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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  • numberoneoppa - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Those cards look pretty short for x800-series - interesting. Might be an optical illusion, though.

    Can't wait till ATI announces the cards so we can see the Anand review!
  • sonnygdude - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Well, if rumors are correct, the 6800 series are replacements for the 5770 rather than successors to the 5850/5870. Looking forward to information on the 6950(?) and 6970(?)!
  • karlitobrigante - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    The pictures of the above 6870 show it requiring 2 power cables which they only require on their highest end cards... As a 5770 owner I would be pretty said if I couldn't upgrade to the 6000 series without getting a new power supply.
  • aegisofrime - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    From what I have been hearing on the Intertubes those aren't actually x800s in the traditional sense of the number. What would have been 6770/6750 under the old system are now 6870/6850. The actual 6870/6850 would probably be called 6950/6970.

    Yes, confusing I know.
  • sonnygdude - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Aha! Beat you to it! Kneel before me! :P
  • aegisofrime - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Curses! Foiled again! Pinky, we will be back tomorrow night!
  • sonnygdude - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    i can't resist!

    "What are we going to do tomorrow night?"
  • aegisofrime - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Same thing we do every night Pinky. Try to be the first poster!

    But on a serious note, I rather wish AMD didn't change the numbering system. As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  • cwolfx2 - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    This thread made my day..
  • Stuka87 - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Yeah, I wish this comment section had a thumbs up option.

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