete AMD Radeon HD 6570 and HD 6670 Turks-based graphics cards. This will be accomplished similar to the way AMD's integrated GPUS can work in tandem with entry-level Radeon cards using Hybrid CrossFireX. When the HD 6550 is working with either one of the discrete GPUs, the Fusion-based graphics core will be recognized as "Radeon HD 6690."

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    rohitbaran , May 3, 2011 4:37 AM
    So, that is the Radeon 6690.
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    Marco925 , May 3, 2011 4:59 AM
    Exciting! I am curious to see benchmarks
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    rpgplayer , May 3, 2011 5:09 AM
    countdown to Fanboi zealot posts!!
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    James296 , May 3, 2011 5:15 AM
    I'm a Fanboi, hear me roAAARRRR :p  . joking aside it'll be interest for the laptop/notebook market. maybe I'll pass this along to a friend who is looking to upgrade his c**ppy Dell laptop
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    joytech22 , May 3, 2011 5:25 AM
    Awesome, it sounds exactly like a HTPC's best friend!
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    neoverdugo , May 3, 2011 5:26 AM
    An here are the first ones.
    Putting that aside, I'm curious about the 6550 included on the llano apu.
    Benchmarks please
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    lpedraja2002 , May 3, 2011 5:27 AM
    I dream when I can buy a laptop that can game decently with an IGP. I would be more than happy to play Team Fortress 2 and Street Fighter IV on my laptop without having to go over budget.
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    jimmysmitty , May 3, 2011 5:40 AM
    On the graphics front, it will probably easily beat SB. While HD3K is decent, its not the same as a discrete GPU.

    But in CPU power, I don't think it will keep up with SB.

    Each will have their strong and weak points. Sounds like a good mix and match.

    SB for CPU power and overclocking, Llano for cheaper low end gaming.
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    rootheday , May 3, 2011 5:46 AM
    Sandybridge laptops play TF2 and SF4 just fine.
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    jestersage , May 3, 2011 5:47 AM
    If they implement the hybrid crossfire properly, I'm getting a 6670 plus this chip and decently game at under 200W. I hope they don't overprice. For the first time in 5 years I am seriously considering an AMD setup because of this.
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    ikefu , May 3, 2011 6:57 AM
    Zambezi is the one that is suppose to compete with Sandy Bridge computing wise. These are more value oriented options. Although they should still be pretty good.
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    virtualban , May 3, 2011 8:57 AM
    The ability to work alongside discrete AMD Radeon HD 6570 and HD 6670 is a very good idea indeed IMO.
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    crisan_tiberiu , May 3, 2011 11:12 AM
    its this "the bulldozer"? or we have to wait for that a bit more? I am waiting for this launch but as i heared Liano is Phenom II + HD6550? or i am wrong :( 
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    tpi2007 , May 3, 2011 11:47 AM
    From the specs, the HD6550 will probably have performance comparable to the Radeon HD4670 or the GeForce 9600GT.

    This will be a breakthrough in integrated graphics. For the first time you will be able to play regular games based on more demanding engines at decent quality settings, instead of going for all low settings.
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    elel , May 3, 2011 11:49 AM
    crisan_tiberiuits this "the bulldozer"? or we have to wait for that a bit more? I am waiting for this launch but as i heared Liano is Phenom II + HD6550? or i am wrong

    This is not bulldozer. You are right that llano will feature cpu cores similar to those in the current generation of AMD parts, while bulldozer will have a whole new architecture.
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    Anonymous , May 3, 2011 12:04 PM
    So far I have seen nothing in specs that impress a true gammer. Sure, you may be able to play some games at lower resolutions or by turning off detail. But in the end these will still not be good gaming platforms. Besides the fact that laptops are bad anyway for gammers because you can't upgrade the video.
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    mosu , May 3, 2011 12:55 PM
    you can crossfire a low end card like Radeon 6670 or 6570 with Llano APU and upgrade your gaming performance, a feature you cannot use with nVidia cards.
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    Yuka , May 3, 2011 12:58 PM
    400SPs at 600Mhz? Uhm... I'm gonna need some benchies; that thing might land between a 4850 and a 4870 if i'm not mistaken, but the RAM/HT bandwidth might hurt it bad.

    Anyway, I'm more interested to see this thingy on notebooks more than desktops if you ask me 8)

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    back_by_demand , May 3, 2011 1:10 PM
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    mosu , May 3, 2011 1:18 PM
    here's a link for you:
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