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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX Vega 9 Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 166% 232%
Hitman 3 246% 332%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 143% 204%
The Medium 232% 315%
Resident Evil 8 166% 232%
FIFA 21 34% 68%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 135% 194%
Grand Theft Auto VI 274% 368%
Genshin Impact 166% 232%
Far Cry 6 285% 381%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 9 are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition.

The RX Vega has a 375 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 5850. This results in the RX Vega providing 35.8 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 RX Vega has a 375 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5850 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the RX Vega providing 12 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 RX Vega was released over three years more recently than the HD 5850, and so the RX Vega 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 HD 5850 has 1024 MB video memory, but the RX Vega does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The Radeon RX Vega 9 has 576 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition has 1440. However, the actual shader performance of the RX Vega is 487 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 522. The HD 5850 having 35 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5850 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the RX Vega.

The RX Vega transistor size technology is 26 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5850. This means that the RX Vega is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5850.

The Radeon HD 5850 MSI Twin Frozr II 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts to run but there is no entry for the RX Vega. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the RX Vega.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1100 MHzvs725 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs-
ArchitectureVegaTerascale 2 Cypress PRO
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date28 Feb 2018vs30 Sep 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory-vs1024 MB
Memory Speed-vs1000 MHz
Memory Bus-vs256 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs128GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units576vs1440
Actual Shader Performance23%vs25%
Texture Mapping Units80vs72
Texture Rate88 GTexel/svs52.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate35.2 GPixel/svs23.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-151 Watts
Recommended PSU-500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL-vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview Radeon RX Vega 9 is a dedicated Graphics processor found in AMD's Desktop and Mobile Ryzen processors. GPU It equips a GPU Codenamed Vega M which offers 9 Compute Units and 575 Shaders. The Central Unit Initially Runs at 1100MHz and goes up to 1300MHz in Turbo Mode. System Suggestions We recommend 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon RX Vega 9.Overview
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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