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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition Radeon HD 6950 PowerColor 1GB Edition
Hitman 3 332% 254%
Cyberpunk 2077 232% 172%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 204% 149%
Resident Evil 8 232% 172%
FIFA 21 68% 37%
Grand Theft Auto VI 368% 283%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 194% 141%
Genshin Impact 232% 172%
Far Cry 6 381% 294%
The Medium 315% 240%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6950 PowerColor 1GB Edition are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition.

The HD 6950 has a 75 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 5850. This results in the HD 6950 providing 18.2 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 HD 6950 has a 75 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 6950 providing 2.4 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 6950 was released over a year more recently than the HD 5850, and so the HD 6950 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 6950 PowerColor 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 6950 has 32 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 5850, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6950 is noticeably better than the HD 5850.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6950 PowerColor 1GB Edition has 1408. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 522 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6950 is 563. The HD 6950 having 41 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 6950 delivers a significantly 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 Radeon HD 6950 PowerColor 1GB Edition requires 200 Watts. 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 6950. The HD 6950 requires 49 Watts more than the HD 5850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 6950 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 5850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed725 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROTerascale 3 Cayman Pro
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date30 Sep 2009vs01 Dec 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

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1600x900
7.4
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8.2
1920x1080
5.8
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6.4
2560x1440
3.9
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4.7
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth128GB/secvs160GB/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 Units1440vs1408
Actual Shader Performance25%vs27%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs88
Texture Rate52.2 GTexel/svs70.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate23.2 GPixel/svs25.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power151 Wattsvs200 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs500 Watts & 30 Amps

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 i7-930 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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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 6950 PowerColor 1GB Edition is a special editon of the high-end Radeon HD 6950.

The only new feature is a new Cooling System. Therefore, Radeon HD 6950 PowerColor 1GB Edition delivers the same performance the reference Radeon HD 6950 does.
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