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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game FirePro S9150 Radeon HD 6850 MSI OC 8cm PWM Fan Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 62% 257%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 48% 227%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 44% 216%
Hitman 3 111% 365%
Grand Theft Auto VI 128% 403%
FIFA 21 18% 80%
Far Cry 6 135% 417%
Genshin Impact 62% 257%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 133% 412%
Watch Dogs Legion 57% 245%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD FirePro S9150 are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 6850 MSI OC 8cm PWM Fan Edition.

The FirePro S9150 has a 100 MHz higher core clock speed and 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6850. This results in the FirePro S9150 providing 120 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 FirePro S9150 has a 100 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the HD 6850. This results in the FirePro S9150 providing 32 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 FirePro S9150 was released over three years more recently than the HD 6850, and so the FirePro S9150 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 6850 when running the latest games.

The FirePro S9150 has 15360 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 FirePro S9150 also has superior memory performance overall.

The FirePro S9150 has 192 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 6850, which means that the memory performance of the FirePro S9150 is massively better than the HD 6850.

The FirePro S9150 has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6850 MSI OC 8cm PWM Fan Edition has 960. However, the actual shader performance of the FirePro S9150 is 2534 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6850 is 384. The FirePro S9150 having 2150 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the FirePro S9150 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 6850.

The FirePro S9150 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6850. This means that the FirePro S9150 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6850.

The FirePro S9150 requires 235 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6850 MSI OC 8cm PWM Fan Edition.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 2.0 Hawaii XT GLTerascale 2 Barts Pro
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 Aug 2014vs01 Oct 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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1600x900 - vs green tick
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
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GPU Memory

Memory16384 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth320GB/secvs128GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs960
Actual Shader Performance100%vs18%
Texture Mapping Units176vs48
Texture Rate158.4 GTexel/svs38.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate57.6 GPixel/svs25.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power235 Watts-
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.2vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Xeon E7-8890 v2vsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution5760x1600vs1680x1050

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewFirePro S9150 is a server GPU based on the 28nm GCN architecture.

It's based on the Hawaii XT Core (same used on Radeon R9 290X) and therefore offers 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs on a 512-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked 900MHz while the memory clock operates at 1250MHZ.

Compared to Radeon R9 290X, its central unit is slightly lower and overall its gaming performance is lower than Radeon R9 290X because the latter benefits from certified gaming drivers which unlock the GCN's architecture potential while FirePro S9150 is made for professional applications. Therefore, expect its performance to be between 10% and 15% worse than Radeon R9 290X.
Radeon HD 6850 MSI OC 8cm PWM Fan Edition is a special edition of the Radeon HD 6850. See the page of the standard edition for more information about it.
The new features include an increase in the core-clock that went from 775MHz to 800MHz a 8cm PWM Fan is also featured to keep the temperatures low.
The performance increase is about 1.5% according to benchmarks and so and so even the most demanding games are playable at high settings but not with extreme resolutions and extreme technologies due to the limited memory size.
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