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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition FirePro W8000
Cyberpunk 2077 232% 165%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 204% 142%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 194% 135%
Grand Theft Auto VI 368% 273%
FIFA 21 68% 34%
Genshin Impact 232% 165%
Far Cry 6 381% 284%
Hitman 3 332% 245%
Watch Dogs Legion 221% 156%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 376% 280%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD FirePro W8000 are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition.

The FirePro W8000 was released over a year more recently than the HD 5850, and so the FirePro W8000 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 5850.

The FirePro W8000 has 3072 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 FirePro W8000 also has superior memory performance overall.

The FirePro W8000 has 48 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 5850, which means that the memory performance of the FirePro W8000 is noticeably better than the HD 5850.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the FirePro W8000 has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 522 and the actual shader performance of the FirePro W8000 is 1048. The FirePro W8000 having 526 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the FirePro W8000 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 5850.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts to run and the FirePro W8000 requires 225 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850. The FirePro W8000 requires 74 Watts more than the HD 5850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the FirePro W8000 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 5850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed725 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROTahiti Pro
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date30 Sep 2009vs14 Jun 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1375 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth128GB/secvs176GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1440vs1792
Actual Shader Performance25%vs50%
Texture Mapping Units72vs-
Texture Rate52.2 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units32vs-
Pixel Rate23.2 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power151 Wattsvs225 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHz-
Recommended RAM8 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End RRadeon HD 5850, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit runs at the same speed.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer Remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System is now the Twin Frozr II Thermal Design, which is 12? cooler compared to reference cooling.

Without any overclocking out of the box, Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition is as fast as the reference Radeon HD 5850.
FirePro W8000 is a server GPU based on the 28nm GCN architecture.
It's based on the Tahiti Pro Core (same used on 7950) and therefore offers 1792 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs on a 256-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked at 900MHz while the memory clock operates at 1375MHZ.
Compared to Radeon HD 7950, its central unit is slightly higher clocked but comes equipped with a 256-bit bus width (against 7950's 384-bit) and so it features less memory bandwidth.
Overall, its gaming performance is considerably lower than Radeon HD 7950 because Radeon HD 7950 benefits from certified gaming drivers which unlock the GCN's architecture potential while FirePro W8000 is made for professional applications. Therefore, expect its performance to be between 10% and 15% worse than Radeon HD 7950.
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