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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition GeForce GTS 450 MSI Cyclone 1GB Edition
Halo: Reach 6% 57%
Cyberpunk 2077 308% 581%
Red Dead Redemption 2 197% 395%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 83% 206%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 197% 395%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 308% 581%
Doom Eternal 155% 326%
Grand Theft Auto VI 354% 657%
FIFA 20 58% 164%
Need For Speed Heat 197% 395%

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 GTS 450 MSI Cyclone 1GB Edition.

The GTS 450 has a 85 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTS 450. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 27.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTS 450. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTS 450 has a 85 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTS 450. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 10.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTS 450. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTS 450 was released less than a year after the HD 5850, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition and the GeForce GTS 450 MSI Cyclone 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 81.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTS 450, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is much better than the GTS 450.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTS 450 MSI Cyclone 1GB Edition has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 551 and the actual shader performance of the GTS 450 is 326. The HD 5850 having 225 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 GTS 450.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts to run and the GeForce GTS 450 MSI Cyclone 1GB Edition requires 106 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 GTS 450. The HD 5850 requires 45 Watts more than the GTS 450 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 5850 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTS 450.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed765 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROFermi GF106-250-KA-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date13 Apr 2010vs13 Sep 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
7.6
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6.1
1920x1080
6
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4.6
2560x1440
4.1
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs980 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth144GB/secvs62.7GB/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 Units1440vs192
Actual Shader Performance27%vs16%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs32
Texture Rate55.1 GTexel/svs27.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate24.5 GPixel/svs13.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power151 Wattsvs106 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 40 Ampsvs400 Watts & 29 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i3-560 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs4 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.
Overview
GeForce GTS 450 MSI Cyclone 1GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's fast-middle-class GeForce GTS 450, created by MSI.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit is now of 850MHz, instead of 783MHz while the Operating Memory Clock was increased to 980MHz.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System was replaced by MSI's Cyclone Thermal Design which means the Graphics Card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 8% performance boost over the reference GeForce GTS 450.
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