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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition Radeon HD 7850
Halo: Reach 57% 18%
Cyberpunk 2077 84% 254%
Red Dead Redemption 2 34% 158%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 17% 59%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 34% 158%
Doom Eternal 15% 122%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 84% 254%
Grand Theft Auto VI 105% 294%
FIFA 20 29% 37%
Need For Speed Heat 34% 158%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7850.

The Radeon HD 7850 has a 230 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 590, but the GTX 590 has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 7850. As a result, the GTX 590 exhibits a 25.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon HD 7850. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon HD 7850 has a 230 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 590, but the GTX 590 has 64 more Render Output Units than the Radeon HD 7850. As a result, the GTX 590 exhibits a 33 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon HD 7850. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon HD 7850 was released less than a year after the GTX 590, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 590 has 1024 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 7850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 590 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 590 has 178.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 7850, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 590 is massively better than the Radeon HD 7850.

Both the GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition and the Radeon HD 7850 have 1024 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GTX 590 is 1290 and by the Radeon HD 7850 is 749. Knowing that the shader performance of the GTX 590 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The Radeon HD 7850 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 590. This means that the Radeon HD 7850 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 590.

The GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition requires 365 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 7850 requires 130 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Radeon HD 7850. The GTX 590 requires 235 Watts more than the Radeon HD 7850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 590 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon HD 7850.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed630 MHzvs860 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF110-351-A1GCN 1.0 Pitcairn PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date24 Mar 2011vs19 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
10
1600x900
10
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8.3
1920x1080
8.9
green tick vs
6.4
2560x1440
6.6
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4.7
3840x2160 - vs green tick
2.9

GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed864 MHzvs1200 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth331.8GB/secvs153.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs1024
Actual Shader Performance62%vs36%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs64
Texture Rate80.6 GTexel/svs55 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs32
Pixel Rate60.5 GPixel/svs27.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power365 Wattsvs130 Watts
Recommended PSU700 Watts & 46 Ampsvs500 Watts & 20 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHzvsIntel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper is a special edition of the dual-graphics solution GeForce GTX 590.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that went from 608MHz to 630MHz and in the operating memory clock, which is now of 864MHz. Furthermore, it features a new cooling system which keeps the card cool under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the reference card and so it proves to be faster than GeForce GTX 680.
Radeon HD 7850 is a high-end GPU based on 28nm GCN architecture.
It's based on the Pitcairn Core (Pro variant) and therefore offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs on a 256-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked at 860MHz while the memory clock operates at 1200MHZ.
It offers great performance, almost on level with previously acclaimed Radeon HD 6970. Therefore, most demanding games are playable at the highest settings with fluent frame rates, using a 1080p resolution.
Radeon HD 7850 was elected the best GPU of 2012 by the GD community, thanks to its accessible price and outstanding performance.
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