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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition Radeon HD 7720
Red Dead Redemption 2 197% 382%
Cyberpunk 2077 308% 562%
Doom Eternal 155% 314%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 83% 197%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 197% 382%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 308% 562%
FIFA 20 58% 157%
Grand Theft Auto VI 354% 636%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 308% 562%
Need For Speed Heat 197% 382%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7720.

The Radeon HD 7720 has a 75 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 7720. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 21.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon HD 7720. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon HD 7720 has a 75 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon HD 7720 providing 2.4 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 Radeon HD 7720 was released over a year more recently than the HD 5850, and so the Radeon HD 7720 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 5850.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 7720 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 5850 has 9.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 7720, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is marginally better than the Radeon HD 7720.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7720 has 800. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 551 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 7720 is 336. The HD 5850 having 215 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5850 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 7720.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 7720 requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Radeon HD 7720. The HD 5850 requires 1 Watts more than the Radeon HD 7720 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the HD 5850 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Radeon HD 7720.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed765 MHzvs840 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROTerascale 2 Barts LE
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date13 Apr 2010vs31 Mar 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
7.6
1600x900
7.6
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5.9
1920x1080
6
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4.5
2560x1440
4.1
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2.9
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth144GB/secvs134.4GB/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 Units1440vs800
Actual Shader Performance27%vs16%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs40
Texture Rate55.1 GTexel/svs33.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate24.5 GPixel/svs26.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power151 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 40 Ampsvs500 Watts & 25 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Celeron G1620 2.7GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs6 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End Radeon HD 5850 1GB, created by XFX.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 765MHz, instead of 725MHz while the Memory Clock is now of 1125MHz.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System has been replaced by XFX's custom-designed Thermal Design, meaning the Graphics Card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 6% performance over the reference Radeon HD 5850 1GB.
Radeon HD 7720 is a fast-middle-class GFX that's still based on the 40nm, Terascale 2 architecture.
It's based on the Barts LE Core and offers 800 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 840MHz and the memory clock operates at 1050MHz.
Therefore, it's a renamed Radeon HD 6790 and will offer exactly the same performance.
As based on the Barts LE Core, it performs better than Radeon HD 7750 (which goes against the naming) but falls behind Radeon HD 7770. It's expected to consume 150 Watt - more than Radeon HD 7750/Radeon HD 7770 and heat more, due to the higher manufacturing process. As based on the Terascale 2 architecture, it will not have nearly as much driver support as the GCN based GPUs.
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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