HD 6550D vs HD 8470D

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.40
 
1.35
Architecture
Terascale 2
 
Terascale 3
GPU code name
Llano
 
Richland
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Launch date
30 June 2011 (9 years ago)
 
5 June 2013 (7 years ago)
Price now
$42
 
$38

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
400
 
128
Core clock speed
600 MHz
 
800 MHz
Number of transistors
1000 Million
 
no data
Manufacturing process technology
32 nm
 
32 nm

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Shared memory
+
 
+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
DirectX 11, Shader 5.0
 
DirectX 11, Shader 5.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

HD 6550D 1.55 +14%
HD 8470D 1.36

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

HD 6550D 952 +11.5%
HD 8470D 854

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

HD 6550D 3930 +14.7%
HD 8470D 3426

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

HD 6550D 411 +13.9%
HD 8470D 361

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4546 +0%
 
4546 +0%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4546 +0%
 
4546 +0%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

HD 6550D satisfies 64% minimum and 55% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
64%
Recommended
55%
Minimum
64%
Recommended
55%

HD 8470D satisfies 63% minimum and 54% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
63%
Recommended
54%
Minimum
63%
Recommended
54%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

 
HD 6550D
HD 8470D
1080p
 
20 +53.8%
13 −53.8%

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 6550D

14% better performance in benchmarks

More pipelines (400 vs 128)

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 8470D

Much newer (5 June 2013 vs 30 June 2011)

Cheaper ($38 vs $42)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon HD 6550D, since it shows better performance.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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