AMD W4170M vs ATI M5800

General info

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

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.26
 
2.43
Architecture
GCN
 
Terascale 2
GPU code name
Mars XTX?
 
Madison
Market segment
Mobile workstation
 
Mobile workstation
Launch date
16 November 2012 (8 years ago)
 
1 March 2010 (11 years ago)
Price now
$495
 
$60

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
384
 
400
Core clock speed
850 MHz
 
650 MHz
Boost clock speed
900 MHz
 
no data
Number of transistors
950 million
 
627 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
40 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
no data
 
26 Watt
Texture fill rate
21.60
 
13.00
Floating-point performance
691.2 gflops
 
520.0 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on FirePro W4170M and FirePro M5800 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop size
medium sized
 
medium sized
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x8
 
PCIe 2.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
no data

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
 
DDR3, GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
 
1 GB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
4000 MHz
 
800 MHz
Memory bandwidth
64 GB/s
 
51.2 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

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
 
No outputs

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

AppAcceleration
+
 
-

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (11_1)
 
11.2 (11_0)
Shader Model
5.1
 
5.0
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.4
OpenCL
1.2
 
1.2
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
N/A

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Both graphics cards satisfy the 72% minimum and 61% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
72%
Recommended
61%
Minimum
72%
Recommended
61%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

 
W4170M
ATI M5800
1080p
 
22 +4.8%
21 −4.8%

Competitors of FirePro W4170M from NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to FirePro W4170M from NVIDIA is Quadro 2000M, which is slower by 12% and lower by 32 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to FirePro W4170M:

Competitors of FirePro M5800 from NVIDIA

The nearest FirePro M5800's NVIDIA equivalent is Quadro 3000M, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to FirePro M5800:

Advantages of AMD FirePro W4170M

Much newer (16 November 2012 vs 1 March 2010)

Higher memory bandwidth (64 vs 51.2 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 40 nm)

Advantages of ATI FirePro M5800

11.6% better performance in benchmarks

Cheaper ($60 vs $495)

More pipelines (400 vs 384)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends ATI FirePro M5800, since it shows better performance.

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

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