AMD FirePro M5950 vs AMD FirePro M6100

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 M6100

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The AMD FirePro M6100 is an high-end 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.

Architecture

The FirePro M6100 integrates 14 Compute Units based on the GCN architecture. Therefore, the chip has 768 stream processors. The memory of up to 2 GB GDDR5 is connected via an 128-bit interface. Just like the Radeon series, the FirePro M6100 offers features like Eyefinity, Enduro or PCIe 3.0. Presumably, AMD uses a partially deactivated Bonaire graphics chip, but this has not yet been officially confirmed.

Performance

Thanks to the very high clock rate of up to 1100 MHz for the chip and 1500 MHz for the memory (6000 MHz effective, 96 GB/s), the 3D gaming performance is somewhat above the Nvidia Quadro K4100M or GeForce GTX 860M. Recent Games of 2014/2015 can thus be played fluently in medium to high details and full HD resolution.

Power Consumption

The FirePro M6100 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). However, the Fire Pro M6100 should still have a relatively high TDP (probably about 75 watts) and is only suited for large and well-cooled workstation notebooks from 15 to 17 inches.

AMD FirePro M5950AMD FirePro M6100
ManufacturerAMDAMD
FirePro M Series
FirePro M6100 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 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 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 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-XTBonaire
ArchitectureTerascale 2GCN
Cores480 - unified768 - unified
Core725 MHz1100 MHz
Memory900 MHz6000 MHz
Bus128 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory1024 MB2048 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 12_0), 5.0
Transistors715 Million2080 Million
Technology40 nm28 nm
FeaturesOpenCL 1.1, Type A MXMAMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, Up to 4 displays supported undocked, 5 displays docked, AMD App Acceleration, AMD PowerPlay power management technology, AMD PowerTune technology, AMD ZeroCore Power technology, AMD Enduro technology
Size1/32/3
Introduced13.04.2011 01.10.2013
Manufacturerhttp://www.amd.com/us/products/workstati...http://www.amd.com/de-de/products/graphi...

3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 13751     avg: 14975     median: 14975 (20%)     max: 16199 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 24103     avg: 25342     median: 25342 (13%)     max: 26581 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 3308     avg: 3476     median: 3476 (10%)     max: 3644 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 3664     avg: 3837     median: 3837 (9%)     max: 4010 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 184545     avg: 215685     median: 215684 (29%)     max: 246824 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
1500 Points (4%)
min: 5446     avg: 5751     median: 5639 (15%)     max: 6167 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
1350 Points (2%)
min: 5117     avg: 5445     median: 5369 (9%)     max: 5850 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD FirePro M5950
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD FirePro M6100
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD FirePro M5950
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD FirePro M6100
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 M6100
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
56.2 fps (19%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 OpenGL
48.8 fps (22%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
17.9 fps (3%)
72 fps (14%)
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 snx-01 + AMD FirePro M6100
specvp11 tcvis-02 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 tcvis-02 + AMD FirePro M6100
specvp11 sw-02 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 sw-02 + AMD FirePro M6100
specvp11 proe-05 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 proe-05 + AMD FirePro M6100
specvp11 maya-03 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 maya-03 + AMD FirePro M6100
specvp11 lightwave-01 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 lightwave-01 + AMD FirePro M6100
specvp11 ensight-04 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 ensight-04 + AMD FirePro M6100
specvp11 catia-03 + AMD FirePro M5950
specvp11 catia-03 + AMD FirePro M6100
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + AMD FirePro M6100
specvp12 snx-02 + AMD FirePro M6100
specvp12 showcase-01 + AMD FirePro M6100
specvp12 mediacal-01 + AMD FirePro M6100
specvp12 maya-04 + AMD FirePro M6100
specvp12 energy-01 + AMD FirePro M6100
specvp12 creo-01 + AMD FirePro M6100
specvp12 catia-04 + AMD FirePro M6100
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
6.7 Points (85%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
6.7 Points (85%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + AMD FirePro M5950
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + AMD FirePro M6100
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD FirePro M5950
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD FirePro M6100
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD FirePro M6100
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
101 fps (11%)
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
59.9 fps (16%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
598 Samples/s (6%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
1084 Samples/s (7%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
3355 (7%)

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M5950 → 100% n=16

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M6100 → 264% n=16

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

low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
283  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
135  fps
high 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
94  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
48  fps
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
68  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
62  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
54  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
26.6  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
182  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
152  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
118  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
23  fps
low 1280x720
FirePro M6100:
103  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
45  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
57  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
48  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
34  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
16  fps
GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
203  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
133  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
121  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
49.5  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
116  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
91  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
49  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
27  fps
low 1280x720
FirePro M6100:
230  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
112  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
94  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
34  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
295  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
119  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
81  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
45  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
52  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
42  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
31  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
77  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
72  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
50  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
26  fps
F1 2012

F1 2012

2012
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
185  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
156  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
138  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
115  fps
Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2

2012
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
124  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
118  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
105  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
168  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
123  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
67  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
22.5  fps
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
327  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
218  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
176  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
124  fps
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
45.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M5950:
29.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M5950:
15  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 M6100:
225  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
192  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
98  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
54  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 M6100:
281  fps
med. 1280x720
FirePro M6100:
108  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
44  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 M6100:
354  fps
med. 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
282  fps
high 1280x1024
FirePro M6100:
117  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
57  fps

Average Gaming AMD FirePro M5950 → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

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