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Upgrading Graphics - AMD Kabini (A6-5200)

Postposted on Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:37 pm

I have a little AMD Kabini mini-ITX system, and it runs games surprisingly well.

I have roughly $100 to upgrade the system, and I was interested in getting a low-end AMD card for crossfire, but I cannot find anywhere on the Internet any mention of 1) what cards it will crossfire with, and 2) what version of GCN it runs internally.

All I can find in my extensive Internet searches is that crossfire is supported by this APU in some way. Does anyone know which video card I should be pairing this APU with?
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Re: Upgrading Graphics - AMD Kabini (A6-5200)

Postposted on Fri Dec 27, 2013 6:13 pm

I think a 6770 and below is the max. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Re: Upgrading Graphics - AMD Kabini (A6-5200)

Postposted on Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:16 pm

I can't imagine that dual graphics (crossfire officially means two or more discrete GPUs, apparently) with 2 very low end GPUs would be worth it. The 7770 starts at around $100 and should have better performance without the issues of crossfire/dual graphics.

To actually try and answer your question, it looks like Kabini dual graphics only supports some 8000m series mobile parts. This is the best link I could find: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1737549

This link has some info about what iGPU the various Kabini versions use: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6976/amds ... i-temash/4


Edit: If your power supply doesn't have a 6-pin PCIe connector the best you can do is a 7750 with GDDR5. It should still be several times as fast as your current GPU.
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Re: Upgrading Graphics - AMD Kabini (A6-5200)

Postposted on Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:21 pm

Yeah, forget about a crossfire setup for the two reasons that the IGP in Kabini can only "crossfire" with an extremely limited set of OEM-only GPU SKUs and that the IGP would likely hold back a more powerful card in real-world scenarios.

If you are set on getting an AMD GPU, then get a 7770 or 7750 (with GDDR5) that should be out there for < $100. If you can splurge and go over $100 but stay under $150, you might like the R7-260X or the Geforce 650TI, which got a favorable TR review for its price bracket.
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Re: Upgrading Graphics - AMD Kabini (A6-5200)

Postposted on Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:48 pm

The reason that the APU only supports hybrid crossfire with low-end cards is that a single mid-range card provides much better performance.

What is the resolution of your monitor?
What sorts of games do you want to play?

Radeon HD7750 uses AMD's Cape Verde GPU for $100 or less. It is available as a low-profile card that will fit into slim-line cases. It is also the best-performing graphics card that is powered only from the PCIe slot and does not require a 6-pin power cable.

Radeon R7-260X / HD7790 uses AMD's Bonaire GPU for $120-$145. It's going to be a full-height card that requires a 6-pin PCIe power cable.

GeForce GTX650Ti provides a little less gaming performance for the same price.

Radeon R9-270 / HD7870, based on AMD's Pitcairn GPU for $180, provides sufficient performance to run most currently-available games at decent frame rates at 1920x1080 resolution.
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Re: Upgrading Graphics - AMD Kabini (A6-5200)

Postposted on Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:59 pm

I agree with others that trying to crossfire a Kabini wouldn't be worth it. I also worry about that little guy making things CPU limited. (Maybe Mantle can help that....we'll see)

I think your budget is in the right range though. I surely wouldn't spend more than $100 if it's being paired with that CPU. You can get a 7790 or 650 Ti for $100 after MIR if you catch them on sale. Keep this performance graph in mind when buying (and that the 7770 is about 25% faster than the 7750 GDDR5). IMO, 7750's are attractive only because they don't require external power. If you look at pure performance/price, going from an $80 7750 to a $100 7790 gets you well over 2x performance.

Disclaimer: I bought a 7750 (DDR3) on newegg open box for $31 after MIR that I gave to a friend for Christmas. It plays Bulletstorm, Grid2, Tomb Raider, etc at 1080p, low-medium settings, 35-40fps (Portal 2 medium-high settings, buttery smooth), hooked up to a Core 2 Duo E6300. The price was right, but it was difficult to get things looking ok at 1080p and retain playable framerates. Lots of tinkering required. I think that E6300 was introducing some CPU limitations.
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Re: Upgrading Graphics - AMD Kabini (A6-5200)

Postposted on Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:34 am

I'll pile on top in saying don't use crossfire. It's always better to use a more powerful single-GPU whenever possible. Not only for performance, but less driver issues and usually lower power usage.

Also, just throwin it out there, I've got a GTX460 1GB (eVGA, Superclocked) that I've been meaning to sell. Looking at recent Ebay sold listings, I'd probably put $75 on it. What resolution do you run?
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Re: Upgrading Graphics - AMD Kabini (A6-5200)

Postposted on Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:38 am

I think they'd get a decent boost from Mantle if the multi GPU features they've announced will be out there up front.

Don't know what they play that'll use it, but still worth mentioning.
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Re: Upgrading Graphics - AMD Kabini (A6-5200)

Postposted on Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:11 am

The 7750 is a great little 720p card.
There's nothing too bad about playing at 720p, especially since you'll see 50+ fps at decent detail levels in most games at the moment.

For 1080p you probably want a 7770 at least. The 7770 was never a bad 1080p option for the money but the 7790, 650Ti (or R7 260 if you can find a deal) is a welcome boost in some of the more demanding games like BF4, Crysis 3 etc - that extra bit of performance takes some of the rare sub-30fps low points and makes them at least 35fps which is a welcome improvement to playability.

My HTPC had a 7750 in it at one point and it was great for casual gaming but as I spent more time on the sofa I wanted more to play the more potent games.
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Re: Upgrading Graphics - AMD Kabini (A6-5200)

Postposted on Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:31 am

Vhalidictes wrote:I have a little AMD Kabini mini-ITX system, and it runs games surprisingly well.

I have roughly $100 to upgrade the system, and I was interested in getting a low-end AMD card for crossfire, but I cannot find anywhere on the Internet any mention of 1) what cards it will crossfire with, and 2) what version of GCN it runs internally.

All I can find in my extensive Internet searches is that crossfire is supported by this APU in some way. Does anyone know which video card I should be pairing this APU with?

TechReports review claims its a newer version of GCN, so I'd expect 1.1 like the newer cards.
http://techreport.com/review/24856/amd- ... reviewed/2

That page actually seems to answer all your questions.
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Re: Upgrading Graphics - AMD Kabini (A6-5200)

Postposted on Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:21 am

I would not crossfire your integrated graphics with anything. The dedicated card usually runs faster on its own.

If you do have some extra molex or a PCIE power connector I would go with the previously mentioned hd7790, it is a much better card then the hd7770. Also it uses around the same amount of wattage. with the 7790 uses a max of 85 watts and the 7770 uses a max of 80 watts worst case scenarios. Here is a great comparison of the 2 cards.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/777?vs=776

http://www.hwcompare.com/14300/radeon-h ... n-hd-7790/ and http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-7790- ... on-HD-7770 and

If you have a super weak PSU a hd7750 will serve you well, it uses around 45-55 watts.
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Re: Upgrading Graphics - AMD Kabini (A6-5200)

Postposted on Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:03 pm

Given that you're running a mini-ITX box, I'll second the recommendation for a low-profile Radeon 7750. It's fantastic at 720p and still does a fine job at 1680x1050, too, though clawing up to 1080p will usually require a little bit of detail reduction. For an A6 Kabini chip you should be well-served by it.
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