NVIDIA Quadro K5000 vs AMD FirePro S9050

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)
GCN 1.0
GPU code name
Market segment
Release date
17 August 2012 (9 years ago)
7 August 2014 (7 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
no data
Price now
$851 (0.3x MSRP)

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
Core clock speed
706 MHz
900 MHz
Number of transistors
3,540 million
4,313 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
122 Watt
225 Watt
Texture fill rate
Floating-point performance
2,169 gflops
3,226 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).

PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
267 mm
254 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
1x 8-pin


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
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
12 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
384 Bit
Memory clock speed
5400 MHz
5500 MHz
Memory bandwidth
172.8 GB/s
264.0 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
2x DVI, 2x DisplayPort
1x DisplayPort

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

12 (11_0)
12 (11_1)
Shader Model

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Quadro K5000 14.55 +0.3%
FirePro S9050 14.51


This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Quadro K5000 3921 +0.3%
FirePro S9050 3911

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Quadro K5000 and FirePro S9050. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
111 Mh/s
no data
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
2.2 Mh/s
no data

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 87% minimum and 73% recommended requirements of all games known to us.


Competitors of Quadro K5000 from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Quadro K5000 from AMD is FirePro S9050, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Quadro K5000:

Competitors of FirePro S9050 from NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to FirePro S9050 from NVIDIA is Quadro K5000, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to FirePro S9050:

Advantages of NVIDIA Quadro K5000

0.3% higher performance in benchmarks

Lower power consumption (122W vs 225W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

Advantages of AMD FirePro S9050

Much newer (7 August 2014 vs 17 August 2012)

Cheaper ($550 vs $851)

Wider memory bus (384 vs 256 bit)

More pipelines (1792 vs 1536)

Higher memory bandwidth (264 vs 172.8 GB/s)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA Quadro K5000 and AMD FirePro S9050. The differences in performance seem too small.

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

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NVIDIA Quadro K5000
AMD FirePro S9050

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