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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 370 MSI OC 2GB Edition Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 112% 197%
Cyberpunk 2077 191% 308%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 31% 83%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 191% 308%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 112% 197%
Doom Eternal 82% 155%
FIFA 20 13% 58%
Grand Theft Auto VI 224% 354%
Need For Speed Heat 112% 197%
Halo: Reach 33% 6%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 370 MSI OC 2GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition.

The R7 370 has a 205 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the HD 5850. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the R7 370 manages to provide 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 R7 370 has a 205 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R7 370 providing 6.5 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 R7 370 was released over three years more recently than the HD 5850, and so the R7 370 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 R7 370 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 5850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R7 370 also has superior memory performance overall.

The R7 370 has 35.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 5850, which means that the memory performance of the R7 370 is noticeably better than the HD 5850.

The Radeon R7 370 MSI OC 2GB Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition has 1440. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 370 is 888 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 551. The R7 370 having 337 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R7 370 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 5850.

The R7 370 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5850. This means that the R7 370 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5850.

The Radeon R7 370 MSI OC 2GB Edition requires 110 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 370 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850. The HD 5850 requires 41 Watts more than the R7 370 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 5850 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 370.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed970 MHzvs765 MHz
Boost Clock1020 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Trinidad PROTerascale 2 Cypress PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs13 Apr 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1400 MHzvs1125 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth179.2GB/secvs144GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs1440
Actual Shader Performance43%vs27%
Texture Mapping Units64vs72
Texture Rate62.1 GTexel/svs55.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate31 GPixel/svs24.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power110 Wattsvs151 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 40 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4370 3.8GHzvsIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R7 370 MSI OC 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 370, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 970MHz, instead of 925MHz, while the Boost Clock achieves 1020MHz, instead of 975MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution
Armor 2X Thermal Design: Delivers more airflow than traditional single fan thermal design and Huge heat sink provides better heat dissipation.
Propeller Blade Technology: Produce 20% more airflow than traditional fan design and Produces less noise than traditional fan designs.

Benchmarks Indicate a 3% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R7 370.
Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End Radeon HD 5850 1GB, created by XFX.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 765MHz, instead of 725MHz while the Memory Clock is now of 1125MHz.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System has been replaced by XFX's custom-designed Thermal Design, meaning the Graphics Card runs cooler under load.

Benchmarks indicate a 6% performance over the reference Radeon HD 5850 1GB.
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