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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 4870 PowerColor PCS+ 512MB Edition Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 340% 232%
Hitman 3 472% 332%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 302% 204%
Resident Evil 8 340% 232%
FIFA 21 122% 68%
Grand Theft Auto VI 519% 368%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 289% 194%
The Medium 449% 315%
Genshin Impact 340% 232%
Far Cry 6 537% 381%

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 HD 4870 PowerColor PCS+ 512MB Edition.

The HD 4870 has a 55 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 4870. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 21 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 4870. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 4870 has a 55 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the HD 4870. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 10.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 4870. 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 HD 4870, 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 HD 4870.

The HD 5850 has 512 MB more video memory than the HD 4870, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 5850 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 5850 has 6.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 4870, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is marginally better than the HD 4870.

The Radeon HD 4870 PowerColor PCS+ 512MB Edition has 800 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition has 1440. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 4870 is 437 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 522. The HD 5850 having 85 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5850 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 4870.

The HD 5850 transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 4870. This means that the HD 5850 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 4870.

The Radeon HD 4870 PowerColor PCS+ 512MB Edition requires 150 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 HD 4870 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850. The HD 5850 requires 1 Watts more than the HD 4870 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the HD 5850 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the HD 4870.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed780 MHzvs725 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureR700 RV770 PROTerascale 2 Cypress PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date25 Jun 2008vs30 Sep 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
8.8
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1600x900
6.6
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7.4
1920x1080
5.1
vs green tick
5.8
2560x1440
2.9
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3.9
3840x2160
1.9
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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed950 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth121.6GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units800vs1440
Actual Shader Performance21%vs25%
Technology55nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs72
Texture Rate31.2 GTexel/svs52.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate12.5 GPixel/svs23.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs151 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX10.1vs11.0
Shader Model4.1vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33GHzvsIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM6 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 4870 PowerColor PCS+ 512MB Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End Radeon HD 4890, created by PowerColor.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 780MHz, instead of 750MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 950MHz, instead of 900MHz.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
PCS+ Cooling Solution.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 7% performance over the reference Radeon HD 4870.
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.
Recommended CPU
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