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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition Radeon R7 260X v2 Sapphire OC 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 232% 217%
Hitman 3 332% 312%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 204% 189%
Resident Evil 8 232% 217%
FIFA 21 68% 60%
Grand Theft Auto VI 368% 345%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 194% 180%
The Medium 315% 295%
Genshin Impact 232% 217%
Far Cry 6 381% 358%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260X v2 Sapphire OC 1GB Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition.

The R7 260X has a 325 MHz higher core clock speed but 16 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the HD 5850. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the R7 260X manages to provide 6.6 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 R7 260X has a 325 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 6.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R7 260X. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R7 260X was released over three years more recently than the HD 5850, and so the R7 260X is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 5850 when running the latest games.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition and the Radeon R7 260X v2 Sapphire OC 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 32 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is noticeably better than the R7 260X.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 260X v2 Sapphire OC 1GB Edition has 896. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 522 and the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 800. The R7 260X having 278 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 5850 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The R7 260X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5850. This means that the R7 260X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5850. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the R7 260X should consume less power than the HD 5850.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260X v2 Sapphire OC 1GB Edition requires 105 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 R7 260X. The HD 5850 requires 46 Watts more than the R7 260X to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 5850 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed725 MHzvs1050 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROGCN 1.1 Bonaire XT
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date30 Sep 2009vs26 Dec 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
10
1600x900
7.4
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7.8
1920x1080
5.8
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5.9
2560x1440
3.9
vs green tick
4.2
3840x2160 - vs green tick
2.5

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth128GB/secvs96GB/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 Units1440vs896
Actual Shader Performance25%vs38%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs56
Texture Rate52.2 GTexel/svs58.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate23.2 GPixel/svs16.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs1
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power151 Wattsvs105 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs450 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX11.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
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.
Overview
Radeon R7 260X v2 Sapphire OC 1GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 260X v2, created by Sapphire.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1050MHz, instead of 1000MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.

Cooling Solution
The reference cooling has dual ball bearing fan to lengthen the fan life time and longer PCB to reduce the average component temperature.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance over the reference Radeon R7 260X v2.
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