In what’s turning out to be a busy week for mobile workstation announcements, AMD is announcing this week that they are launching three new FirePro Mobile parts. This latest announcement roughly coincides with the announcement of new mobile workstations from partners such as Dell, who are in turn gearing up for their first mobile workstations based on the recently announced Xeon E3-1500M v5, the very first mobile Xeon.

AMD FirePro Mobile Specification Comparison
  FirePro W7170M FirePro W5170M FirePro W5130M
Stream Processors 2048 640 512
GPU Clock 723MHz <925MHz <925MHz
Memory Clock 5GHz GDDR5 <4.5GHz GDDR5 <4GHz GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit 128-bit
FP64 1/16 1/16 1/16
GPU Tonga Cape Verde Cape Verde
Architecture GCN 1.2 GCN 1.0 GCN 1.0

Overall this is a very low-key launch for AMD – no slide decks, just a press release – however the roll out of this latest generation of FirePro Mobile parts represents a significant step up in performance for AMD’s mobile workstation video cards.

Now at the top of the stack is the FirePro Mobile W7170M. This part is based on a fully shader enabled Tonga GPU, meaning all 2048 shaders ship enabled. The W7170M is paired with 4GB of GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory bus, clocked at 5GHz, giving the part 160GB/sec of memory bandwidth. From a performance perspective the W7170M should deliver just shy of 3 TLFOPS of performance (2.96 TFLOPS), giving the part performance within 10% or so of AMD’s current midrange desktop FirePro, the W7100. AMD doesn’t disclose the TDPs on any of these parts, but given what we know about other Tonga implementations (e.g. M295X), this is likely a 100-125W part.

Following the M7170M is the M5170M, the middle child of this wave of FirePro Mobile releases. This part is based on a fully enabled version of AMD’s venerable Cape Verde GPU, packing 640 enabled stream processors. Unlike the W7170M, AMD is giving OEMs greater flexibility on clockspeeds and performance here, so this is an “up to” part on clockspeeds, with GPU and memory clockspeeds reaching as high as 925MHz and 4.5GHz respectively. In a maximum clockspeed configuration performance should top out at 1.18 TFLOPS, a bit more than 1/3rd the performance of W7170 and reiterating the notable performance gap between the two parts. Meanwhile like most Cape Verde configurations we’ve seen this past year, the W5170M will be shipping with 2GB of GDDR5.

The last of the new FirePros from AMD is the W5130M, and like the model number implies this is a cut-down version of W5170M. In this case AMD has disabled some stream processors on Cape Verde, bringing it down to 512. Otherwise the GPU clockspeed remains at “up to” 925MHz, while the maximum memory clockspeed is now 4GHz. Finally, memory capacity is unchanged from the W5170M at 2GB of GDDR5.

Finally, alongside this week’s mobile workstation GPU announcements, AMD is also announcing that the company has secured design wins from Dell, who will be including all three FirePro parts in the latest generation of their Precision mobile workstations. The FirePro W7170M will be available as a high-end option on the desktop replacement class Precision 17 7710, while the FirePro W5170M will also be available as an option in that laptop along with the Precision 15 7510. Meanwhile the FirePro W5130M will be shipping on the Precision 15 3510 as an upgrade for the integrated Intel iGPU.

Source: AMD

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  • FieryUP - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    Cape Verde in 2015, seriously? A 3 and a half year old GPU re-released as a brand new stuff, for professionals? :)
  • ddriver - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    Why not? GPUs have been stranded for a long time on this process node. It doesn't make a lot of sense to burn cash on a whole new chip design, while the old one suffices in performance and is mature with good yields. This is low midrange after all.
  • ImSpartacus - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    I sorta agree.

    Amd is hurting for cash and this yes a reasonable corner to cut.

    ...also I kinda like seeing pitcairn get rereleased every year.
  • Memo.Ray - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    It is not like that was the only option, you can always go for FirePro 7170M, it is all about the "budget". If you can't afford it, then the three and a half years old GPU might not look as bad ;)
  • bill.rookard - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    Remember, these are mobile parts, not full blown desktop parts. Sometimes these pack more than enough punch to be 'good enough' for mobile use on the road and fit within budget/thermal constraints.

    Yes, I'm sure we'd all like to see a HBM Fury MXM card (that -would- be sweet) - but considering these are quite often subject to bean-counter approval in the corporate world - they can't always go with a 'money is no object' attitude.
  • gamervivek - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    They are based on Venus according to TPU, same as the M370X. And they're not GCN1.0 Cape Verde parts since these chips do OpenCL2.0.

    AT continue with this despite the above being pointed out in a thread on Beyond3D.
  • Zarniw00p - Saturday, October 3, 2015 - link

    Yep. AT has invented the version numbering (1.0, 1.1 and 1.2) not AMD. Which version of GCN these GPU's are using is just a sophisticated guess - a guess that all industry and wikipedia are quoting and referring to. No signs of humbleness here at AT... yet.
  • Ryan Smith - Sunday, October 4, 2015 - link

    We've looked into the matter before and there's nothing to indicate AMD ever produced a new 10 CU part based on a later architecture. The important registers on the mobile parts like M370X all come back as matching Cape Verde.
  • anubis44 - Friday, October 9, 2015 - link

    AMD designed CGN for DX12, and it's only just come out now. So really, it's not that AMD's GPUs are based essentially on 3 year old designs that's noteworthy, it's that they were so well designed that software is only now catching up.
  • MrHorizontal - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    Not to be picky, but this is the second article mentioning the new Dell Precision Skylake laptops without saying much about them and only referencing the several-year-old GPUs in them, which is arguably the least important aspect about them. Can you also pin down Dell on when we at least can order these mythical beasts let alone get them shipped?

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