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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 8850M FirePro W4170M
Cyberpunk 2077 528% 481%
Hitman 3 717% 655%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 474% 431%
Resident Evil 8 528% 481%
FIFA 21 217% 193%
Grand Theft Auto VI 783% 717%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 456% 414%
The Medium 683% 625%
Genshin Impact 528% 481%
Far Cry 6 808% 740%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD FirePro W4170M are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 8850M.

The FirePro W4170M has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 8850M, but the Radeon HD 8850M has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the FirePro W4170M. As a result, the Radeon HD 8850M exhibits a 5.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the FirePro W4170M. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The FirePro W4170M has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 8850M, but the Radeon HD 8850M has 8 more Render Output Units than the FirePro W4170M. As a result, the Radeon HD 8850M exhibits a 3.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the FirePro W4170M. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The FirePro W4170M was released over a year more recently than the Radeon HD 8850M, and so the FirePro W4170M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon HD 8850M.

The Radeon HD 8850M and the FirePro W4170M have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The FirePro W4170M has 40 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 8850M, which means that the memory performance of the FirePro W4170M is noticeably better than the Radeon HD 8850M.

The Radeon HD 8850M has 640 Shader Processing Units and the FirePro W4170M has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 8850M is 496 and the actual shader performance of the FirePro W4170M is 294. The Radeon HD 8850M having 202 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the FirePro W4170M performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon HD 8850M requires 45 Watts to run and the FirePro W4170M requires 50 Watts. The FirePro W4170M requires 5 Watts more than the Radeon HD 8850M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the FirePro W4170M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Radeon HD 8850M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed625 MHzvs825 MHz
Boost Clock775 MHzvs900 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Venus PROGCN 1.1 Mars XTX
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date01 Apr 2013vs28 Apr 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1125 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs72GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs green tick 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs384
Actual Shader Performance24%vs14%
Texture Mapping Units40vs24
Texture Rate25 GTexel/svs19.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs8
Pixel Rate10 GPixel/svs6.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power45 Wattsvs50 Watts
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GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.2vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3360M 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i5-4340M 2.9GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 8850M is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the GCN Architecture.

The GCN 1.1 Release adds support for AMD's TrueAudio Technology which does calculations of audio effects "better" than the CPU and further improves the Powertune Technology.

It equips a GPU codenamed Venus PRO which has 10 Compute Units activated and thus offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Operates at 625MHz and goes up to 775MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The memory clock operates at 1000MHz.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Crossfire, PowerTune Technology, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, HD3D, ZeroCore Power and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 45W, it is suited for 17" or larger laptops.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above NVIDIA's GeForce GT 750M.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Decent Processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon HD 8850M.
FirePro W4170M is a Professional Graphics Card based on the 28nm GCN architecture.
It's based on the GCN 1.1 Mars XTX and therefore offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs on a 128-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked 825MHz and goes up to 900MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1125MHZ.
Its performance lies somewhere between desktop Radeon R7 240 and Radeon R7 250.
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