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AMD FirePro M5950

The AMD FirePro M5950 is an upper middle-class mobile workstation graphics card with DirectX 11 support. It is based on the Whistler architecture found in the Radeon HD 6600M/6700M series. The clock rates and GDDR5 memory are identical to that of the Radeon HD 6770M.

Compared to the Radeon consumer line, the FirePro offers certified drivers for professional 3D applications. Due to optimizations and some unlocked features, the performance when using professional applications is more efficient with the FirePro M5950.

The integrated 480 Stream processors of the FirePro M5950 are based on the "old" 5D architecture similar to that of the Radeon 5000 series. Due to the different architecture, the core count is not directly comparable to the 1D cores found in current Nvidia GPUs. General tessellation performance of the M5950 should be similar to the desktop 6800 series.

The Stream processors can be used with DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, DirectCompute 11 and OpenCL. The latter two frameworks allow the M5950 to process general computations.

The theoretical performance is similar to its consumer counterpart, the Radeon HD 6770M. However, due to the professional drivers, games may generally run a bit slower.  The 6770M is able to run modern games in medium-high settings and resolutions fluently (see benchmarks on the HD 6770M page or below).

The professional performance in SPECviewperf 11 positions the M5950 between the Quadro 1000M (10% slower) and the Nvidia Quadro 2000M (about 20% faster).

The UVD3 video decoder supports the decoding of MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, Flash and now also Multi-View Codec (MVC) and MPEG-4 part 2 (DivX, xVid) HD videos on the graphics card.

Furthermore, the FirePro M5950 integrates a HD audio controller to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI and DisplayPort (e.g. für Blu-Ray videos).

The AMD HD3D Technology offers support for Blu-Ray 3D and 3D displays, both integrated and external. The solution, however, is not as mature as Nvidia's 3D Vision with regards to drivers and general software support.

Thanks to Eyefinity, the M5950 graphics chip is able to theoretically drive up to 5 monitors simultaneously. Note that this will only work if the laptop features enough DisplayPort outputs to begin with.

The power consumption of the M5950 chip should be similar to the Radeon HD 6770M (~30 Watts). As a result, the graphics card can usually be found in 15" or larger laptops with adequate cooling solutions.

ManufacturerAMD
FirePro M Series
FirePro M6100 896 @ 1100 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
FirePro M8900 960 @ 680 MHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M6000 640 @ 750 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M5100 640 @ 725 - 775 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4000 512 @ 600 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4100 384 @ 670 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
FirePro M5950 480 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 480 @ 500 MHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
CodenameWhistler-XT
ArchitectureTerascale 2
Pipelines480 - unified
Core Speed *725 MHz
Memory Speed *900 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Transistors715 Million
technology40 nm
FeaturesOpenCL 1.1, Type A MXM
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement13.04.2011
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/us/products/workstati...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
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min: 1350      avg: 1350 (6%)     median: 1350 (6%)     max: 1350 points
3DMark 06
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min: 7137      avg: 8864.5 (23%)     median: 8864.5 (23%)     max: 10592 Points
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
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min: 38.92      avg: 38.9 (57%)     median: 38.9 (57%)     max: 38.92 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
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min: 4.67      avg: 4.7 (25%)     median: 4.7 (25%)     max: 4.67 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
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min: 49.28      avg: 49.3 (44%)     median: 49.3 (44%)     max: 49.28 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
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min: 48.56      avg: 48.6 (60%)     median: 48.6 (60%)     max: 48.56 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
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min: 15.45      avg: 15.5 (15%)     median: 15.5 (15%)     max: 15.45 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
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min: 50.1      avg: 50.1 (41%)     median: 50.1 (41%)     max: 50.1 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
med. 1366x768
45.1  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
29.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
15  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
med. 1366x768
43.5  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
30.9  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
16  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Battlefield 3
med. 1366x768
29.5  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
23.1  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
med. 1024x768
167  fps      Compare
high 1360x768
104.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
64.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F1 2011

F1 2011

2011
med. 1024x768
65  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
55  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
20  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Deus Ex Human Revolution
high 1366x768
48.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
21.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Dirt 3

Dirt 3

2011
med. 1024x768
82.4  fps      Compare
high 1360x768
56.1  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
18.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis 2

Crysis 2

2011
med. 1024x768
64.9  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
48.3  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
16  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
med. 1024x768
75.7  fps      Compare
high 1360x768
63.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
43.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.