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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 250E Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 414% 265%
Hitman 3 568% 374%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 370% 233%
Resident Evil 8 414% 265%
FIFA 21 159% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 623% 413%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 355% 223%
The Medium 541% 355%
Genshin Impact 414% 265%
Far Cry 6 643% 427%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R7 250E.

The Radeon R7 250E has a 25 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6850, but the HD 6850 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R7 250E. As a result, the HD 6850 exhibits a 11.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 250E. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon R7 250E has a 25 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6850, but the HD 6850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R7 250E. As a result, the HD 6850 exhibits a 12 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 250E. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R7 250E was released over three years more recently than the HD 6850, and so the Radeon R7 250E 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 Radeon R7 250E and the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition 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 56 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 250E, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6850 is much better than the Radeon R7 250E.

The Radeon R7 250E has 512 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition has 960. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 250E is 348 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6850 is 372. The HD 6850 having 24 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 6850 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R7 250E.

The Radeon R7 250E transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6850. This means that the Radeon R7 250E is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6850.

The Radeon R7 250E requires 55 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the Radeon R7 250E and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6850. The HD 6850 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the Radeon R7 250E. The difference is significant enough that the HD 6850 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R7 250E.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed800 MHzvs775 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Cape Verde PROTerascale 2 Barts Pro
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date20 Dec 2013vs01 Oct 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
7.9
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1600x900
6
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7
1920x1080
4.6
vs green tick
5.5
2560x1440
3
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3.7
3840x2160
2.1
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth72GB/secvs128GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units512vs960
Actual Shader Performance17%vs18%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs48
Texture Rate25.6 GTexel/svs37.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate12.8 GPixel/svs24.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power55 Watts-
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 27 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1680x1050

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R7 250E is a Fast-Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off.
GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Cape Verde PRO which has 8 Compute Units activated and thus offers 512 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 800MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1125MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 55W, it requires at least a 400W PSU and relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
Radeon R7 250E is a direct rebrand of Radeon HD 7750 and performs exactly like it.

System Suggestions
Radeon R7 250E is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We recommend a Decent Processor (Intel Core i3 Quad Core/AMD FX Quad Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Radeon 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.
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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