Notebookcheck

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 @ 1.1 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
FirePro M8900 compare 960 @ 0.68 GHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M6000 compare 640 @ 0.75 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M5100 640 @ 0.73 - 0.78 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4000 compare 512 @ 0.6 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4100 compare 384 @ 0.67 GHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
FirePro M5950 compare 480 @ 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 compare 480 @ 0.5 GHz64 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

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
12.4 pt (14%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 12526     avg: 12603     median: 12602.5 (17%)     max: 12679 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
min: 38.3     avg: 39.1     median: 39.1 (7%)     max: 39.9 fps
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 +
specvp11 tcvis-02 +
specvp11 sw-02 +
specvp11 proe-05 +
specvp11 maya-03 +
specvp11 lightwave-01 +
specvp11 ensight-04 +
specvp11 catia-03 +
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 +
specvp12 snx-02 +
specvp12 showcase-01 +
specvp12 mediacal-01 +
specvp12 maya-04 +
specvp12 energy-01 +
specvp12 creo-01 +
specvp12 catia-04 +
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit +
- 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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

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.
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
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
118  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
90  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
76  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
12  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1280x720
102  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
98  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
42  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
25  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
49  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
42  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
24  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
162  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
115  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
86  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
55  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
85  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
61  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
42  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
19.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1280x720
80  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
73  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
62  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080