FirePro S9170 vs Radeon Pro Duo Polaris

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

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Architecture
GCN 2.0
 
GCN 4.0
GPU code name
Hawaii
 
Ellesmere
Market segment
Workstation
 
Workstation
Launch date
8 July 2015 (5 years ago)
 
24 April 2017 (4 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
no data
 
$999
Price now
$1580
 
$173

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
2816
 
2304
Core clock speed
930 MHz
 
1243 MHz
Number of transistors
6,200 million
 
5,700 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
14 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
275 Watt
 
250 Watt
Texture fill rate
163.7
 
179.0
Floating-point performance
5,238 gflops
 
2x 5,728 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
267 mm
 
305 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
 
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
32 GB
 
16 GB
Memory bus width
512 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
5000 MHz
 
7000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
320.0 GB/s
 
224.0 GB/s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
No outputs
 
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
HDMI
-
 
+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (12_0)
 
12 (12_0)
Shader Model
6.3
 
6.4
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.6
OpenCL
2.0
 
2.0
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
1.2.131

Advantages of AMD FirePro S9170

Wider memory bus (512 vs 256 bit)

More pipelines (2816 vs 2304)

Higher memory bandwidth (320 vs 224 GB/s)

Advantages of AMD Radeon Pro Duo Polaris

Much newer (24 April 2017 vs 8 July 2015)

Cheaper ($173 vs $1580)

Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)

Lower power consumption (250W vs 275W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD FirePro S9170 and AMD Radeon Pro Duo Polaris. We've got no test results to judge.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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