AMD FirePro M6000 vs AMD FirePro M8900 vs AMD FirePro M5100

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 M8900

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The AMD FirePro M8900 is a high-end graphics card for mobile workstations. It is based on the same chip as the Radeon HD 6970M (Blackcomb XT) and therefore offers UVD3 decoding and slightly improved Tessellation performance compared to cards found in the previous generation (e.g., Radeon 6800 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 running professional applications is highly improved.

The 960 Stream processors should be still based on the "old" 5D architecture, similar to the 5000 series. Due to the different architecture of the FirePro M8900, however, the core count cannot be directly compared to the 1D cores of current Nvidia GPUs. The Stream processors can be used with DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1, DirectCompute 11 and OpenCL. With the later two, the cores can also be used for general computations like transcoding videos.

The theoretical performance of the FirePro M8900 is similar to the consumer counterpart, the Radeon HD 6970M. However, due to the specialized professional drivers, games may run a bit slower.  The 6970M is able to run modern games in high settings and resolutions fluently (see benchmarks on the HD 6970M page).

The new 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 M8900 integrates a HD audio controller to transmit HD Audio (TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI or DisplayPort (e.g., for Blu-Ray videos).

The AMD HD3D Technology offers support for Blu-Ray 3D and 3D displays (integrated and external). However, the solution is not as mature as Nvidia's 3D Vision.

Thanks to Eyefinity, the M8900 graphics chip is able to theoretically drive up to 5 monitors simultaneously. However, this only works if the laptop features enough DisplayPort outputs.

The power consumption of the chip should be similar to the HD 6970M and is therefore best suited for large laptops (17-inch or greater) with good 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 M6000AMD FirePro M8900AMD FirePro M5100
ManufacturerAMDAMDAMD
FirePro M Series
FirePro M6100 768 @ 1.1 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
FirePro M8900 960 @ 0.68 GHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M6000 640 @ 0.75 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M5100 640 @ 0.73 - 0.78 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4000 512 @ 0.6 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4100 384 @ 0.67 GHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
FirePro M5950 480 @ 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 480 @ 0.5 GHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
FirePro M6100 768 @ 1.1 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
FirePro M8900 960 @ 0.68 GHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M6000 640 @ 0.75 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M5100 640 @ 0.73 - 0.78 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4000 512 @ 0.6 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4100 384 @ 0.67 GHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
FirePro M5950 480 @ 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 480 @ 0.5 GHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
FirePro M6100 768 @ 1.1 GHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
FirePro M8900 960 @ 0.68 GHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M6000 640 @ 0.75 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M5100 640 @ 0.73 - 0.78 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4000 512 @ 0.6 GHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4100 384 @ 0.67 GHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
FirePro M5950 480 @ 0.73 GHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 480 @ 0.5 GHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
ArchitectureGCNTerascale 2GCN
Cores640 - unified960 - unified640 - unified
Core750 MHz680 MHz725 - 775 (Boost) MHz
Memory4500 MHz900 MHz4500 MHz
Bus128 Bit256 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB
Shared Memorynonono
DirectXDirectX 11.1, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_1), 5.0
Transistors1500 Million1700 Million
Technology28 nm40 nm28 nm
Size1/32/31/3
Introduced01.07.2012 12.04.2011 01.10.2013
CodenameBlackcomb XT
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
Manufacturerhttp://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 (6%)     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
2726 Points (7%)
3333 Points (9%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
2422 Points (4%)
2967 Points (5%)
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD FirePro M6000
3DM Vant. Perf. total + AMD FirePro M5100
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD FirePro M6000
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + AMD FirePro M5100
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M6000
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M5100
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + AMD FirePro M8900
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
36.1 fps (7%)
min: 38.3     avg: 39.1     median: 39.1 (7%)     max: 39.9 fps
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + AMD FirePro M6000
specvp11 snx-01 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp11 tcvis-02 + AMD FirePro M6000
specvp11 tcvis-02 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp11 sw-02 + AMD FirePro M6000
specvp11 sw-02 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp11 proe-05 + AMD FirePro M6000
specvp11 proe-05 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp11 maya-03 + AMD FirePro M6000
specvp11 maya-03 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp11 lightwave-01 + AMD FirePro M6000
specvp11 lightwave-01 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp11 ensight-04 + AMD FirePro M6000
specvp11 ensight-04 + AMD FirePro M5100
specvp11 catia-03 + AMD FirePro M6000
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
6.4 Points (81%)
6.9 Points (87%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
6.4 Points (81%)
6.9 Points (87%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + AMD FirePro M6000
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + AMD FirePro M5100
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + AMD FirePro M6000
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 (2%)     max: 675 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
2051 (5%)

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M6000 → NAN% n=

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M8900 → NAN% n=

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M5100 → NAN% n=

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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
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
F1 2012

F1 2012

2012
low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
167  fps
109%
FirePro M5100:
182  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
122  fps
122%
FirePro M5100:
149  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
101  fps
136%
FirePro M5100:
137  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
51  fps
141%
FirePro M5100:
72  fps
Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2

2012
low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
125  fps
104%
FirePro M5100:
130  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
116  fps
108%
FirePro M5100:
125  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
108  fps
99%
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
100%
FirePro M6000:
97  fps
110%
FirePro M5100:
107  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
90  fps
104%
FirePro M5100:
94  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
62  fps
126%
FirePro M5100:
78  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
27  fps
100%
FirePro M5100:
27  fps
low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
172  fps
113%
FirePro M5100:
195  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
121  fps
111%
FirePro M5100:
134  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
93  fps
113%
FirePro M5100:
105  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
69  fps
97%
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
100%
FirePro M6000:
168  fps
118%
FirePro M5100:
199  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
74  fps
123%
FirePro M5100:
91  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
43  fps
126%
FirePro M5100:
54  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
26  fps
96%
FirePro M5100:
25  fps
low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
169  fps
111%
FirePro M5100:
188  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
125  fps
120%
FirePro M5100:
150  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
58  fps
124%
FirePro M5100:
72  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
32  fps
109%
FirePro M5100:
35  fps
low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
98  fps
high 1366x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
53  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
39  fps
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
low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
152  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
130  fps
high 1360x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
78  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
37  fps
low 800x600
100%
FirePro M6000:
132  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
71  fps
high 1600x900
100%
FirePro M6000:
58  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
FirePro M6000:
18  fps
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
319  fps
ultra 1280x1024
100%
FirePro M6000:
65  fps
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
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

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

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
100%
FirePro M6000:
212  fps
180%
FirePro M5100:
382  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
FirePro M6000:
203  fps
122%
FirePro M5100:
248  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
FirePro M6000:
87  fps
91%
FirePro M5100:
79  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5100:
34  fps

Average Gaming AMD FirePro M6000 → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming AMD FirePro M5100 → 116%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 111%

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