AMD’s Radeon HD 6800 Series & Llano “Fusion” APU: A Story in Pictures

We happen to have the AMD Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 6850 in-house for testing at the moment. We wanted to play Show & Tell, but the nice people from AMD’s Legal Department say that we’re not allowed to tell you anything about these cards quite yet. But they are letting us go ahead and show you the cards, so without further ado:

Radeon HD 6870




Radeon HD 6850




While we were at AMD’s latest press event to see the Radeon HD 6800 series, we also had the opportunity to take a quick look at an AMD prototype board housing a Llano APU. AMD is publically showcasing the Llano demo board at the AMD Technical Forum & Exhibition in Taiwan this week, which means we’re finally allowed to discuss what we saw.

At this point AMD isn’t telling us much about Llano. Besides being on a prototype board, we don’t know much else about the hardware other than that there was a Llano APU running on the board. We don’t know the clockspeeds of the CPU or the GPU, but as with most prototypes we’d imagine both are lower than they will be when it ships. AMD had the Llano prototype running Windows 7, and on top of that running the Alien vs. Predator rolling demo. The demo was running with its default quality settings at a resolution of 1024x768. The framerate wasn't being displayed, but we'd guesstimate it to be in the mid-to-high 20's; not quite high enough to be smooth, but you could probably play on it in a pinch.

Llano Running the Aliens vs. Predator Benchmark

Note: Llano is the chip under the copper pipped heatsink; that's not a NB/SB chip

AMD is also showing additional applications at TFE that we didn't get to see, including SuperPi and Blu-Ray playback in order to showcase the APU's multitasking capabilities when it comes to stressing the GPU and CPU portions simultaniously.

And speaking of TFE and APUs, AMD is also showing off Zacate at the show, which we saw last month opposite to Intel's IDF.

AMD's Chris Cloran showing off a Zacate promotional video



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  • 7Enigma - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    So here's another card that has at least 1 external power connector on the end of the card (only saw one pic of the butt end of the cards). My dad's 5850 is on the top of the card when seated in the PCI slot. Both of these scenarios has negatives as if in a tight case the power cords can become problematic.

    Does anyone know of a PSU manufacturer that has realized the biggest issue is having to put a severe bend in the power connector and released them with 90 degree bends similar to the HDD SATA cables? That would allow for much less stress on the connector and keep the overall profile smaller/cleaner.

    And I clearly don't know anything about an NDA, but are you to tell me part of the NDA is not being able to tell us when the NDA is up?!?? That's cruel!
  • FireSnake - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Launch date is this friday:
  • jonup - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Is AMD lifting the NDA at lunch or maybe a day earlier? Is it going to be a hard lunch? Reply
  • Creig - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Actually, I believe it will be a soup and salad lunch. Reply
  • softdrinkviking - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    i'm betting on pot-luck. Reply
  • numberoneoppa - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    omg salad sounds so good right now. Reply
  • Stuka87 - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Ahh, the comments today are full of so much win :)

    Not so sure about Korean potluck though....
  • jonup - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    ROFL! Give me a break; I meant "launch".
    p.s. Screw the soup and salad; I had some real good corn beef sandwitch for lunch.
  • Shadowmaster625 - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    I know of no such power supplies. You might find this tinyurl interesting:


    The relevant part is 10 paragraphs down. Apparently you can blame Anand for there not being any right angle molex/pciE power connectors!

    ”the only reason why it has been dismissed is because benchers - and those who regularly take out the power cables - prefer to be able to do so with ease, and having connections at a right angle would only hinder this. ”
  • Torquemeister - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    It's disappointing that tri and quad crossfire support was dropped from this product range. Reply

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