AMD FirePro M8900 vs AMD FirePro M6000

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 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 M8900AMD FirePro M6000
ManufacturerAMDAMD
FirePro M Series
FirePro M6100 (compare) 768 @ 1100 MHz128 Bit @ 6000 MHz
FirePro M8900 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 (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 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 (compare) 480 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 (compare) 480 @ 500 MHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
CodenameBlackcomb XT
ArchitectureTerascale 2GCN
960 - 640 -
Core680 MHz750 MHz
Memory900 MHz4500 MHz
Bus256 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory2048 MB2048 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11.1, 5.0
Transistors1700 Million1500 Million
Technology40 nm28 nm
Size
Introduced12.04.2011 01.07.2012

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
2726 points (9%)
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
2422 points (5%)
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M6000
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M6000
3DMark 06 + AMD FirePro M8900
Standard 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M6000
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
36.1 fps (16%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
Tcvis 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
Maya 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
Lightwave 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
Ensight 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
Catia 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6000
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
6.4 points (81%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
6.4 points (81%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + AMD FirePro M6000
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD FirePro M6000

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M8900 → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M6000 → 100%

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

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

F1 2012

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

Torchlight 2

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

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
FirePro M6000:
168  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6000:
74  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6000:
43  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6000:
26  fps
FirePro M6000:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M6000:
169  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6000:
125  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6000:
58  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6000:
32  fps
FirePro M6000:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M6000:
98  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6000:
53  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6000:
39  fps
FirePro M6000:
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Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

2011
low 1024x768
FirePro M6000:
291.8  fps
med. 1280x720
FirePro M6000:
61.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6000:
24.4  fps
FirePro M6000:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M6000:
152  fps
med. 1360x768
FirePro M6000:
130  fps
high 1360x768
FirePro M6000:
78  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6000:
37  fps
FirePro M6000:
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low 800x600
FirePro M6000:
132  fps
med. 1360x768
FirePro M6000:
71  fps
high 1600x900
FirePro M6000:
58  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6000:
18  fps
FirePro M6000:
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Anno 1404

Anno 1404

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

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
FirePro M6000:
511  fps
med. 1024x768
FirePro M6000:
237  fps
high 1280x1024
FirePro M6000:
142  fps
FirePro M6000:
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Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

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

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
FirePro M6000:
212  fps
med. 1024x768
FirePro M6000:
203  fps
high 1280x1024
FirePro M6000:
87  fps
FirePro M6000:
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