AMD FirePro M6000 vs AMD FirePro M5950

AMD FirePro M6000

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The AMD FirePro M6000 is an upper 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 / 7800M 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 M6000.

The integrated 640 Stream processors of the FirePro M6000 are based on the new GCN-architecture. 

The gaming performance is somewhere between the Radeon HD 7850M and 7870M. Therefore, the card is able to run modern games (2013) in medium or high details and HD resolution fluently.

The FirePro M6000 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 M6000 is best suited for notebooks 15 inches or greater.

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 M6000AMD FirePro M5950
ManufacturerAMDAMD
FirePro M Series
FirePro M6100 (compare) 768 @ 1100 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
FirePro M8900 (compare) 960 @ 680 MHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M6000 640 @ 750 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M5100 (compare) 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 480 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 (compare) 480 @ 500 MHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
FirePro M6100 (compare) 768 @ 1100 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
FirePro M8900 (compare) 960 @ 680 MHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M6000 640 @ 750 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M5100 (compare) 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 480 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 (compare) 480 @ 500 MHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
ArchitectureGCNTerascale 2
640 - 480 -
Core750 MHz725 MHz
Memory4500 MHz900 MHz
Bus128 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory2048 MB1024 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 11.1, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Transistors1500 Million715 Million
Technology28 nm40 nm
Size
Introduced01.07.2012 13.04.2011
CodenameWhistler-XT
FeaturesOpenCL 1.1, Type A MXM
Manufacturerhttp://www.amd.com/us/products/workstati...

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
2726 points (8%)
1500 points (4%)
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
2422 points (5%)
1350 points (3%)
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M6000
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M5950
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M6000
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M5950
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
31792 Points (17%)
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
19971 Points (38%)
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M6000
+ AMD FirePro M5950
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
36.1 fps (15%)
17.9 fps (8%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
Tcvis 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
Tcvis 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
Maya 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
Maya 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
Lightwave 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
Lightwave 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
Ensight 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
Ensight 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
Catia 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
Catia 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
6.4 points (91%)
6.7 points (96%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
6.4 points (91%)
6.7 points (96%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + AMD FirePro M6000
Shading 32Bit + AMD FirePro M5950
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD FirePro M6000
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD FirePro M5950

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M6000 → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M5950 → 90%

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

low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
112  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
56  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
51  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
33  fps
FirePro M6000:
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F1 2012

F1 2012

2012
low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
167  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
122  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
101  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
51  fps
FirePro M6000:
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Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2

2012
low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
125  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
116  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
108  fps
FirePro M6000:
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low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
97  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
90  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
62  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
27  fps
FirePro M6000:
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low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
172  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
121  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
93  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
69  fps
FirePro M6000:
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Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
168  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
74  fps
61%
FirePro M5950:
45.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
43  fps
68%
FirePro M5950:
29.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
26  fps
58%
FirePro M5950:
15  fps
FirePro M6000:
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FirePro M5950:
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med. 1366x768
FirePro M5950:
43.5  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5950:
30.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5950:
16  fps
FirePro M5950:
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med. 1366x768
FirePro M5950:
29.5  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5950:
23.1  fps
FirePro M5950:
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low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
169  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
125  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
58  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
32  fps
FirePro M6000:
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Fifa 12

Fifa 12

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

F1 2011

2011
med. 1024x768
FirePro M5950:
65  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5950:
55  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5950:
20  fps
FirePro M5950:
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low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
98  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
53  fps
91%
FirePro M5950:
48.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
39  fps
55%
FirePro M5950:
21.6  fps
FirePro M6000:
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FirePro M5950:
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Dirt 3

Dirt 3

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

Crysis 2

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

Total War: Shogun 2

2011
low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
291.8  fps
med. 1280x720
100%
FirePro M6000:
61.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
24.4  fps
FirePro M6000:
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med. 1024x768
FirePro M5950:
75.7  fps
high 1360x768
FirePro M5950:
63.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5950:
43.8  fps
FirePro M5950:
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Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
med. 1024x768
FirePro M5950:
55.3  fps
high 1360x768
FirePro M5950:
46.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5950:
28.9  fps
FirePro M5950:
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low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
152  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
130  fps
52%
FirePro M5950:
67.4  fps
high 1360x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
78  fps
61%
FirePro M5950:
47.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
37  fps
80%
FirePro M5950:
29.7  fps
FirePro M6000:
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FirePro M5950:
»
low 800x600
100%
FirePro M6000:
132  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
71  fps
64%
FirePro M5950:
45.7  fps
high 1600x900
100%
FirePro M6000:
58  fps
42%
FirePro M5950:
24.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
18  fps
48%
FirePro M5950:
8.7  fps
FirePro M6000:
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FirePro M5950:
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Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
319  fps
ultra 1280x1024
100%
FirePro M6000:
65  fps
FirePro M6000:
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Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
100%
FirePro M6000:
511  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
237  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
FirePro M6000:
142  fps
FirePro M6000:
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World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
med. 1024x768
FirePro M5950:
96  fps
FirePro M5950:
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Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
261.7  fps
FirePro M6000:
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
100%
FirePro M6000:
212  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
203  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
FirePro M6000:
87  fps
FirePro M6000:
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Average Gaming AMD FirePro M5950 → 62%

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