AMD FirePro M8900 vs AMD FirePro M4100

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 M4100

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The AMD FirePro M4100 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.

Architecture

The FirePro M4100 integrates 6 Compute Units based on the GCN architecture. Overall, the Mars chip has 384 stream processors, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The memory of up to 2 GB GDDR5 is connected via an 128-bit interface. Just like the Radeon series, the FirePro M4100 offers features like Enduro or PCIe 3.0, but no Eyefinity.

Performance

According to the clock rates of up to 670 MHz for the chip and 1000 MHz for the memory (4000 MHz effective, 64 GB/s), the 3D gaming performance is slightly below the older FirePro M4000 or the Nvidia Quadro K1100M. Recent Games of 2013 can thus be played fluently in medium details and a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

Power Consumption

The FirePro M4100 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 around 30 watts (estimate), making the card suitable for laptops 15 inches in size or greater.

AMD FirePro M8900AMD FirePro M4100
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 (compare) 512 @ 600 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4100 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 (compare) 512 @ 600 MHz128 Bit @ 4500 MHz
FirePro M4100 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 XT
ArchitectureTerascale 2GCN
960 - 384 -
Core680 MHz670 MHz
Memory900 MHz4000 MHz
Bus256 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory2048 MB2048 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_1), 5.0
Transistors1700 Million
Technology40 nm28 nm
Size
Introduced12.04.2011 01.10.2013
FeaturesAMD 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 - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
5125 Points (9%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
6297 Points (3%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
815 Points (3%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
857 Points (2%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
35702 Points (5%)
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
1921 points (6%)
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
1728 points (3%)
3DMark 06 + AMD FirePro M8900
Standard 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M4100
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
10.9 fps (4%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
8.6 fps (5%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
15.6 fps (7%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4100
Tcvis 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4100
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4100
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4100
Maya 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4100
Lightwave 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4100
Ensight 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4100
Catia 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M4100
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M4100
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M4100
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M4100
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M4100
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M4100
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M4100
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M4100
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M4100
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
6.7 points (85%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
6.7 points (85%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + AMD FirePro M4100
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD FirePro M4100
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD FirePro M4100
Ref. Match 64Bit + AMD FirePro M4100
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
187 Samples/s (4%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
306 Samples/s (3%)

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M8900 → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M4100 → 99%

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

low 1024x768
FirePro M4100:
45  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4100:
6  fps
FirePro M4100:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M4100:
21  fps
FirePro M4100:
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GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
FirePro M4100:
83  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4100:
13  fps
FirePro M4100:
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FirePro M4100:
35  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4100:
8  fps
FirePro M4100:
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ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4100:
9  fps
FirePro M4100:
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FirePro M4100:
59  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4100:
9  fps
FirePro M4100:
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Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

2012
low 1024x768
FirePro M4100:
39  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4100:
5  fps
FirePro M4100:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M4100:
26  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4100:
8  fps
FirePro M4100:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M4100:
37  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4100:
19  fps
FirePro M4100:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M4100:
96  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4100:
21  fps
FirePro M4100:
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Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
FirePro M4100:
34  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4100:
8  fps
FirePro M4100:
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Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
FirePro M4100:
398  fps
med. 1024x768
FirePro M4100:
231  fps
high 1280x1024
FirePro M4100:
105  fps
FirePro M4100:
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
FirePro M4100:
272  fps
med. 1024x768
FirePro M4100:
165  fps
high 1280x1024
FirePro M4100:
29  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M4100:
12  fps
FirePro M4100:
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