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Gaming Performance Comparison

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Game Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition Quadro 6000
Cyberpunk 2077 265% 269%
Hitman 3 374% 380%
Resident Evil 8 265% 269%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 233% 237%
FIFA 21 84% 86%
Grand Theft Auto VI 413% 419%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 223% 226%
Genshin Impact 265% 269%
Far Cry 6 427% 433%
The Medium 355% 360%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia Quadro 6000.

The HD 6850 has a 201 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the Quadro 6000. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the HD 6850 manages to provide 5.1 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 6850 has a 201 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro 6000, but the Quadro 6000 has 16 more Render Output Units than the HD 6850. As a result, the Quadro 6000 exhibits a 2.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 6850. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Quadro 6000 was released less than a year after the HD 6850, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Quadro 6000 has 5120 MB more video memory than the HD 6850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Quadro 6000 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Quadro 6000 has 15.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 6850, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro 6000 is slightly better than the HD 6850.

The Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition has 960 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro 6000 has 448. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 6850 is 372 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro 6000 is 514. The Quadro 6000 having 142 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Quadro 6000 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 6850.

The Quadro 6000 requires 204 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD 6850. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6850 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the Quadro 6000. The Quadro 6000 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the HD 6850. The difference is significant enough that the Quadro 6000 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 6850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed775 MHzvs574 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Barts ProFermi GF100
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Oct 2010vs10 Dec 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs747 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth128GB/secvs143.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units960vs448
Actual Shader Performance18%vs25%
Texture Mapping Units48vs56
Texture Rate37.2 GTexel/svs32.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs48
Pixel Rate24.8 GPixel/svs27.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-204 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i7-975 Quad 3.33GHz Extreme
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1680x1050vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition is a special edition of the Radeon HD 6850. See the page of the standard edition for more information about it.
There are no new features that affect Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition's gaming performance directly and so its performance is exactly like the one the standard Radeon HD 6850 delivers.
Quadro 6000 is a high-end professional card based on the 40nm, Fermi architecture.

It's based on the Fermi GF100 GPU and thus offers 448 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 48 ROPs, on a 384-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 574MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 747MHz. It has a L2 Cache of 768KB and a rated board TDP of 204 Watts.

Despite exhibiting similarities to GeForce GTX 470, due to being under-clocked and because Quadro 6000's drivers are only certified for professional applications only, its gaming performance is up to 10% slower than GeForce GTX 470.
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