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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition GeForce GTX 260 v3
Cyberpunk 2077 232% 326%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 204% 290%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 194% 277%
Hitman 3 332% 455%
Grand Theft Auto VI 368% 500%
FIFA 21 68% 115%
Far Cry 6 381% 517%
Genshin Impact 232% 326%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 376% 511%
Watch Dogs Legion 221% 311%

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 Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 v3.

The HD 5850 has a 149 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 260. This results in the HD 5850 providing 10.7 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 149 MHz higher core clock speed and 4 more Render Output Units than the GTX 260. This results in the HD 5850 providing 7.1 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 GTX 260, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The HD 5850 has 128 MB more video memory than the GTX 260, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 5850 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 5850 has 16.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 260, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is slightly better than the GTX 260.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 260 v3 has 216. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 522 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 260 is 286. The HD 5850 having 236 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5850 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 260.

The HD 5850 transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 260. This means that the HD 5850 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 260.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 260 v3 requires 171 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 GTX 260. The GTX 260 requires 20 Watts more than the HD 5850 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 260 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the HD 5850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed725 MHzvs576 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROTesla G200-103-B2
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date30 Sep 2009vs27 Nov 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs896 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs999 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs448 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth128GB/secvs111.9GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1440vs216
Actual Shader Performance25%vs14%
Texture Mapping Units72vs72
Texture Rate52.2 GTexel/svs41.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs28
Pixel Rate23.2 GPixel/svs16.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power151 Wattsvs171 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.3vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs6 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

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.

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 260 v3 is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed G200-103-B2 which has 9 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 216 Shader Processing Units, 72 TMUs and 28 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 576MHz.

The GPU accesses a 896MB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 448-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 999MHz.

DirectX 10.0 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 171W, it requires at least a 500W PSU and it requires at least two 6-pin available connectors.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above a Radeon HD 4870, meaning it is much faster than GeForce GT 250.
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