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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition GeForce GTX 650 DirectCU TOP 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 232% 347%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 204% 308%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 194% 295%
Hitman 3 332% 481%
Grand Theft Auto VI 368% 528%
FIFA 21 68% 125%
Far Cry 6 381% 546%
Genshin Impact 232% 347%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 376% 540%
Watch Dogs Legion 221% 331%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 DirectCU TOP 1GB Edition.

The GTX 650 has a 490 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 650. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 13.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 650. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 650 has a 490 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 650. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 3.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 650. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 650 was released over a year more recently than the HD 5850, and so the GTX 650 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 GeForce GTX 650 DirectCU TOP 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 5850 has 46.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 650, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is noticeably better than the GTX 650.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 650 DirectCU TOP 1GB Edition has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 522 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 is 467. The HD 5850 having 55 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5850 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 650.

The GTX 650 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5850. This means that the GTX 650 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5850.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 650 DirectCU TOP 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 650. The HD 5850 requires 1 Watts more than the GTX 650 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the HD 5850 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 650.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed725 MHzvs1215 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROKepler GK107-450-A2
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date30 Sep 2009vs01 Sep 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
7.4
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6.1
1920x1080
5.8
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5.1
2560x1440
3.9
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3.3
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2.2

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1275 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth128GB/secvs81.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1440vs384
Actual Shader Performance25%vs22%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs32
Texture Rate52.2 GTexel/svs38.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate23.2 GPixel/svs19.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power151 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs450 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX11.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz
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.
GeForce GTX 650 DirectCU TOP 1GB Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class GeForce GTX 650 1GB.
This special edition comes with a custom cooling solution called DirectCU, which operates 20% cooler and is much quieter, according to ASUS, and overclocking out of the box in both central unit and operating memory clock to 1215MHz and 1275MHz, respectively.
Benchmarks indicate a 10% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
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