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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition GeForce 9800 GTX SLI
Red Dead Redemption 2 197% 382%
Cyberpunk 2077 308% 562%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 83% 197%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 308% 562%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 197% 382%
Doom Eternal 155% 314%
FIFA 20 58% 157%
Grand Theft Auto VI 354% 636%
Need For Speed Heat 197% 382%
Halo: Reach 6% 53%

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 9800 GTX SLI.

The HD 5850 has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed than the 9800 GTX, but the 9800 GTX has 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 5850. As a result, the 9800 GTX exhibits a 20.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 5850. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 5850 has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed than the 9800 GTX and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 5850 providing 2.9 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 HD 5850 was released over a year more recently than the 9800 GTX, and so the HD 5850 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the 9800 GTX.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition and the GeForce 9800 GTX SLI 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 3.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 9800 GTX, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is marginally better than the 9800 GTX.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 9800 GTX SLI has 128. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 551 and the actual shader performance of the 9800 GTX is 86. The HD 5850 having 465 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5850 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 9800 GTX.

The HD 5850 transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 9800 GTX. This means that the HD 5850 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 9800 GTX.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts to run and the GeForce 9800 GTX SLI requires 280 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the 9800 GTX. The 9800 GTX requires 129 Watts more than the HD 5850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the 9800 GTX may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 5850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed765 MHzvs675 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROG92 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date13 Apr 2010vs01 Apr 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs1100 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth144GB/secvs140.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1440vs128
Actual Shader Performance27%vs4%
Texture Mapping Units72vs112
Texture Rate55.1 GTexel/svs75.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate24.5 GPixel/svs21.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power151 Wattsvs280 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 40 Ampsvs600 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs3.0
Open GL4.3vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs6 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1366x768

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Performance Value

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.

Benchmarks indicate a 6% performance over the reference Radeon HD 5850 1GB.
The SLI setup of GeForce 9800 GTX.
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