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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7850 HIS Fan 2GB Edition Radeon R7 260
Halo: Reach 18% 3%
Cyberpunk 2077 254% 345%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 59% 100%
Red Dead Redemption 2 158% 224%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 158% 224%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 254% 345%
Doom Eternal 122% 179%
Grand Theft Auto VI 294% 395%
FIFA 20 37% 73%
Need For Speed Heat 158% 224%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7850 HIS Fan 2GB Edition are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon R7 260.

The Radeon R7 260 has a 140 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7850, but the HD 7850 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R7 260. As a result, the HD 7850 exhibits a 7 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 260. 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 260 has a 140 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7850, but the HD 7850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R7 260. As a result, the HD 7850 exhibits a 11.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 260. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R7 260 was released over a year more recently than the HD 7850, and so the Radeon R7 260 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 7850.

The Radeon HD 7850 HIS Fan 2GB Edition and the Radeon R7 260 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 7850 has 57.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 260, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7850 is much better than the Radeon R7 260.

The Radeon HD 7850 HIS Fan 2GB Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 260 has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7850 is 749 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 260 is 653. The HD 7850 having 96 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7850 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R7 260.

The Radeon HD 7850 HIS Fan 2GB Edition requires 130 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260 requires 95 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7850 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 260. The HD 7850 requires 35 Watts more than the Radeon R7 260 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7850 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R7 260.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed860 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Pitcairn PROGCN 1.1 Bonaire PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Great
Release Date06 Mar 2012vs17 Dec 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
9.7
1600x900
8.3
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7.5
1920x1080
6.4
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5.7
2560x1440
4.7
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4
3840x2160
2.9
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2.4

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1200 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth153.6GB/secvs96GB/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 Units1024vs768
Actual Shader Performance36%vs31%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs48
Texture Rate55 GTexel/svs48 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate27.5 GPixel/svs16 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power130 Wattsvs95 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 35 Ampsvs450 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3330 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 7850 HIS Fan 2GB Edition is a special edition of the powerful Radeon HD 7850. See the standard version for more information about it.

The main difference is a new efficient cooling system.
Compared to the standard edition, the performance should be the same as there are no changes that affect its gaming performance directly.
Radeon R7 260 is a fast-middle-class graphics card based on the Second Revision of the GCN architecture. It packs a Core codenamed Bonaire PRO.
The Bonaire PRO is a cut-down version of the Bonaire XT Core used on Radeon HD 7790. It comes with 14 Compute Units and thus offers 768 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 16 ROPs. This, on a 128-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. Compared to the Bonaire XT Core, it has support for DirectX 11.2 and has support for AMD's TrueAudio Technology.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is around 10% slower than Radeon HD 7790 and a little over that when taking Radeon R7 260X as a reference.
The card proves to be very inefficient seeing as it has a higher rated TDP board than Radeon HD 7790 and its release price of $109 makes Radeon HD 7850 a better option.
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