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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 250 v2 MSI OC 2GB + Radeon R7 7870K Dual Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 338% 232%
Hitman 3 470% 332%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 300% 204%
Resident Evil 8 338% 232%
FIFA 21 121% 68%
Grand Theft Auto VI 516% 368%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 287% 194%
Genshin Impact 338% 232%
The Medium 446% 315%
Far Cry 6 533% 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 R7 250 v2 MSI OC 2GB + Radeon R7 7870K Dual.

The R7 250 has a 325 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 250 manages to provide 6.6 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 250 has a 325 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850, but the HD 5850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the R7 250. As a result, the HD 5850 exhibits a 6.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R7 250. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R7 250 was released over three years more recently than the HD 5850, and so the R7 250 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 250 has 2048 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 70.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 250, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is much better than the R7 250.

The Radeon R7 250 v2 MSI OC 2GB + Radeon R7 7870K Dual has 896 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition has 1440. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 250 is 838 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 522. The R7 250 having 316 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 5850 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

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

The Radeon R7 250 v2 MSI OC 2GB + Radeon R7 7870K Dual 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 400 Watts for the R7 250 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850. The HD 5850 requires 1 Watts more than the R7 250 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 R7 250.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1050 MHzvs725 MHz
Boost Clock1100 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Oland XT + KaveriTerascale 2 Cypress PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date28 May 2015vs30 Sep 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth57.6GB/secvs128GB/sec
L2 Cache 4608 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units896vs1440
Actual Shader Performance40%vs25%
Texture Mapping Units56vs72
Texture Rate58.8 GTexel/svs52.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate16.8 GPixel/svs23.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs151 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 27 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD APU A10-7870K Quad-CorevsIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R7 250 v2 MSI OC 2GB + Radeon R7 7870K Dual is a Solution of one Dedicated Radeon R7 250 v2 MSI OC 2GB Edition and one Integrated Radeon R7 7870K Dual put together using AMD's Asymmetric Crossfire Technology.

Architecture & Other Relevant Data
For more information about the Architecture and Other Relevant Data, please refer to the Pages of [Radeon R7 250 v2 MSI OC 2GB Edition]( and [Radeon R7 7870K](

Just like Crossfire, Asymmetric Crossfire can lead to Micro Stuttering.
Furthermore, Performance relies heavily on Driver Support, whereas it can lead to an enormous Performance Boost over each Graphics Card Operating Alone or to a Performance Decrease in which it is best to disable the Asymmetric Crossfire. Overall, Expect Performance Similar to Radeon R7 250X.

System Suggestions
Radeon R7 250 v2 MSI OC 2GB + Radeon R7 7870K Dual is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We Recommend 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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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