AMD Radeon HD 8550M Mobile Graphics Card Spotted
Written by Paulo Proenca on 20 November 2012 at 10:00

The upcoming Radeon HD 8550M graphics card has been spotted on a German website reseller, featuring in an upcoming Asus VivoBook U38DT.

This comes as a big surprise since AMD isn't even done with the release of the whole spectrum of the Mobility Radeon HD 7000 Series. Everyone is still waiting for the announcement of the fast, high-end middle-range chips and for a possible Radeon HD 7990M to compete against NVIDIA's extremely powerful GeForce GTX 680MX...

AMD Radeon HD 8550M Mobile Graphics Card Spotted

Therefore, and as far as speculation goes, we believe Radeon HD 8550M will not be a renamed Radeon HD 7550M or a rename of any other middle-class chip of the Mobility Radeon HD 7000 Series as it wouldn't make sense to launch a new Series with the same architecture and all the Mobility Radeon HD 8000 Series are said to feature the GCN architecture already featured in the Radeon HD 7970M.

A good clue to figure out whether or not it's a rename is the launch price. It's set at 800 USD (give or take). Taking a look at the Asus VivoBook U38DT we notice the CPU falls under the middle-class segment, as does the RAM and the GPU and so this launch price is relatively high for a notebook with a renamed Radeon HD 7550M which is also a rename of the previous Mobility Radeon HD 6000 Series.

What do you guys think? Is AMD taking a big step and launching the Mobility Radeon HD 8000 Series and probably the desktop Series along with them or is this just another renamed GPU?

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lakewashoceanbath
16:39 Nov-22-2012
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My laptop will be enough to play most games on high for the next few years.

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debat0r
16:46 Nov-22-2012
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On that res? Hardly… It's not that great and I got the feeling games are going to get pretty demanding (look at watchdogs…)

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lakewashoceanbath
00:05 Dec-02-2012

High with lowered res. Never said with my exact resolution.

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Zilincan
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Sooo it have new architecture or its just name or typo?

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tzzsmk
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hehe, my guess is that 8550M will be renamed HD7670M, almost only released HD7xxxM gpu =D

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tzzsmk
15:24 Nov-20-2012

and btw my laptop gpu is yet more than 50% better :/

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Pip
15:37 Nov-20-2012

I don't think they would release more renames…the 8000 Series need to be GCN only or NVIDIA will dominate the sales with all their Kepler 600 Series.

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harshsingh96
14:56 Nov-20-2012
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8550m is probably still nt bttr than my card

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Pip
15:36 Nov-20-2012

Quite possibly you're correct, it also depends on how well the GCN is optimized in the middle segment. Remember that this is a middle-class GPU while yours is already a fast-middle-class :)

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brighat
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Not much of a card. Even my card is 10% better.

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Pip
15:36 Nov-20-2012

It's not ranked yet buddy..how can you tell?

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thanks PIP
nice article

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Clicked on the link for the card and it says my card is 10% better. If it changes after it's ranked…

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Pip
16:04 Nov-20-2012

Oh, that's a predicted rank..in fact I should remove that :/ Thanks!

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LOL HD8550M, is this card will have the same performance with 7970 ?

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Pip
15:35 Nov-20-2012

haha, what?

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debat0r
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Well that would be good news for AMD :) Only the tide would turn too much and a not competitive market is not to be wished…

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tzzsmk
21:22 Nov-20-2012

no for sure:Đ

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At this rate, video games & graphics cards with soon play us.
"Welcome to the Game-Grid!" lol

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Milaor270
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@debat0r: Nope. its not a typing mistake. I googled it already and its not a mistake. Sorry, reply button doesn't work

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debat0r
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Well I hope they release HD89XX soon then… My bank account is ready :D

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I wanna know everything right now! Waiting for hd8000 series :)

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BTW isn't it just a typing mistake?

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Pip
15:35 Nov-20-2012

No, it isn't lol

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You sure about that? That the german site just made a typo? It's VERY early for and 8000 series card to appear…

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WOW! HD 8550M already ?!?! AMD is so taking a BIG step in launching Mobility Radeon HD 8000 series!

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