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Gaming Performance Comparison

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Game Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition FireStream 9170
Red Dead Redemption 2 158% 789%
Cyberpunk 2077 254% 1121%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 59% 448%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 254% 1121%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 158% 789%
Doom Eternal 122% 664%
FIFA 20 37% 373%
Grand Theft Auto VI 294% 1258%
Need For Speed Heat 158% 789%
Halo: Reach 18% 182%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition are massively better than the AMD FireStream 9170.

The HD 7850 has a 60 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the FireStream 9170. This results in the HD 7850 providing 42.2 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 7850 has a 60 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the FireStream 9170. This results in the HD 7850 providing 14.7 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 7850 was released over three years more recently than the FireStream 9170, and so the HD 7850 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the FireStream 9170 when running the latest games.

The FireStream 9170 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 7850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the HD 7850 has superior memory performance.

The HD 7850 has 108.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the FireStream 9170, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7850 is massively better than the FireStream 9170.

The Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the FireStream 9170 has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7850 is 749 and the actual shader performance of the FireStream 9170 is 256. The HD 7850 having 493 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7850 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the FireStream 9170.

The HD 7850 transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the FireStream 9170. This means that the HD 7850 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the FireStream 9170.

The FireStream 9170 requires 105 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD 7850. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7850 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the FireStream 9170. The two GPUs have been recommended a PSU with the same amount of wattage. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed860 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Pitcairn PRORV670
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs -
Release Date01 Mar 2012vs08 Nov 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth160GB/secvs51.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs320
Actual Shader Performance36%vs12%
Texture Mapping Units64vs16
Texture Rate55 GTexel/svs12.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate27.5 GPixel/svs12.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-105 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.4vs3.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz-
Recommended RAM8 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1366x768

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition is a special edition of the powerful Radeon HD 7850. See the standard version for more information about it.
This edition features a special cooling system that allows twice as much heat dissipation when compared to the reference AMD cooling system but its performance is still the same, as there's no over-clocking out of the box.
AMD FireStream stream processors deliver all of the parallel processing power of the GPU to compute-intensive applications for scientists, engineers and consumers. Using up to 500 GFLOPS developers can dramatically increase the performance of their data parallel task applications.
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