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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC v2 2GB Edition Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 183% 197%
Halo: Reach 10% 6%
Cyberpunk 2077 289% 308%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 183% 197%
Doom Eternal 143% 155%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 289% 308%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 89% 89%
Grand Theft Auto VI 333% 354%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 289% 308%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 75% 83%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC v2 2GB Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition.

The R7 260X has a 410 MHz higher core clock speed but 16 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the HD 5850. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the R7 260X manages to provide 10.7 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 260X has a 410 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 5.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R7 260X. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R7 260X was released over three years more recently than the HD 5850, and so the R7 260X 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 260X 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, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 5850 has 48 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is noticeably better than the R7 260X.

The Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC v2 2GB Edition has 896 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition has 1440. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 895 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 551. The R7 260X having 344 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 5850 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The R7 260X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5850. This means that the R7 260X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5850. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the R7 260X should consume less power than the HD 5850.

The Radeon R7 260X v2 MSI OC v2 2GB Edition requires 105 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 260X and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850. The HD 5850 requires 46 Watts more than the R7 260X 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 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1175 MHzvs765 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Bonaire XTTerascale 2 Cypress PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs13 Apr 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
8
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7.6
1920x1080
6.1
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6
2560x1440
4.4
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4.1
3840x2160
2.6
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1125 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth96GB/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 Units896vs1440
Actual Shader Performance43%vs27%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs72
Texture Rate65.8 GTexel/svs55.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate18.8 GPixel/svs24.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power105 Wattsvs151 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 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 260X v2 MSI OC v2 2GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 260X v2, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1175MHz, instead of 1000MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 2GB.
However, because the Graphics Card itself is not Powerful enough to work under circumstances in which 2GB are needed, such as 1080p, it is mostly a gimmick.

Cooling Solution
Propeller Blade Technology: 20% more airflow, 50% larger cooling area and Large 10CM fan.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 8% performance over the reference Radeon R7 260X v2.
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
GPU Variants
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