AMD FirePro M8900 vs AMD FirePro M6100

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 M6100

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The AMD FirePro M6100 is an high-end 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 M6100 integrates 14 Compute Units based on the GCN architecture. Therefore, the chip has 768 stream processors. The memory of up to 2 GB GDDR5 is connected via an 128-bit interface. Just like the Radeon series, the FirePro M6100 offers features like Eyefinity, Enduro or PCIe 3.0. Presumably, AMD uses a partially deactivated Bonaire graphics chip, but this has not yet been officially confirmed.

Performance

Thanks to the very high clock rate of up to 1100 MHz for the chip and 1500 MHz for the memory (6000 MHz effective, 96 GB/s), the 3D gaming performance is somewhat above the Nvidia Quadro K4100M or GeForce GTX 860M. Recent Games of 2014/2015 can thus be played fluently in medium to high details and full HD resolution.

Power Consumption

The FirePro M6100 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). However, the Fire Pro M6100 should still have a relatively high TDP (probably about 75 watts) and is only suited for large and well-cooled workstation notebooks from 15 to 17 inches.

AMD FirePro M8900AMD FirePro M6100
ManufacturerAMDAMD
FirePro M Series
FirePro M6100 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 (compare) 480 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 (compare) 480 @ 500 MHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
FirePro M6100 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 (compare) 480 @ 725 MHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
FirePro M2000 (compare) 480 @ 500 MHz64 Bit @ 3200 MHz
CodenameBlackcomb XTBonaire
ArchitectureTerascale 2GCN
960 - 768 -
Core680 MHz1100 MHz
Memory900 MHz6000 MHz
Bus256 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory2048 MB2048 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 12_0), 5.0
Transistors1700 Million2080 Million
Technology40 nm28 nm
Size
Introduced12.04.2011 01.10.2013
FeaturesAMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, Up to 4 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/de-de/products/graphi...

3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 13751     avg: 14975     median: 14975 (24%)     max: 16199 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 24103     avg: 25342     median: 25342 (14%)     max: 26581 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 3308     avg: 3476     median: 3476 (13%)     max: 3644 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 3664     avg: 3837     median: 3837 (9%)     max: 4010 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 184545     avg: 215684     median: 215684 (29%)     max: 246824 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 5446     avg: 5750.7     median: 5639 (16%)     max: 6167 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 5117     avg: 5445.3     median: 5369 (11%)     max: 5850 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M6100
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M6100
3DMark 06 + AMD FirePro M8900
Standard 1280x1024 + AMD FirePro M6100
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
56.2 fps (21%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
48.8 fps (28%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
72 fps (32%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6100
Tcvis 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6100
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6100
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6100
Maya 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6100
Lightwave 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6100
Ensight 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6100
Catia 1920x1080 + AMD FirePro M6100
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M6100
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M6100
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M6100
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M6100
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M6100
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M6100
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M6100
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + AMD FirePro M6100
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + AMD FirePro M6100
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + AMD FirePro M6100
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + AMD FirePro M6100
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
101 fps (18%)
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
59.9 fps (16%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
598 Samples/s (11%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
1084 Samples/s (10%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
3355 Points (12%)

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M8900 → 100%

Average Benchmarks AMD FirePro M6100 → 101%

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

low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
283  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
135  fps
high 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
94  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
48  fps
FirePro M6100:
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Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
68  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
62  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
54  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
26.6  fps
FirePro M6100:
»
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
182  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
152  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
118  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
23  fps
FirePro M6100:
»
low 1280x720
FirePro M6100:
103  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
45  fps
FirePro M6100:
»
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
57  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
48  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
34  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
16  fps
FirePro M6100:
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GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
203  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
133  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
121  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
49.5  fps
FirePro M6100:
»
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
116  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
91  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
49  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
27  fps
FirePro M6100:
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low 1280x720
FirePro M6100:
230  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
112  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
94  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
34  fps
FirePro M6100:
»
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
295  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
119  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
81  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
45  fps
FirePro M6100:
»
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
52  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
42  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
31  fps
FirePro M6100:
»
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
77  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
72  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
50  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
26  fps
FirePro M6100:
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F1 2012

F1 2012

2012
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
185  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
156  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
138  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
115  fps
FirePro M6100:
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Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2

2012
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
124  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
118  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
105  fps
FirePro M6100:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
168  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
123  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
67  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
22.5  fps
FirePro M6100:
»
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
327  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
218  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
176  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
124  fps
FirePro M6100:
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low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
225  fps
med. 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
192  fps
high 1366x768
FirePro M6100:
98  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
54  fps
FirePro M6100:
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Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

2011
low 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
281  fps
med. 1280x720
FirePro M6100:
108  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
44  fps
FirePro M6100:
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
FirePro M6100:
354  fps
med. 1024x768
FirePro M6100:
282  fps
high 1280x1024
FirePro M6100:
117  fps
ultra 1920x1080
FirePro M6100:
57  fps
FirePro M6100:
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