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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game FirePro W2100 Radeon HD 3850 AGP
Halo: Reach 209% 229%
Cyberpunk 2077 1236% 1324%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 500% 540%
Red Dead Redemption 2 873% 937%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 873% 937%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1236% 1324%
Doom Eternal 736% 791%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1386% 1484%
FIFA 20 418% 452%
Need For Speed Heat 873% 937%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD FirePro W2100 are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 3850 AGP.

The HD 3850 has a 38 MHz higher core clock speed than the FirePro W2100, but the FirePro W2100 has 4 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 3850. As a result, the FirePro W2100 exhibits a 1.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 3850. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 3850 has a 38 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the FirePro W2100. This results in the HD 3850 providing 5.7 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 FirePro W2100 was released over three years more recently than the HD 3850, and so the FirePro W2100 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 3850 when running the latest games.

The FirePro W2100 has 1536 MB more video memory than the HD 3850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 3850 has 24.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the FirePro W2100, which means that the memory performance of the HD 3850 is slightly better than the FirePro W2100.

Both the FirePro W2100 and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP have 320 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the HD 3850 is 214 and by the FirePro W2100 is 214. Knowing that the shader performance of the HD 3850 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The FirePro W2100 transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 3850. This means that the FirePro W2100 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 3850. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the FirePro W2100 should consume less power than the HD 3850.

The FirePro W2100 requires 26 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP requires 75 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the FirePro W2100 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 3850. The HD 3850 requires 49 Watts more than the FirePro W2100 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 3850 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the FirePro W2100.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed630 MHzvs668 MHz
Boost Clock680 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Oland PRORV670 PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date12 Aug 2014vs03 Jan 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs830 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/secvs53.1GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units320vs320
Actual Shader Performance9%vs10%
Texture Mapping Units20vs16
Texture Rate12.6 GTexel/svs10.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs16
Pixel Rate5 GPixel/svs10.7 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power26 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 26 Ampsvs450 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.4vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
FirePro W2100 is a Professional Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the GCN Architecture.

The GCN 1.1 Release adds support for AMD's TrueAudio Technology which does calculations of audio effects "better" than the CPU and further improves the Powertune Technology.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Oland PRO which has 5 Compute Units activated and thus offers 320 Shader Processing Units, 20 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Operates at 630MHz and goes up to 680MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The memory clock operates at 900MHz.

DirectX 11.2 Support (11.1 Hardware Default) and support for Crossfire, PowerTune Technology, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, HD3D, ZeroCore Power and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 26W, it requires at least a 350W PSU and it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

FirePro W2100 has a GPU configuration similar to Radeon R7 240 2GB. However, it is under-clocked and does not benefit from the game optimizations through its drivers.
As a result, it may perform over 15% worse than Radeon R7 240 2GB.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Modest Processor (Intel Core i3/AMD FX-4100) and 4GB of RAM for a system with FirePro W2100.
Radeon HD 3850 AGP is a variant of the high-end Radeon HD 3850 based on the 55nm, second unified shader architecture, R600. Check its page to know more about its Core.
Compared to Radeon HD 3850, it features twice as much video memory and an AGP 8X Bus Interface. Benchmarks indicate the double sized frame buffer benefits this GPU largely and so its performance is up to 8% better than the reference Radeon HD 3850.
Today's modern games should run fluently at medium settings but with modest resolutions. DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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