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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 240 MSI Low Profile 2GB Edition Radeon HD 3850 AGP
Red Dead Redemption 2 739% 937%
Doom Eternal 622% 791%
Cyberpunk 2077 1053% 1324%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 739% 937%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 418% 540%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1053% 1324%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1053% 1324%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1182% 1484%
Need For Speed Heat 739% 937%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 68% 60%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 240 MSI Low Profile 2GB Edition are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 3850 AGP.

The R7 240 has a 62 MHz higher core clock speed and 4 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 3850. This results in the R7 240 providing 3.9 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 R7 240 has a 62 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 3850, but the HD 3850 has 8 more Render Output Units than the R7 240. As a result, the HD 3850 exhibits a 4.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R7 240. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R7 240 was released over three years more recently than the HD 3850, and so the R7 240 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 3850 when running the latest games.

The R7 240 has 1536 MB more video memory than the HD 3850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 3850 has 24.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 240, which means that the memory performance of the HD 3850 is slightly better than the R7 240.

Both the Radeon R7 240 MSI Low Profile 2GB Edition and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP have 320 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the HD 3850 is 214 and by the R7 240 is 214. Knowing that the shader performance of the HD 3850 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The R7 240 transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 3850. This means that the R7 240 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 3850.

The Radeon R7 240 MSI Low Profile 2GB Edition requires 35 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP requires 75 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the R7 240 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 3850. The HD 3850 requires 40 Watts more than the R7 240 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 3850 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 240.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed730 MHzvs668 MHz
Boost Clock780 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Oland PRORV670 PRO
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date16 Oct 2013vs03 Jan 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
6.4
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1600x900
4.9
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1920x1080
3.1
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2560x1440
2.3
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3840x2160
1.5
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs830 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/secvs53.1GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units320vs320
Actual Shader Performance10%vs10%
Technology28nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units20vs16
Texture Rate14.6 GTexel/svs10.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs16
Pixel Rate5.8 GPixel/svs10.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power35 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 20 Ampsvs450 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10.1
Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.4vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R7 240 MSI Low Profile 2GB Edition is a special edition of the middle-class Radeon R7 240 2GB.
This edition is essentially a smaller version of the reference card with no overclock out of the box and thus there is no performance boost over the standard edition.
Radeon HD 3850 AGP is a variant of the high-end Radeon HD 3850 based on the 55nm, second unified shader architecture, R600. Check its page to know more about its Core.
Compared to Radeon HD 3850, it features twice as much video memory and an AGP 8X Bus Interface. Benchmarks indicate the double sized frame buffer benefits this GPU largely and so its performance is up to 8% better than the reference Radeon HD 3850.
Today's modern games should run fluently at medium settings but with modest resolutions. DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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