AMD FirePro M8900 vs AMD FirePro M4000

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 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 M8900AMD FirePro M4000
ManufacturerAMDAMD
FirePro M Series
FirePro M6100 (compare) 768 @ 1100 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
FirePro M8900 960 @ 680 MHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M6000 (compare) 640 @ 750 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M5100 (compare) 640 @ 725 - 775 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4000 512 @ 600 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4100 (compare) 384 @ 670 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
FirePro M5950 (compare) 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 960 @ 680 MHz256 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M6000 (compare) 640 @ 750 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M5100 (compare) 640 @ 725 - 775 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4000 512 @ 600 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4100 (compare) 384 @ 670 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
FirePro M5950 (compare) 480 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 (compare) 480 @ 500 MHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
CodenameBlackcomb XTCape Verde GLM
ArchitectureTerascale 2GCN
960 - 512 -
Core680 MHz600 MHz
Memory900 MHz4500 MHz
Bus256 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory2048 MB2048 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Transistors1700 Million1500 Million
Technology40 nm28 nm
Size
Introduced12.04.2011 01.07.2012
FeaturesOpenCL 1.2, 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs

3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
7729 Points (13%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
12587 Points (7%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
1617 Points (6%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
1713 Points (4%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
94767 Points (13%)
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 2154     avg: 2186     median: 2186 (7%)     max: 2218 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 1935     avg: 1981     median: 1981 (4%)     max: 2027 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M4000
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M4000
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
24574 Points (53%)
3DMark 06 + AMD FirePro M8900
Standard 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M4000
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
21.3 fps (8%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
17.7 fps (10%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 28.8     avg: 29.5     median: 29.5 (13%)     max: 30.1 fps
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4000
Tcvis 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4000
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4000
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4000
Maya 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4000
Lightwave 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4000
Ensight 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4000
Catia 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4000
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
7.2 points (91%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
7.2 points (91%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + AMD FirePro M4000
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD FirePro M4000
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
270 Samples/s (5%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
470 Samples/s (4%)

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M8900 → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M4000 → 99%

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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
FirePro M4000:
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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
FirePro M4000:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
32.4  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
23.5  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
15  fps
FirePro M4000:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
95  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
47  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
38  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
23  fps
FirePro M4000:
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Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2

2012
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
96  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
89  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
87  fps
FirePro M4000:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
82  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
51  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
40  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
19  fps
FirePro M4000:
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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
FirePro M4000:
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Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
125 147.9 ~ 136 fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
51 73.3 ~ 62 fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
33 43.6 ~ 38 fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
17 20.9 ~ 19 fps
FirePro M4000:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
57.4  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
41.1  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
33  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
14.2  fps
FirePro M4000:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
121  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
105  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M4000:
52  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
25  fps
FirePro M4000:
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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
FirePro M4000:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
158  fps
med. 1360x768
FirePro M4000:
70  fps
high 1360x768
FirePro M4000:
62  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4000:
34  fps
FirePro M4000:
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Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
FirePro M4000:
287  fps
ultra 1280x1024
FirePro M4000:
64  fps
FirePro M4000:
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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
FirePro M4000:
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