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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition GeForce GTX 650 Ti
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 GTX 650 Ti are equal.

The GTX 650 Ti has a 153 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6850. This results in the GTX 650 Ti providing 22.2 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 650 Ti has a 153 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6850, but the HD 6850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 650 Ti. As a result, the HD 6850 exhibits a 10 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 650 Ti. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 650 Ti was released over a year more recently than the HD 6850, and so the GTX 650 Ti is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 6850.

The Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 650 Ti have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 6850 has 41.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 650 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6850 is noticeably better than the GTX 650 Ti.

The Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition has 960 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 650 Ti has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 6850 is 372 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 Ti is 713. The GTX 650 Ti having 341 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 6850 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GTX 650 Ti transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6850. This means that the GTX 650 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6850. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GTX 650 Ti should consume less power than the HD 6850.

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti requires 110 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 400 Watts for the GTX 650 Ti. The HD 6850 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the GTX 650 Ti. The difference is significant enough that the HD 6850 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 650 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed775 MHzvs928 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Barts ProKepler GK106-220-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date01 Oct 2010vs09 Oct 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1350 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth128GB/secvs86.4GB/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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units960vs768
Actual Shader Performance18%vs34%
Texture Mapping Units48vs64
Texture Rate37.2 GTexel/svs59.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate24.8 GPixel/svs14.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-110 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs400 Watts & 29 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 i5-3450 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 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.
GeForce GTX 650 Ti is a fast-middle-class GFX based on the Kepler GK106 Core and successor to previous GeForce GTX 550 Ti.
Based on the Kepler GK106 Core, GeForce GTX 650 Ti features 768 Cuda Cores equipped with fast GDDR5 on a 128-bit memory interface. The Central Clock is set at 928MHz and the memory clock runs at 1350MHz. As everyone knows, the Kepler GK106 offers great overclock-ability so expect to see a lot of variants of GeForce GTX 650 Ti with central clocks of over 1000MHz.
The performance, when compared to previous GeForce GTX 550 Ti is over 30% better, the price is average and benchmarks indicate modern demanding games can be played smoothly at the highest settings while extremely demanding games are playable at high settings with modest resolutions smoothly.
Note: Please beware that GeForce GTX 650 Ti DOES NOT support SLI.
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