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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition GeForce GTX 480 MSI Lightning Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 197% 117%
Halo: Reach 6% 31%
Cyberpunk 2077 308% 198%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 197% 117%
Doom Eternal 155% 86%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 308% 198%
Grand Theft Auto VI 354% 231%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 83% 34%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 308% 198%
Need For Speed Heat 197% 117%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 MSI Lightning Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition.

The HD 5850 has a 15 MHz higher core clock speed and 12 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 480. This results in the HD 5850 providing 10.1 GTexel/s better texturing performance. 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 15 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 480, but the GTX 480 has 16 more Render Output Units than the HD 5850. As a result, the GTX 480 exhibits a 11.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 5850. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 480 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 GTX 480 has 512 MB more video memory than the HD 5850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 480 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 480 has 48 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 5850, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 480 is noticeably better than the HD 5850.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 480 MSI Lightning Edition has 480. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 551 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 480 is 720. The GTX 480 having 169 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 480 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 5850.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 480 MSI Lightning Edition requires 250 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 GTX 480. The GTX 480 requires 99 Watts more than the HD 5850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 480 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 MHzvs750 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROFermi GF100-375-A3
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date13 Apr 2010vs20 Sep 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
7.6
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8.9
1920x1080
6
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7
2560x1440
4.1
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4.9
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1536 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth144GB/secvs192GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1440vs480
Actual Shader Performance27%vs35%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs60
Texture Rate55.1 GTexel/svs45 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs48
Pixel Rate24.5 GPixel/svs36 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 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 40 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 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 i7-875K Quad 2.93GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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 GTX 480 MSI Lightning Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 480, created by MSI.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit is now of 750MHz, instead of 701MHz while the Operating Memory Clock was increased to 1000MHz.

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

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the reference GeForce GTX 480.
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