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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition Radeon R7 250 2GB
Red Dead Redemption 2 197% 386%
Halo: Reach 6% 55%
Cyberpunk 2077 308% 568%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 197% 386%
Doom Eternal 155% 318%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 308% 568%
Grand Theft Auto VI 354% 643%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 83% 200%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 308% 568%
Need For Speed Heat 197% 386%

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 R7 250 2GB.

The R7 250 has a 235 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 250. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 31.1 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R7 250. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R7 250 has a 235 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 24 more Render Output Units than the R7 250. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 16.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R7 250. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R7 250 was released over three years more recently than the HD 5850, and so the R7 250 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 R7 250 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 5850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 5850 has 70.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 250, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is much better than the R7 250.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 250 2GB has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 551 and the actual shader performance of the R7 250 is 343. The HD 5850 having 208 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 R7 250.

The R7 250 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5850. This means that the R7 250 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 Radeon R7 250 2GB requires 65 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 R7 250. The HD 5850 requires 86 Watts more than the R7 250 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 R7 250.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed765 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1050 MHz
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROGCN 1.1 Oland XT
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date13 Apr 2010vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
7.9
1600x900
7.6
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6
1920x1080
6
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4.6
2560x1440
4.1
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3
3840x2160 - vs green tick
2.1

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs1150 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth144GB/secvs73.6GB/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 Units1440vs384
Actual Shader Performance27%vs17%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs24
Texture Rate55.1 GTexel/svs24 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs8
Pixel Rate24.5 GPixel/svs8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power151 Wattsvs65 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 40 Ampsvs400 Watts & 20 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX11.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

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.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 6% performance over the reference Radeon HD 5850 1GB.
Note: This Graphics Card has 2 variants: one with DDR3 and another with GDDR5. This is the GDDR5 Version.

Radeon R7 250 2GB offers a GCN 1.1 Core codenamed Oland PRO and thus features 384 Shader Processing Units, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 128-bit bus width of fast GDDR5. While the central unit runs at 1000MHz and goes up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1150MHz.
The 2GB frame buffer will not boost its performance and can be addressed as a gimmick - marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.
With a rated board TDP of 65W, it requires no extra power connectors.

Its performance is overall similar to previous Radeon HD 7750 and up to 10% faster than the DDR3 v2 version. However, at lower resolutions, both cards offer similar performance.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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