AMD FirePro M3900

AMD FirePro M3900

The AMD FirePro M3900 is a laptop graphics card for entry level mobile workstations. It is based on the consumer AMD Radeon HD 6470M (Seymore-XT) and therefore features the UVD 3 video decoder. Compared to the Radeon consumer line, the FirePro offers certified drivers for professional 3D applications. Due to optimizations and some unlocked features, the performance using professional applications is highly improved.

The 120 Stream processors should be still based on the "old" 5D architecture similar to the 5000 series. Therefore, the number of shaders is not comparable to the 1D cores of current Nvidia GPUs. The Tessellation performance should be improved (like the desktop 6800 series) with the new cards. The Stream processors can be used with DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, DirectCompute 11 and OpenCL. With the later two the cores can also be used for general computations like transcoding videos.

The theoretical performance is similar to the consumer counterpart, the Radeon HD 6470M. However, du to the professional drivers, games may run a bit slower.  The 6470M is able to run modern games in low settings and resolutions fluently (see benchmarks on the HD 6470M page) and therefore the M3900 is also not really suited for gamers.

The new 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 M3900 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 (integrated and external). However, the solution is not as mature as Nvidias 3D Vision.

Thanks to Eyefinity the HD 6470M graphics chip is able to theoretically drive up to 4 monitors simultaneously. Therefore, the support on the M3900 should be similar. However, this only works if the laptop features enough DisplayPort outputs.

The power consumption of the chip lies at about 20 Watt and is therefore suited for 13" laptops and up.

AMD FirePro M Series
FirePro M3900 160 @ 700 - 750 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 900 MHz
CodenameSeymour XT
ArchitectureTerascale 2
Pipelines160 - unified
Core Speed *700 - 750 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed *900 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Power Consumption20 Watt
Transistors370 Million
technology40 nm
FeaturesOpenCL 1.1, Eyefinity, 14.4 GB/sec Memory Bandwidth
Date of Announcement13.04.2011
Link to Manufacturer Page
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.


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Class 1
Radeon RX 580
Class 2
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7770
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
Radeon HD 6790
Radeon HD 5770
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GT 430
Class 4
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
Chrome9HD *
Class 6
unknown *

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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2017-09- 5)