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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7730 v2 Sapphire 1GB Edition Radeon HD 3850 AGP
Red Dead Redemption 2 723% 937%
Halo: Reach 162% 229%
Cyberpunk 2077 1031% 1324%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 723% 937%
Doom Eternal 608% 791%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1031% 1324%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1158% 1484%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 408% 540%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1031% 1324%
Need For Speed Heat 723% 937%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7730 v2 Sapphire 1GB Edition are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 3850 AGP.

The HD 7730 has a 132 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 3850. This results in the HD 7730 providing 8.5 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 7730 has a 132 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 3850, but the HD 3850 has 8 more Render Output Units than the HD 7730. As a result, the HD 3850 exhibits a 4.3 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 7730. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 7730 was released over three years more recently than the HD 3850, and so the HD 7730 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 HD 7730 has 512 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 HD 7730, which means that the memory performance of the HD 3850 is slightly better than the HD 7730.

The Radeon HD 7730 v2 Sapphire 1GB Edition has 384 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7730 is 261 and the actual shader performance of the HD 3850 is 214. The HD 7730 having 47 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 3850 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 7730 transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 3850. This means that the HD 7730 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 3850.

The Radeon HD 7730 v2 Sapphire 1GB Edition requires 47 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP requires 75 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the HD 7730 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 3850. The HD 3850 requires 28 Watts more than the HD 7730 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the HD 3850 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the HD 7730.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed800 MHzvs668 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Cape Verde LERV670 PRO
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs -
Release Date10 May 2013vs03 Jan 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 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 Units384vs320
Actual Shader Performance13%vs10%
Texture Mapping Units24vs16
Texture Rate19.2 GTexel/svs10.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs16
Pixel Rate6.4 GPixel/svs10.7 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power47 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 27 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 i3-3210 3.2GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 7730 v2 Sapphire 1GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon HD 7730 v2, created by Sapphire.

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Cooling Solution
The Cooling System remains the same.

Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon HD 7730 v2.
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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