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AMD Product Information and Specification Comparison FAQ

This document provides the answers to frequently asked questions about AMD product information and specification comparison. Examples include; what the difference between AMD Radeon™ and AMD FirePro™ graphics cards, and what is the fastest processor I can use in my system.​

​What do the graphics card model numbers mean?

The AMD family name is indicated by the numbering, such as HD6XXX (6000 series graphics card family) or HD 7XXX (7000 series graphics card family).

Each AMD family of graphics card w​ill have a range of products, with different performance points and features. Examples of this would be the AMD HD7970 and the AMD HD7750. For a full breakdown of the AMD Radeon Graphics families please visit the AMD Graphics comparison page.​​

What is the difference between a retail boxed processor (Processor In Box or PIB) and a bare processor (TRAY or OEM processor)?

Retail boxed processors are AMD processors that are sold in AMD branded packaging, and have a three year replacement warranty, along with an AMD recommended heat sink and fan. 

Tray or OEM processors are sold in bulk and do not include a heat sink and fan. Tray and OEM processor warranties are provided by the retailer/place of purchase or an OEM manufacturer such as DELL, HP or Lenovo.

What is the fastest processor I can use in my system?

Please review the motherboard or system manual for a list of supported processor types and socket configurations.  Then review the matching processor and specifications on the AMD Processor Solutions page.​​

What’s the difference between full height and half height graphics cards?

  • ​A half-height or low profile graphics card measures 6.44cm high
  • A full-height graphics card measure 10.67cm high

This height difference allows the half-height or low profile graphics card to be installed into smaller sized cases.

What the difference between AMD Radeon™ and AMD FirePro™ graphics cards?

AMD Radeon™ Graphics cards are manufactured by AMD partners and are designed for desktop users and gaming enthusiasts.

AMD FirePro™ graphics cards are built by AMD and designed for professional graphics users. They have a 3-year AMD warranty and may be used with leading CAD and DCC applications including 3DS Max, AutoCAD, CATIA, Inventor, Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Pro/ENGINEER Siemens NX, and SolidWorks.

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