So now that we have the notebooks, let’s talk about the graphics cards. While Nvidia has a bunch of information published on their website about their new Quadro 1000M, 2000M, 3000M, 4000M and 5010M workstation-class graphics cards, AMD has been fairly quiet about their FirePro M3900 and FirePro M5950 found in the EliteBook 8460w and EliteBook 8560w/8760w models respectively, and of course that mythical top-end FirePro M8900 that’s slated to appear in Dell’s flagship M6600, which the EliteBook 8760w is strangely lacking as an option.
I’ve got info on what appear to be the Radeon-equivalent cards that the new FirePro M3900, M5950 and M8900 are based off.
- The entry-level AMD FirePro M3900’s consumer counterpart is the Radeon 6470M. It will share the latter’s 1 GB of DDR3 memory (Not GDDR3, looks like someone made a typo in HP’s datasheet), 725 MHz core/800 MHz memory clock speeds, decidedly conservative 12.8 GB/s 64 bit bandwidth pipeline and low TDP of under 20W.
- The new FirePro M5950 will takeover last year’s FirePro M5800’s place as mid-range workstation card, and will be based off the Radeon 6770M. It will have 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, a noticeably wider 57.6 GB/s, 128-bit bandwidth pipeline, 725 MHz core/900 MHz memory clock speeds and TDP around 25W.
- The FirePro M8900 is AMD’s flagship mobile workstation class card for 2011. Its virtual twin is the Radeon 6970M, and it will have 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. The FirePro M8900 will have 680 MHz core/900 MHz memory clock speed and a 115.2 GB/s, 256-bit bandwidth pipeline; putting it in a sandwich between Nvidia’s two high-end cards, the Quadro 5010M and Quadro 4000M. However, the FirePro M8900’s expected TDP of 75W will theoretically make it slightly more energy and heat efficient versus Nvidia’s offerings for the ultra high-end.
You’ve gotta agree, that’s some interesting stuff there. Now all we have to do is hope HP stuffs that FirePro M8900 into the EliteBook 8760w as an option one day and we’re all set!