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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game FirePro S9150 Radeon HD 6850 PowerColor Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 62% 265%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 48% 233%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 44% 223%
Grand Theft Auto VI 128% 413%
FIFA 21 18% 84%
Genshin Impact 62% 265%
Far Cry 6 135% 427%
Hitman 3 111% 374%
Watch Dogs Legion 57% 252%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 133% 423%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD FirePro S9150 are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 6850 PowerColor Edition.

The FirePro S9150 has a 125 MHz higher core clock speed and 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6850. This results in the FirePro S9150 providing 121.2 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 FirePro S9150 has a 125 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the HD 6850. This results in the FirePro S9150 providing 32.8 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 PowerColor Edition has 960. However, the actual shader performance of the FirePro S9150 is 2534 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6850 is 372. The FirePro S9150 having 2162 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 and the Radeon HD 6850 PowerColor Edition requires 127 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6850, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the FirePro S9150. The FirePro S9150 requires 108 Watts more than the HD 6850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the FirePro S9150 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 6850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs775 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 Nov 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1920x1080 - vs green tick
5.5
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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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs960
Actual Shader Performance100%vs18%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units176vs48
Texture Rate158.4 GTexel/svs37.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate57.6 GPixel/svs24.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power235 Wattsvs127 Watts
Recommended PSU-500 Watts & 25 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX11.2vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.2vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

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 PowerColor Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 6850. See its page for more information about it.
Compared to the Radeon HD 6850, this Special Edition has exactly the same specifications and we do not know of any special features that might boost its performance or any other tweaks, such as an improved cooling system.
Therefore, the performance is EXACTLY like the standard Radeon HD 6850 and enough to run today's demanding games at maximum settings while Very Demanding games like Metro 2033 or Max Payne 3, will probably require reduced settings to run smoothly.
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