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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II Top Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 158% 52%
Doom Eternal 122% 31%
Cyberpunk 2077 254% 109%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 158% 52%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 59% 6%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 254% 109%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 254% 109%
Grand Theft Auto VI 294% 133%
Need For Speed Heat 158% 52%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 90% 94%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II Top Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition.

The GTX 670 has a 198 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7850. This results in the GTX 670 providing 63.5 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 GTX 670 has a 198 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7850 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 670 providing 6.4 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 GTX 670 was released less than a year after the HD 7850, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 670 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 7850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 670 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 670 has 32.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7850, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 670 is noticeably better than the HD 7850.

The Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II Top Edition has 1344. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7850 is 749 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 670 is 1528. The GTX 670 having 779 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 670 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 7850.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed860 MHzvs1058 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1137 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Pitcairn PROKepler GK104-325-A2
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date01 Mar 2012vs01 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth160GB/secvs192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs1344
Actual Shader Performance36%vs74%
Texture Mapping Units64vs112
Texture Rate55 GTexel/svs118.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate27.5 GPixel/svs33.9 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU500 Watts-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3330 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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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.
GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP Edition is a Special Edition of the powerful GeForce GTX 670. See the standard version for more information about it.
The new features include increased core and memory clocks that went from 915MHz to 1058MHz and from 1500MHz to 1502MHz, respectively. The Turbo Boost was also increased to 1137MHz. A 20% more effective cooler is also included.
The performance boost is significant and around 8% when compared to the standard GTX 670.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
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