AMD FirePro W5000 Professional Graphics Card ReviewWed, Nov 07, 2012 - 12:00 AM
The system used for this review is a daily driver, which is used for both gaming as well as Photoshop and 3D modeling. It may not be the prettiest or the fastest rig around but it gets the job done and will be the basis for the benchmark numbers you will see in the next few pages.
Legit Reviews Test System:
- Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Quad-Core CPU
- Thermaltake Water 2.0 PRO Liquid CPU Cooler
- Biostar TZ77XE4 Motherboard
- 8GB Mushkin DDR3 (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz 9-10-9-27 1T
- 120GB ADATA S510 SSD
- 2x 1TB SATA II 3.0Gb/s 7200RPM
- 2x 1.5TB SATA II 3.0Gb/s 5400RPM
- 500GB SATA II 3.0Gb/s 7200RPM
- Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050 Watt Power Supply
- Fractal Designs Define XL Black Pearl Case
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
Looking at the above specs the hardware is fairly solid and should prove far more than capable of running the benchmarks and tests we will be throwing at it. From this base configuration, we installed the FirePro W5000 and the AMD FirePro Unified Driver Version 8.982.3 for Windows 7 64-Bit. After which we got right down to testing the user experience and running benchmarks to see how the W5000 does when it’s put through its paces and how it compares to AMD’s consumer oriented Radeon HD 7970.
AMD FirePro W5000:
As we can see from the GPU-Z screenshot the W5000 is based on AMD’s Pitcairn GPU that is used in the 7800 series, albeit slimmed down which has allowed for lower power consumption as the card has all its power supplied by the PCIe 3.0 x16 slot.
ASUS AMD Radeon HD 7970 DirectCu II TOP:
For comparison, we will be pitting the FirePro W5000 against the ASUS Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP.