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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  • gravityarch - Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - link

    I really love the industrial tech design on'em ^^ Reply
  • Pastuch - Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - link

    I'm certain posting the physical length of the 6870 and the 6850 will not violate any NDAs...

    Ryan please tell us how long the cards are?
  • Chloiber - Thursday, October 21, 2010 - link

    6870 has the same length as 5850, 6850 is shorter - maybe about 5770.

    By the way: there are no "successors" to the 6800 series in the 5000 series. The 58xx were, in their generation, high end/enthusiast cards. The 57xx were mainstream. The performance level was completely missing in the 5000 series. That's why there is no real competition to the GTX460 for example at the moment.

    The 68xx is actually a successor to the 48xx cards. 48xx were "performance" cards.

    So, when ignoring MGPU cards we had:

    48xx: Performance
    47xx: Mainstream
    --> High End was missing!

    58xx: High-End
    57xx: Mainstream
    --> Performance was missing!

    69xx: High-End (Cayman)
    68xx: Performance (Barts)
    67xx: Mainstream (Juniper?)

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