AMD FirePro M5950 vs AMD FirePro M4000

AMD FirePro M5950

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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.

AMD FirePro M4000

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The AMD FirePro M4000 is a middle-class mobile workstation graphics card with DirectX 11 support. It is based on the same Cape-Verde-chip found in the Radeon HD 7700M series.

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 M4000.

The integrated 512 Stream processors of the FirePro M4000 are based on the new GCN-architecture. 

The gaming performance should be slightly faster than the Radeon HD 7750M. Overall, the card is able to run modern games (2012) in medium details and HD resolution fluently.

The FirePro M4000 also supports automatic graphics switching between the integrated GPU and discrete GPU. Called Enduro, the technology supersedes AMD's Dynamic Switchable Graphics and is similar to Nvidia's Optimus. Furthermore, the card can directly support up to 6 connected monitors using Eyefinity Technology if Enduro is disabled.

Other features of the series include ZeroCore for reducing power consumption when the display is turned off and Power Gating to power down areas of the chip that are not used. PowerTune allows automatic overclocking and underclocking of the graphics card as long as the GPU is within its TDP range. For example, the chip may be underclocked when running FurMark and OCCT, but will overclock in certain games like Lost Planet, Crysis or Resident Evil 5.

The integrated HD audio processor is able to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI and DisplayPort (e.g., for Blu-Ray videos). Additionally, it now allows audio to output simultaneously and in parallel to multiple devices with the new Discrete Digital Multipoint Audio (DDMA) feature.

The power consumption of the M4000 should be best suited for notebooks 15 inches or greater.

AMD FirePro M5950AMD FirePro M4000
ManufacturerAMDAMD
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 compare 640 @ 0.73 - 0.78 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4000 512 @ 0.6 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4100 compare 384 @ 0.67 GHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
FirePro M5950 480 @ 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 compare 480 @ 0.5 GHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
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 compare 640 @ 0.73 - 0.78 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4000 512 @ 0.6 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4100 compare 384 @ 0.67 GHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
FirePro M5950 480 @ 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 compare 480 @ 0.5 GHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
CodenameWhistler-XTCape Verde GLM
ArchitectureTerascale 2GCN
Cores480 - unified512 - unified
Core725 MHz600 MHz
Memory900 MHz4500 MHz
Bus128 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory1024 MB2048 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Transistors715 Million1500 Million
Technology40 nm28 nm
FeaturesOpenCL 1.1, Type A MXMOpenCL 1.2, 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs
Size1/31/3
Introduced13.04.2011 01.07.2012
Manufacturerhttp://www.amd.com/us/products/workstati...

3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
7729 Points (10%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
12587 Points (6%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
1617 Points (5%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
1713 Points (4%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
94767 Points (13%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
1500 Points (4%)
min: 2154     avg: 2186     median: 2186 (6%)     max: 2218 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
1350 Points (2%)
min: 1935     avg: 1981     median: 1981 (3%)     max: 2027 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD FirePro M5950
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD FirePro M4000
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD FirePro M5950
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD FirePro M4000
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
31792 Points (17%)
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
19971 Points (29%)
24574 Points (36%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + AMD FirePro M5950
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M5950
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M4000
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
21.3 fps (7%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 OpenGL
17.7 fps (8%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
17.9 fps (3%)
min: 28.8     avg: 29.5     median: 29.5 (6%)     max: 30.1 fps
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 snx-01 + AMD FirePro M4000
specvp11 tcvis-02 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 tcvis-02 + AMD FirePro M4000
specvp11 sw-02 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 sw-02 + AMD FirePro M4000
specvp11 proe-05 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 proe-05 + AMD FirePro M4000
specvp11 maya-03 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 maya-03 + AMD FirePro M4000
specvp11 lightwave-01 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 lightwave-01 + AMD FirePro M4000
specvp11 ensight-04 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 ensight-04 + AMD FirePro M4000
specvp11 catia-03 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 catia-03 + AMD FirePro M4000
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
6.7 Points (85%)
7.2 Points (91%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
6.7 Points (85%)
7.2 Points (91%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + AMD FirePro M5950
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + AMD FirePro M4000
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD FirePro M5950
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD FirePro M4000
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
270 Samples/s (3%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
470 Samples/s (3%)

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M5950 → 100% n=19

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M4000 → 125% n=19

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

low 1280x720
FirePro M4000:
105  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
56  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
44  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
13  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
62  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
23.5  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
16.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
8.1  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
32.4  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
23.5  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
15  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
95  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
47  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
38  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
23  fps
Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2

2012
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
96  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
89  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
87  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
82  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
51  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
40  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
19  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
129 142.9 ~ 136 fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
81.3 93 ~ 87 fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
56.7 81 ~ 69 fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
40.4 53 ~ 47 fps
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
125 147.9 ~ 136 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
45.1  fps
137%
FirePro M4000:
51 73.3 ~ 62 fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
29.2  fps
130%
FirePro M4000:
33 43.6 ~ 38 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
15  fps
127%
FirePro M4000:
17 20.9 ~ 19 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
43.5  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
30.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
16  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
57.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
29.5  fps
139%
FirePro M4000:
41.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
23.1  fps
143%
FirePro M4000:
33  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
14.2  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
121  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
105  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
52  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
25  fps
Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
med. 1024x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
167  fps
high 1360x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
104.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
64.3  fps
F1 2011

F1 2011

2011
med. 1024x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
65  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
55  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
20  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
48.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
21.6  fps
Dirt 3

Dirt 3

2011
med. 1024x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
82.4  fps
high 1360x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
56.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
18.2  fps
Crysis 2

Crysis 2

2011
med. 1024x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
64.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
48.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
16  fps
Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

2011
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
111  fps
med. 1280x720
FirePro M4000:
21  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
9  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
75.7  fps
high 1360x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
63.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
43.8  fps
Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
med. 1024x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
55.3  fps
high 1360x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
46.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
28.9  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
158  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
67.4  fps
104%
FirePro M4000:
70  fps
high 1360x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
47.2  fps
131%
FirePro M4000:
62  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
29.7  fps
114%
FirePro M4000:
34  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
45.7  fps
high 1600x900
100%
FirePro M5950:
24.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
8.7  fps
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
287  fps
ultra 1280x1024
FirePro M4000:
64  fps
World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
med. 1024x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
96  fps
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
FirePro M4000:
248  fps
med. 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
189  fps
high 1280x1024
FirePro M4000:
57  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
24  fps

Average Gaming AMD FirePro M5950 → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming AMD FirePro M4000 → 128%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 133%

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