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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition GeForce GTX 280
Cyberpunk 2077 265% 274%
Hitman 3 374% 386%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 233% 242%
Resident Evil 8 265% 274%
FIFA 21 84% 88%
Grand Theft Auto VI 413% 426%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 223% 231%
Genshin Impact 265% 274%
The Medium 355% 366%
Far Cry 6 427% 440%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 280.

The HD 6850 has a 173 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 280, but the GeForce GTX 280 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6850. As a result, the GeForce GTX 280 exhibits a 11 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 6850. 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 173 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 280 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 6850 providing 5.5 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 6850 was released over a year more recently than the GeForce GTX 280, and so the HD 6850 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GeForce GTX 280.

The Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 280 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GeForce GTX 280 has 13.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 6850, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 280 is slightly better than the HD 6850.

The Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition has 960 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 280 has 240. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 6850 is 372 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 280 is 332. The HD 6850 having 40 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce GTX 280 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 6850 transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 280. This means that the HD 6850 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 280. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the HD 6850 should consume less power than the GeForce GTX 280.

The GeForce GTX 280 requires 236 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 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 280. The GeForce GTX 280 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the HD 6850. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 280 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 6850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed775 MHzvs602 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Barts ProTesla G200-302-A2
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Oct 2010vs16 Jun 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

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1600x900
7
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1920x1080
5.5
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2560x1440
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1107 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth128GB/secvs141.7GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units960vs240
Actual Shader Performance18%vs16%
Technology40nmvs65nm
Texture Mapping Units48vs80
Texture Rate37.2 GTexel/svs48.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate24.8 GPixel/svs19.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-236 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs550 Watts & 40 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX11.0vs10.0
Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.3vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHzvsIntel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs6 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1680x1050vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

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.
Overview
GeForce GTX 280 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Architecture
Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed G200-302-A2 which has 10 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 240 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 602MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 512-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1107MHz.

Features
DirectX 10.0 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 236W, it requires at least a 550W PSU and it requires at least two 6-pin available connectors.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its performance on average with the lower positioned GeForce GTX 275.
It is therefore even faster than the Fermi based GeForce GTX 460 768MB.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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