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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5870 Asus v2 1GB Edition Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 190% 265%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 165% 233%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 156% 223%
FIFA 21 46% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 308% 413%
Far Cry 6 319% 427%
Genshin Impact 190% 265%
Hitman 3 277% 374%
Watch Dogs Legion 179% 252%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 315% 423%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 5870 Asus v2 1GB Edition are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition.

The HD 5870 has a 75 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6850. This results in the HD 5870 providing 30.8 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 HD 5870 has a 75 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6850 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 5870 providing 2.4 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 6850 was released less than a year after the HD 5870, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Radeon HD 5870 Asus v2 1GB Edition and the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 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 5870 has 25.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 6850, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5870 is slightly better than the HD 6850.

The Radeon HD 5870 Asus v2 1GB Edition has 1600 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition has 960. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5870 is 680 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6850 is 372. The HD 5870 having 308 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5870 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 6850.

The Radeon HD 5870 Asus v2 1GB Edition requires 300 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the HD 5870 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6850. The HD 5870 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the HD 6850. The difference is significant enough that the HD 5870 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 6850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs775 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress XTTerascale 2 Barts Pro
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date12 May 2010vs01 Oct 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
7.9
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7
1920x1080
6.2
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5.5
2560x1440
4.3
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3.7
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1200 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth153.6GB/secvs128GB/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 Units1600vs960
Actual Shader Performance33%vs18%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs48
Texture Rate68 GTexel/svs37.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate27.2 GPixel/svs24.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power300 Watts-
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX11.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1680x1050

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 5870 Asus v2 1GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's High-End Radeon HD 5870, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
None.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.

Cooling Solution
Equipped with 8.5cm Extra Large Fan & Pure Copper Fins: delivers 17% cooler performance than reference design.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon HD 5870.
Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition is a special edition of the Radeon HD 6850. See the page of the standard edition for more information about it.
There are no new features that affect Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition's gaming performance directly and so its performance is exactly like the one the standard Radeon HD 6850 delivers.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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