AMD FirePro M8900 vs AMD FirePro M5950

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 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 M8900AMD FirePro M5950
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 (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 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 (compare) 384 @ 670 MHz128 Bit @ 4000 MHz
FirePro M5950 480 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 (compare) 480 @ 500 MHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
CodenameBlackcomb XTWhistler-XT
ArchitectureTerascale 2Terascale 2
960 - 480 -
Core680 MHz725 MHz
Memory900 MHz900 MHz
Bus256 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory2048 MB1024 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Transistors1700 Million715 Million
Technology40 nm40 nm
Size
Introduced12.04.2011 13.04.2011
FeaturesOpenCL 1.1, Type A MXM
Manufacturerhttp://www.amd.com/us/products/workstati...

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
1500 points (4%)
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
1350 points (3%)
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M5950
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M5950
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
31792 Points (17%)
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
19971 Points (38%)
3DMark 06 + AMD FirePro M8900
+ AMD FirePro M5950
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
17.9 fps (8%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
Tcvis 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
Maya 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
Lightwave 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
Ensight 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
Catia 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M5950
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
6.7 points (96%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
6.7 points (96%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + AMD FirePro M5950
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD FirePro M5950

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M8900 → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M5950 → 97%

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

Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5950:
45.1  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5950:
29.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5950:
15  fps
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:
»
med. 1366x768
FirePro M5950:
29.5  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M5950:
23.1  fps
FirePro M5950:
»
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:
»
high 1366x768
FirePro M5950:
48.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5950:
21.6  fps
FirePro M5950:
»
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:
»
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:
»
med. 1360x768
FirePro M5950:
67.4  fps
high 1360x768
FirePro M5950:
47.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5950:
29.7  fps
FirePro M5950:
»
med. 1360x768
FirePro M5950:
45.7  fps
high 1600x900
FirePro M5950:
24.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M5950:
8.7  fps
FirePro M5950:
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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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