AMD FirePro M5950 vs AMD FirePro M5100

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 M5100

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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.

AMD FirePro M5950AMD FirePro M5100
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 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 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 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 480 @ 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 compare 480 @ 0.5 GHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
CodenameWhistler-XT
ArchitectureTerascale 2GCN
Cores480 - unified640 - unified
Core725 MHz725 - 775 (Boost) MHz
Memory900 MHz4500 MHz
Bus128 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory1024 MB2048 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_1), 5.0
Transistors715 Million
Technology40 nm28 nm
FeaturesOpenCL 1.1, Type A MXMAMD 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
Size1/31/3
Introduced13.04.2011 01.10.2013
Manufacturerhttp://www.amd.com/us/products/workstati...http://www.amd.com/us/products/workstati...

3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 12526     avg: 12603     median: 12602.5 (17%)     max: 12679 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 16349     avg: 16785     median: 16784.5 (8%)     max: 17220 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 2197     avg: 2225     median: 2225 (7%)     max: 2253 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 2297     avg: 2328     median: 2327.5 (5%)     max: 2358 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 100463     avg: 126754     median: 126754 (17%)     max: 153044 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
1500 Points (4%)
3333 Points (9%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
1350 Points (2%)
2967 Points (5%)
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD FirePro M5950
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD FirePro M5100
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD FirePro M5950
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD FirePro M5100
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
31792 Points (17%)
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
19971 Points (29%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + AMD FirePro M5950
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M5950
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M5100
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
min: 27     avg: 27.5     median: 27.5 (9%)     max: 28 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 OpenGL
min: 22.9     avg: 23.3     median: 23.3 (10%)     max: 23.7 fps
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
17.9 fps (3%)
min: 38.3     avg: 39.1     median: 39.1 (7%)     max: 39.9 fps
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 snx-01 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp11 tcvis-02 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 tcvis-02 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp11 sw-02 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 sw-02 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp11 proe-05 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 proe-05 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp11 maya-03 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 maya-03 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp11 lightwave-01 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 lightwave-01 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp11 ensight-04 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 ensight-04 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp11 catia-03 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 catia-03 + AMD FirePro M5100
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp12 snx-02 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp12 showcase-01 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp12 mediacal-01 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp12 maya-04 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp12 energy-01 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp12 creo-01 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp12 catia-04 + AMD FirePro M5100
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
6.7 Points (85%)
6.9 Points (87%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
6.7 Points (85%)
6.9 Points (87%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + AMD FirePro M5950
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + AMD FirePro M5100
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD FirePro M5950
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD FirePro M5100
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD FirePro M5100
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + AMD FirePro M5100
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
min: 353     avg: 364     median: 364 (4%)     max: 375 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
min: 641     avg: 658     median: 658 (4%)     max: 675 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
2051 (5%)

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M5950 → 100% n=18

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M5100 → 166% n=18

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

low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
44  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
25  fps
high 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
17  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
10  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
213  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
101  fps
high 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
44  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
26  fps
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
33.4  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
23  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
20  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
18  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
118  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
90  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
76  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
12  fps
low 1280x720
FirePro M5100:
102  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
98  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
42  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
25  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
49  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
42  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
24  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
9  fps
GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
162  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
115  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
86  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
55  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
85  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
61  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
42  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
19.6  fps
low 1280x720
FirePro M5100:
80  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
73  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
62  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
21  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
172  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
82  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
57  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
26  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
47  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
44  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
19  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
79  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
68  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
34  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
16  fps
F1 2012

F1 2012

2012
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
182  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
149  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
137  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
72  fps
Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2

2012
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
130  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
125  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
107  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
143  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
108  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
47  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
13  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
107  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
94  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
78  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
27  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
195  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
134  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
105  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
67  fps
Alan Wake

Alan Wake

2012
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
75  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
34  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
19  fps
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
199  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
45.1  fps
202%
FirePro M5100:
91  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
29.2  fps
185%
FirePro M5100:
54  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
15  fps
167%
FirePro M5100:
25  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
43.5  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
30.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
16  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
29.5  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
23.1  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
188  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
150  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5100:
72  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
35  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
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
med. 1360x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
67.4  fps
high 1360x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
47.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
29.7  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
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 M5100:
382  fps
med. 1024x768
FirePro M5100:
248  fps
high 1280x1024
FirePro M5100:
79  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
34  fps

Average Gaming AMD FirePro M5950 → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming AMD FirePro M5100 → 184%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 185%

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