AMD FirePro W8000 vs Radeon Sky 500

AMD FirePro W8000
AMD Radeon Sky 500

General info

Comparison of FirePro W8000 and Radeon Sky 500 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
Value for money (0-100)
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GCN 1.0
GCN 1.0
Code name
Release date
14 June 2012
27 March 2013
Launch price (MSRP)
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Price now
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Technical specs

FirePro W8000 and Radeon Sky 500's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of FirePro W8000 and Radeon Sky 500's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Core clock speed
900 MHz
950 MHz
Transistor count
4,313 million
2,800 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
225 Watt
150 Watt
Texture fill rate
Floating-point performance
3,226 gflops
2,432 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on FirePro W8000 and Radeon Sky 500 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).
Bus support
PCIe 3.0
PCIe 3.0
PCIe 3.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
279 mm
242 mm
Form factor
full height / full length
full height / full length
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pin
1x 6-pin


Parameters of memory installed on FirePro W8000 and Radeon Sky 500: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
4 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
5500 MHz
4800 MHz
Memory bandwidth
176 GB/s
154 GB/s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on FirePro W8000 and Radeon Sky 500. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
Display Connectors
4x DisplayPort, 1x SDI
1x DisplayPort
DisplayPort count
Dual-link DVI support

API support

APIs supported by FirePro W8000 and Radeon Sky 500, sometimes including their particular versions.
12 (11_1)
12 (11_1)

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of FirePro W8000 and Radeon Sky 500. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

FirePro W8000 11.34
Sky 500 22.53 +98.7%


FirePro W8000 2462
Sky 500 4889 +98.6%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of FirePro W8000 and Radeon Sky 500. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
391 Mh/s
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good FirePro W8000 and Radeon Sky 500 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD FirePro W8000

More pipelines (1792 vs 1280)
Higher memory bandwidth (176 vs 154 GB/s)

Advantages of AMD Radeon Sky 500

98.7% faster (about 2 times) in synthetic tests
Somewhat newer (27 March 2013 vs 14 June 2012)
Less power hungry (150 vs 225 watts)

So, FirePro W8000 or Sky 500?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon Sky 500.
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