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AMD FirePro M5100

AMD FirePro M5100

The AMD FirePro M5100 is a middle-class graphics card for mobile workstations, which has been presented in mid-2013. Similar to the Nvidia Quadro series, the FirePro cards offer certified drivers for professional 3D-software like CAD. Due to optimizations and some unlocked features, the performance in these applications is much better compared to a consumer Radeon GPU. Except for the certified drivers, the M5100 is more or less identical to the Radeon HD 8870M.

Architecture

The FirePro M5100 integrates 10 Compute Units based on the GCN architecture. Overall, the chip has 640 stream processors, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The memory of up to 2 GB GDDR5 is connected via an 128-bit interface. Just like the Radeon series, the FirePro M5100 offers features like Eyefinity, Enduro or PCIe 3.0. Presumably, AMD uses the Cape Verde graphics chip, but this has not yet been officially confirmed.

Performance

According to the clock rates of up to 775 MHz for the chip and 1125 MHz for the memory (4500 MHz effective, 72 GB/s), the 3D gaming performance will be slightly above the Nvidia Quadro K2100M or GeForce GT 750M with GDDR5 memory. Recent Games of 2014/2015 can thus be played fluently in medium to high details and a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

Power Consumption

The FirePro M5100 features different energy saving techniques to reduce power consumption and prolong battery life. These include PowerPlay and PowerTune (for clocking the GPU), Zero Core (deactivates parts of the GPU when the display is off) and Enduro (dynamic GPU switching between the processor graphics and the dedicated Radeon GPU). The maximum power consumption under full load should be about 50 watts (estimate), making the card suitable for laptops 15 inches in size or greater.

ManufacturerAMD
FirePro M Series
FirePro M6100 (compare) 768 @ 1100 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
FirePro M8900 (compare) 960 @ 680 MHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M6000 (compare) 640 @ 750 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M5100 640 @ 725 - 775 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4000 (compare) 512 @ 600 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4100 (compare) 384 @ 670 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
FirePro M5950 (compare) 480 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 (compare) 480 @ 500 MHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
ArchitectureGCN
Pipelines640 - unified
Core Speed725 - 775 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed4500 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_1), Shader 5.0
technology28 nm
FeaturesAMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, Up to 3 displays supported undocked, 5 displays docked, AMD App Acceleration, AMD PowerPlay power management technology, AMD PowerTune technology, AMD ZeroCore Power technology, AMD Enduro technology
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement01.10.2013
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/us/products/workstati...

Benchmarks

3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 12526     avg: 12602.5     median: 12602.5 (25%)     max: 12679 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 16349     avg: 16784.5     median: 16784.5 (10%)     max: 17220 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 2197     avg: 2225     median: 2225 (10%)     max: 2253 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 2297     avg: 2327.5     median: 2327.5 (6%)     max: 2358 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 100463     avg: 126754     median: 126754 (17%)     max: 153044 Points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
min: 27     avg: 27.5     median: 27.5 (10%)     max: 28 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
min: 22.9     avg: 23.3     median: 23.3 (21%)     max: 23.7 fps
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 38.3     avg: 39.1     median: 39.1 (17%)     max: 39.9 fps
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 +
Tcvis 1920x1080 +
SolidWorks 1920x1080 +
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 +
Maya 1920x1080 +
Lightwave 1920x1080 +
Ensight 1920x1080 +
Catia 1920x1080 +
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 +
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 +
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 +
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 +
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 +
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 +
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 +
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
Ref. Match 64Bit +
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
min: 353     avg: 364     median: 364 (7%)     max: 375 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
min: 641     avg: 658     median: 658 (6%)     max: 675 Samples/s
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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.

Ryse: Son of Rome
low 1024x768
44  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
25  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
17  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
10  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
GRID: Autosport
low 1024x768
213  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
101  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
44  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
26  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
33.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
23  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
20  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
18  fps    + Compare