[UPDATE: There was a late name change for the cards and it's now been adjusted in the story.]
So I’m a big tease. Recently, when we unveiled the newest breed of ENVY laptops, I only said that that “Video: [A new AMD graphics processor I can’t tell you yet]” was coming in these new machines. Well, there was some confusion, some speculation and I’m here to now officially put that all to rest: HP’s Cameron Duncan confirmed the ENVY 15 gets the 7690M; The ENVY 17 gets the 7690M XT. As far as notebooks graphics goes, they have worked well in my initial tests. You want more details? Keep reading.
I hooked up with AMD’s Dave Erskine who shared some some across-the-board (PUN!) specs for the Radeon 7600M Series graphics processors. So, for your bullet-pointed pleasure, 7600M graphics…
Supports DirectX 11 (of course…)
Yep, it’s using the 40-nm fab process
Has GDDR5, 128-bit Memory
Has 480 stream processors
Supports HDMI 1.4a, DisplayPort 1.2
Offers UVD3 video decoding - support for XviD and DivX video acceleration
This is what allows output to three screens – (two DisplayPort and one HDMI on the ENVY 17) with Eyefinity tech
Provides AMD HD3D and Blu-ray 3D (for those looking at the ENVY 17 3D)
Now, while I haven’t had quality time with the FINAL hardware (I was playing with late prototype units) here’s what I had for a little testing:
ENVY 15 (With the 7690M) CPU: Intel Core i7–2860QM at 2.5GHz RAM: 8GB HDD: 750GB 7200rpm HDD
Quick Gaming Tests:
Just Cause 2: “Dark Sunrise” Test 1920 x 1080, settings at high – to – ultra:14.72 fps 1600 x 900, settings at medium to high:28.79 fps
Resident Evil 5 “Fixed” Test 1920 x 1080, settings at high – to – ultra: 25.2 fps 1600 x 900, settings at medium to high:58.5 fps
Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II – Retribution 1920 x 1080, settings at high – to – ultra 35.06 fps 1600 x 900, settings at medium to high:53.87 fps
Considering that the final, retail units are finally available for order, I plan to revisit a benchmarking story with final hardware, ASAP.
One last thing: I don’t have a last-gen ENVY 17 on-hand that is a proper one-to-one comparison for testing at the moment. I’m working on that – I want to give you a little more perspective – so stay tuned.
Do you have more questions? I’ll do my very best to answer them here.
Darren Gladstone (@Gizmogladstone) TNB's Blogger-in-Chief geeks out over games, gadgets and hot laptops.