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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 250X PowerColor 1GB Edition Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 319% 232%
Hitman 3 444% 332%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 283% 204%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 270% 194%
FIFA 21 111% 68%
Grand Theft Auto VI 489% 368%
Far Cry 6 506% 381%
Genshin Impact 319% 232%
Battlefield 6 444% 332%
Resident Evil 8 319% 232%

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 AMD Radeon R7 250X PowerColor 1GB Edition.

The R7 250X has a 275 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 250X. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 12.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R7 250X. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R7 250X has a 275 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the R7 250X. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 7.2 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R7 250X. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R7 250X was released over three years more recently than the HD 5850, and so the R7 250X 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 R7 250X PowerColor 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 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 56 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 250X, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is much better than the R7 250X.

The Radeon R7 250X PowerColor 1GB Edition has 640 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition has 1440. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 250X is 544 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 522. The R7 250X having 22 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 5850 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The R7 250X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5850. This means that the R7 250X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5850.

The Radeon R7 250X PowerColor 1GB Edition requires 80 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the R7 250X and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850. The HD 5850 requires 71 Watts more than the R7 250X to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 5850 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 250X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs725 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Cape Verde XTTerascale 2 Cypress PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date13 Feb 2014vs30 Sep 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
6.8
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7.4
1920x1080
5.2
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5.8
2560x1440
3.5
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3.9
3840x2160
2.3
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth72GB/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 Units640vs1440
Actual Shader Performance26%vs25%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs72
Texture Rate40 GTexel/svs52.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate16 GPixel/svs23.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power80 Wattsvs151 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R7 250X PowerColor 1GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 250X, created by PowerColor.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1000MHz, instead of 950MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The reference cooling system remains the same.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference Radeon R7 250X.
Overview
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.
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