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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition GeForce GT 740 v2 Gainward 1GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 197% 381%
Halo: Reach 6% 53%
Cyberpunk 2077 308% 561%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 197% 381%
Doom Eternal 155% 313%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 308% 561%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 89% 81%
Grand Theft Auto VI 354% 635%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 308% 561%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 83% 197%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 740 v2 Gainward 1GB Edition.

The GT 740 has a 228 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the GT 740. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 23.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GT 740. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 740 has a 228 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GT 740. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 8.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 740. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 740 was released over three years more recently than the HD 5850, and so the GT 740 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 5850 when running the latest games.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition and the GeForce GT 740 v2 Gainward 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 5850 has 64 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 740, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is much better than the GT 740.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GT 740 v2 Gainward 1GB Edition has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 551 and the actual shader performance of the GT 740 is 381. The HD 5850 having 170 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5850 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 740.

The GT 740 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5850. This means that the GT 740 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5850.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts to run and the GeForce GT 740 v2 Gainward 1GB Edition requires 64 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GT 740. The HD 5850 requires 87 Watts more than the GT 740 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 5850 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GT 740.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed765 MHzvs993 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROKepler GK107-425-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date13 Apr 2010vs29 May 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
7.6
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5.6
1920x1080
6
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4.7
2560x1440
4.1
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3
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2.1

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth144GB/secvs80GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1440vs384
Actual Shader Performance27%vs18%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs32
Texture Rate55.1 GTexel/svs31.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate24.5 GPixel/svs15.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power151 Wattsvs64 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 40 Ampsvs400 Watts & 20 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX11.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i3-4360 3.7GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 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.
GeForce GT 740 v2 Gainward 1GB Edition is a special edition of the middle-class GeForce GT 740 v2.
This edition comes with a custom cooling solution which will not yield any performance boost, as GeForce GT 740 v2 does not benefit from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology.
Since it doesn't come overclocked out of the box, its performance is exactly like the reference GeForce GT 740 and thus GeForce GTX 650 is still faster.
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