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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 9800 GT 1GB SLI Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 352% 232%
Hitman 3 488% 332%
Resident Evil 8 352% 232%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 313% 204%
FIFA 21 128% 68%
Grand Theft Auto VI 536% 368%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 300% 194%
Genshin Impact 352% 232%
Far Cry 6 554% 381%
The Medium 464% 315%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT 1GB SLI.

The HD 5850 has a 125 MHz higher core clock speed than the 9800 GT, but the 9800 GT has 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 5850. As a result, the 9800 GT exhibits a 15 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 5850. 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 125 MHz higher core clock speed than the 9800 GT and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 5850 providing 4 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 over a year more recently than the 9800 GT, and so the HD 5850 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the 9800 GT.

The 9800 GT has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 5850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the HD 5850 has superior memory performance.

The HD 5850 has 12.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 9800 GT, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is slightly better than the 9800 GT.

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB SLI has 224 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition has 1440. However, the actual shader performance of the 9800 GT is 336 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 522. The HD 5850 having 186 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5850 delivers a slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 9800 GT.

The HD 5850 transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 9800 GT. This means that the HD 5850 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 9800 GT.

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB SLI requires 200 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 500 Watts for the 9800 GT and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850. The 9800 GT requires 49 Watts more than the HD 5850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the 9800 GT may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 5850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed600 MHzvs725 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G92-270-A2 (x2)Terascale 2 Cypress PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date21 Jul 2008vs30 Sep 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth115.2GB/secvs128GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units224vs1440
Actual Shader Performance16%vs25%
Texture Mapping Units112vs72
Texture Rate67.2 GTexel/svs52.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate19.2 GPixel/svs23.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power200 Wattsvs151 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce 9800 GT 1GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI Technology.

It consists of 2 GPUs Codenamed G92-270-A2 which, together, offer 224 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The central unit runs at 600MHz.

Each GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 190W and 220W.

System Suggestions
GGeForce 9800 GT 1GB SLI is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900.
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.
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