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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition Radeon HD 5850 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 232% 223%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 204% 195%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 194% 186%
Grand Theft Auto VI 368% 354%
FIFA 21 68% 63%
Genshin Impact 232% 223%
Far Cry 6 381% 367%
Hitman 3 332% 320%
Watch Dogs Legion 221% 211%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 376% 363%

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

The HD 5850 has a 40 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the HD 5850. This results in the HD 5850 providing 2.9 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 5850 has a 40 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 5850 providing 1.3 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 5850 was released less than a year after the HD 5850, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 5850 Gigabyte 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 memory bandwidth of the Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 5850 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition are the same, which means the HD 5850 and the HD 5850 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

Both the Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 5850 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition have 1440 Shader Processing Units. Having the same number of SPUs and using the same architecture means that the performance they offer can be compared by looking at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the HD 5850 has 2.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate and 1.3 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate, but the has GB/sec greater memory bandwidth. Although the GPUs are very similar in performance, the HD 5850 takes the edge.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 5850 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition requires 151 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 5850. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. 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 MHzvs765 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROTerascale 2 Cypress PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date30 Sep 2009vs01 Apr 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

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1600x900
7.4
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7.5
1920x1080
5.8
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5.9
2560x1440
3.9
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth128GB/secvs128GB/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 Units1440vs1440
Actual Shader Performance25%vs27%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs72
Texture Rate52.2 GTexel/svs55.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate23.2 GPixel/svs24.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power151 Wattsvs151 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs500 Watts & 40 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 i7-860 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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 HD 5850 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End Radeon HD 5850 1GB, created by Gigabyte.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 760MHz, instead of 725MHz while the Memory Clock remains the same.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System has been replaced by Gigabyte's custom-designed Dual Fan Cooler, meaning the Graphics Card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference Radeon HD 5850 1GB.
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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