NVIDIA Quadro M4000M vs AMD FirePro W4170M

NVIDIA Quadro M4000M
AMD FirePro W4170M

General info

Comparison of Quadro M4000M and FirePro W4170M architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
GCN 1.0
Code name
GM204
 
Mars
Type
Laptop
 
Mobile workstation
Release date
18 August 2015
 
28 April 2014

Technical specs

Quadro M4000M and FirePro W4170M quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Quadro M4000M and FirePro W4170M performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Pipelines
1,280
 
384
Core clock speed
975 MHz
 
825 MHz
Boost Clock
1013 MHz
 
900 MHz
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
1,040 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
100 Watt
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
78.00
 
21.60
Floating-point performance
2,496 gflops
 
691.2 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Quadro M4000M and FirePro W4170M 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
large
 
medium sized
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x8
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
None

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on Quadro M4000M and FirePro W4170M: 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
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
2 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
5012 MHz
 
4000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
160 GB/s
 
64 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Quadro M4000M and FirePro W4170M.
Display Connectors
n/d
 
No outputs
Display Port
1.2
 
n/d

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Quadro M4000M and FirePro W4170M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
AppAcceleration
-
 
+
Enduro
-
 
+
3D Vision Pro
+
 
n/d
Mosaic
+
 
n/d
nView Display Management
+
 
n/d
Optimus
+
 
n/d
CUDA
5.2
 
-
PowerPlay
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Quadro M4000M and FirePro W4170M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12
 
11.2
Shader Model
5.0
 
n/d
OpenGL
4.5
 
n/d
Vulkan
+
 
-

Video card benchmarks performance comparison

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Quadro M4000M and FirePro W4170M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
25.98 +385.6%
 
5.35 −385.6%
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
49204.00 +293.4%
 
12506.00 −293.4%
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6937.00 +309.5%
 
1694.00 −309.5%
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
7723.00 +337.3%
 
1766.00 −337.3%
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
10259.00 +343.2%
 
2315.00 −343.2%
Unigine Heaven 3.0
n/d
 
22.40
Passmark
4496
 
n/d
Octane Render OctaneBench
53
 
n/d

Mining hashrate

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Quadro M4000M and FirePro W4170M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
251 Mh/s
 
n/d

Game benchmarks comparison (in FPS)

Let's see how good Quadro M4000M and FirePro W4170M are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.63 +3050%
 
0.02 −3050%
Games can run, %
At minimum settings
98.71
 
94.52
At recommended settings
86.45
 
85.48
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
medium / 768p
90.00
 
n/d
high / 1080p
55.00
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
48.00
 
n/d
4k / 2160p
20.00
 
n/d
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
n/d
 
131.00
medium / 768p
n/d
 
61.00
high / 768p
n/d
 
42.00
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
11.00
Diablo III (2012)
low / 768p
n/d
 
147.00
medium / 768p
n/d
 
89.00
high / 768p
n/d
 
76.00
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
52.00
World of Warcraft (2005)
low / 600p
n/d
 
321.00
medium / 768p
n/d
 
237.00
high / 1024p
n/d
 
61.00
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
30.00

Advantages of NVIDIA Quadro M4000M

385.6% faster (about 5 times) in synthetic tests
3050% faster (about 31.5 times) in games
Much newer (18 August 2015 vs 28 April 2014)
Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)
Higher memory bandwidth (160 vs 64 GB/s)
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

Advantages of AMD FirePro W4170M

More pipelines (384 vs 1)
App Acceleration
PowerPlay
PowerTune (dynamically increases AMD GPU's voltage and frequency while there's still enough temperature headroom. Similar to NVIDIA GPU Boost)
ZeroCore
Enduro (saves battery charge by automatically switching between an integrated and discrete AMD GPU depending on workload. Similar to NVIDIA Optimus)
PCI Express 3.0 x16
AppAcceleration

So, Quadro M4000M or FirePro W4170M?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA Quadro M4000M.

Be aware that Quadro M4000M is a notebook card while FirePro W4170M is a mobile workstation one.

Should you still have questions on choice between Quadro M4000M and FirePro W4170M, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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