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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 570 Gainward Golden Sample 1.2GB Edition Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 116% 197%
Halo: Reach 31% 6%
Cyberpunk 2077 197% 308%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 116% 197%
Doom Eternal 86% 155%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 197% 308%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 92% 89%
Grand Theft Auto VI 231% 354%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 197% 308%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 33% 83%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 Gainward Golden Sample 1.2GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition.

The HD 5850 has a 15 MHz higher core clock speed and 12 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 570. This results in the HD 5850 providing 10.1 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 5850 has a 15 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 570, but the GTX 570 has 8 more Render Output Units than the HD 5850. As a result, the GTX 570 exhibits a 5.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 5850. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 570 was released less than a year after the HD 5850, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 570 has 256 MB more video memory than the HD 5850, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 570 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 570 has 12 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 5850, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 570 is slightly better than the HD 5850.

The GeForce GTX 570 Gainward Golden Sample 1.2GB Edition has 480 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition has 1440. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 570 is 720 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 551. The GTX 570 having 169 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 570 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 5850.

The GeForce GTX 570 Gainward Golden Sample 1.2GB Edition requires 219 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 570 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850. The GTX 570 requires 68 Watts more than the HD 5850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 570 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 5850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed750 MHzvs765 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF110-275-A1Terascale 2 Cypress PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date07 Dec 2010vs13 Apr 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1280 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed975 MHzvs1125 MHz
Memory Bus320 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth156GB/secvs144GB/sec
L2 Cache 640 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 Units480vs1440
Actual Shader Performance35%vs27%
Texture Mapping Units60vs72
Texture Rate45 GTexel/svs55.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units40vs32
Pixel Rate30 GPixel/svs24.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power219 Wattsvs151 Watts
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 37 Ampsvs500 Watts & 40 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHzvsIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 570 Gainward Golden Sample 1.2GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 570, created by Gainward.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 750MHz, instead of 732MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock has been increased from 950MHz to 975MHz.

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution
Dual Fan Cooling Solution.

Benchmarks Indicate a 3% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 570.
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.

Benchmarks indicate a 6% performance over the reference Radeon HD 5850 1GB.
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