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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 250E Sapphire Ultimate 1GB Edition Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 386% 197%
Halo: Reach 55% 6%
Cyberpunk 2077 568% 308%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 386% 197%
Doom Eternal 318% 155%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 568% 308%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 81% 89%
Grand Theft Auto VI 643% 354%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 568% 308%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 200% 83%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R7 250E Sapphire Ultimate 1GB Edition.

The R7 250E has a 35 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 250E. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 29.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R7 250E. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R7 250E has a 35 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the R7 250E. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 11.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R7 250E. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R7 250E was released over three years more recently than the HD 5850, and so the R7 250E 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 Radeon R7 250E Sapphire Ultimate 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 5850 has 72 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 250E, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is much better than the R7 250E.

The Radeon R7 250E Sapphire Ultimate 1GB Edition has 512 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition has 1440. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 250E is 348 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 551. The HD 5850 having 203 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5850 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R7 250E.

The R7 250E transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5850. This means that the R7 250E is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5850.

The Radeon R7 250E Sapphire Ultimate 1GB Edition requires 75 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the R7 250E and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850. The HD 5850 requires 76 Watts more than the R7 250E to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 5850 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 250E.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed800 MHzvs765 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Cape Verde PROTerascale 2 Cypress PRO
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date20 Dec 2013vs13 Apr 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
7.9
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1600x900
6
vs green tick
7.6
1920x1080
4.6
vs green tick
6
2560x1440
3
vs green tick
4.1
3840x2160
2.1
green tick vs -

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs1125 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth72GB/secvs144GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick 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 Units512vs1440
Actual Shader Performance17%vs27%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs72
Texture Rate25.6 GTexel/svs55.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate12.8 GPixel/svs24.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs151 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 27 Ampsvs500 Watts & 40 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R7 250E Sapphire Ultimate 1GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 250E, created by Sapphire.

Overclock: Central Unit
None.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Passive heatpipe and heatsink cooler with no fan to deliver totally silent cooling.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R7 250E.
Overview
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.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 6% performance over the reference Radeon HD 5850 1GB.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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