NVIDIA Quadro 3000M vs AMD FirePro M5950

NVIDIA Quadro 3000M
AMD FirePro M5950

General info

Comparison of Quadro 3000M and FirePro M5950 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
Value for money (0-100)
Terascale 2
Code name
Mobile workstation
Mobile workstation
Release date
22 February 2011
13 April 2011
Launch price (MSRP)
Price now

Technical specs

Quadro 3000M and FirePro M5950's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Quadro 3000M and FirePro M5950's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Core clock speed
450 MHz
725 MHz
Transistor count
1,950 million
715 Million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
40 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
75 Watt
35 Watt
Texture fill rate
18 GTexel / s
17.4 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
432.0 gflops
696.0 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Quadro 3000M and FirePro M5950 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
Bus support
n / a
MXM-B (3.0)
MXM-A (3.0)
Form factor


Parameters of memory installed on Quadro 3000M and FirePro M5950: 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
2 GB
1 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
625 MHz
900 MHz
Memory bandwidth
80.0 GB / s
57 GB / s
Shared memory

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Quadro 3000M and FirePro M5950.
Display Connectors
No outputs
No outputs

API support

APIs supported by Quadro 3000M and FirePro M5950, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX 11, Shader 5.0
DirectX 11, Shader 5.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Quadro 3000M and FirePro M5950. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

Quadro 3000M 2.51 +49.4%
FirePro M5950 1.68

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

Quadro 3000M 1539 +14%
FirePro M5950 1350

3DMark Vantage Performance

Quadro 3000M 7941 +26.9%
FirePro M5950 6257


Quadro 3000M 1463 +11.3%
FirePro M5950 1314

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 −0.1%
4546 +0.1%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 −0.1%
4546 +0.1%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Quadro 3000M and FirePro M5950. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
28 Mh/s −139.3%
67 Mh/s +139.3%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Quadro 3000M and FirePro M5950 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA Quadro 3000M

49.4% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)
Higher memory bandwidth (80 vs 57 GB/s)
OpenGl 4.1

Advantages of AMD FirePro M5950

Somewhat newer (13 April 2011 vs 22 February 2011)
More pipelines (480 vs 240)
Less power hungry (35 vs 75 watts)
OpenCL 1.1
Type A MXM

So, Quadro 3000M or FirePro M5950?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA Quadro 3000M.
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