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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition Radeon HD 6790 XFX 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 232% 335%
Hitman 3 332% 465%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 204% 298%
The Medium 315% 442%
Resident Evil 8 232% 335%
FIFA 21 68% 119%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 194% 285%
Grand Theft Auto VI 368% 512%
Genshin Impact 232% 335%
Far Cry 6 381% 529%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 6790 XFX 1GB Edition.

The HD 6790 has a 115 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6790. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 18.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 6790. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 6790 has a 115 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the HD 6790. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 9.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 6790. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 6790 was released over a year more recently than the HD 5850, and so the HD 6790 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 Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 6790 XFX 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 6790 has 6.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 5850, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6790 is marginally better than the HD 5850.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6790 XFX 1GB Edition has 800. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 522 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6790 is 336. The HD 5850 having 186 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 HD 6790.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6790 XFX 1GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6790. The two GPUs have been recommended a PSU with the same amount of wattage. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed725 MHzvs840 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROTerascale 2 Barts LE
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date30 Sep 2009vs01 Apr 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
7.4
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6.5
1920x1080
5.8
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5.1
2560x1440
3.9
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth128GB/secvs134.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1440vs800
Actual Shader Performance25%vs16%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs40
Texture Rate52.2 GTexel/svs33.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate23.2 GPixel/svs13.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power151 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX11.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

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.

Performance
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.
Radeon HD 6790 XFX 1GB Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class Radeon HD 6790.
This edition has no new features - not even a new cooling system.
Therefore, its performance is exactly like the reference card.
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