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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition GeForce GTX 470
Red Dead Redemption 2 197% 182%
Cyberpunk 2077 308% 287%
Doom Eternal 155% 142%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 83% 74%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 197% 182%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 308% 287%
FIFA 20 58% 50%
Grand Theft Auto VI 354% 330%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 308% 287%
Need For Speed Heat 197% 182%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition.

The HD 5850 has a 158 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 470. This results in the HD 5850 providing 21.1 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 158 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 470. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the HD 5850 manages to provide 0.2 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 less than a year after the GeForce GTX 470, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 470 has 256 MB more video memory than the HD 5850, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 5850 has 10.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 470, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is slightly better than the GeForce GTX 470.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 470 has 448. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 551 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 470 is 544. The HD 5850 having 7 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5850 delivers a slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 470.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 470 requires 215 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 470. The GeForce GTX 470 requires 64 Watts more than the HD 5850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 470 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 MHzvs607 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROFermi GF100-275-A3
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date13 Apr 2010vs01 Mar 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
10
1600x900
7.6
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7.9
1920x1080
6
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6.1
2560x1440
4.1
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4.4
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1280 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs837 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs320 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth144GB/secvs133.9GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 640 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1440vs448
Actual Shader Performance27%vs26%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs56
Texture Rate55.1 GTexel/svs34 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs40
Pixel Rate24.5 GPixel/svs24.3 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 Wattsvs215 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 40 Ampsvs550 Watts & 38 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 i7-930 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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 GTX 470 is a high-end GPU based on the 40nm Fermi architecture.
It's based on the Fermi GF100 Core and offers 480 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 40 ROPs. The central unit runs at 607MHz and the memory clock operates at 837MHz.
Compared to GeForce GTX 480, it delivers considerably worse performance due to the lower SPU count and lower clocked central unit and therefore also lower Shaders speed.
Most modern demanding games will run at the highest settings using a 1080p resolution. However, some will require reduced settings to be played optimally.
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