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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core 2GB Edition GeForce GTX 650 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 172% 372%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 149% 332%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 141% 318%
Watch Dogs Legion 163% 356%
Godfall 342% 667%
FIFA 21 37% 138%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 141% 318%
Grand Theft Auto VI 283% 565%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 290% 577%
Genshin Impact 172% 372%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core 2GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition.

The GTX 650 has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7850, but the HD 7850 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 650. As a result, the HD 7850 exhibits a 19.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 650. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 650 has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7850, but the HD 7850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 650. As a result, the HD 7850 exhibits a 9.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 650. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 650 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 HD 7850 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 650, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 7850 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 7850 has 80 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 650, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7850 is much better than the GTX 650.

The Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core 2GB Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 650 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7850 is 749 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 is 426. The HD 7850 having 323 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 GTX 650.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7850 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 650. The HD 7850 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the GTX 650. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7850 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 650.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed860 MHzvs1110 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Pitcairn PROKepler GK107-450-A2
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date01 Mar 2012vs01 Sep 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
8.3
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5.9
1920x1080
6.4
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4.9
2560x1440
4.7
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3.1
3840x2160
2.9
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2.1

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth160GB/secvs80GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs384
Actual Shader Performance36%vs21%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs32
Texture Rate55 GTexel/svs35.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate27.5 GPixel/svs17.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs400 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3330 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 7850 XFX Core 2GB 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 650 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class GeForce GTX 650 1GB.
This special edition comes overclocked out of the box to 1110MHz and features a custom-designed 10 cm cooler.
Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance boost when compared to the reference card and so this GPU is suitable for medium to high settings on most demanding games but not with extreme resolutions.
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