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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition Radeon HD 6850
Cyberpunk 2077 265% 265%
Hitman 3 374% 374%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 233% 233%
The Medium 355% 355%
Resident Evil 8 265% 265%
FIFA 21 84% 84%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 223% 223%
Grand Theft Auto VI 413% 413%
Genshin Impact 265% 265%
Far Cry 6 427% 427%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the HD 6850 and the Radeon HD 6850 are equal.

The HD 6850 and the Radeon HD 6850 have both the same core clock speed and the same Texture Fill Rate. 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 and the Radeon HD 6850 have both the same core clock speed and the same Pixel Fill Rate. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon HD 6850 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 Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 6850 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 6850 are the same, which means the HD 6850 and the Radeon HD 6850 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

Both the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 6850 have 960 Shader Processing Units. Having the same number of SPUs and using the same architecture means that the performance they offer can be compared by looking at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the two GPUs have extremely similar stats, so any gaming performance difference would most likely be negligible.

The Radeon HD 6850 requires 127 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 500 Watts for the Radeon HD 6850. 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 Speed775 MHzvs775 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Barts ProTerascale 2 Barts Pro
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Oct 2010vs22 Oct 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth128GB/secvs128GB/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 Units960vs960
Actual Shader Performance18%vs18%
Texture Mapping Units48vs48
Texture Rate37.2 GTexel/svs37.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate24.8 GPixel/svs24.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-127 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs500 Watts & 25 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1680x1050vs1680x1050

Gaming Performance Value

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Performance Value

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.
Radeon HD 6850 is a Performance GPU part of the Radeon HD 6000 Series based on the Southern Islands 40nm architecture. The Barts Pro core comes packed with 960 Shader Processing Units, 48TMUs and a nice count of 32 ROPs, since the card features a 256-bit memory interface. The central unit is clocked at 775Mhz and Memory clocked at 100Mhz. HD 6850 features fast GDDR5 Memory, and has the required bandwidth for Full HD gaming, although Modern Demanding games like Crysis 3 will need lowered AA techniques to achieve a playable frame rate.
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