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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon Pro 5600M Radeon HD 8850M
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 528%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 9% 474%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 5% 456%
Grand Theft Auto VI 67% 783%
FIFA 21 40% 217%
Genshin Impact 19% 528%
Far Cry 6 72% 808%
Hitman 3 55% 717%
Watch Dogs Legion 15% 506%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 71% 800%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon Pro 5600M are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 8850M.

The Radeon Pro 5600M has a 375 MHz higher core clock speed and 120 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 8850M. This results in the Radeon Pro 5600M providing 135 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 Radeon Pro 5600M has a 375 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Render Output Units than the Radeon HD 8850M. This results in the Radeon Pro 5600M providing 54 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 Radeon Pro 5600M was released over three years more recently than the Radeon HD 8850M, and so the Radeon Pro 5600M is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Radeon HD 8850M when running the latest games.

The Radeon Pro 5600M has 6144 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 8850M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon Pro 5600M also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon Pro 5600M has 66.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 8850M, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon Pro 5600M is much better than the Radeon HD 8850M.

The Radeon Pro 5600M has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 8850M has 640. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon Pro 5600M is 1714 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 8850M is 496. The Radeon Pro 5600M having 1218 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon Pro 5600M delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 8850M.

The Radeon Pro 5600M transistor size technology is 21 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon HD 8850M. This means that the Radeon Pro 5600M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon HD 8850M.

The Radeon Pro 5600M requires 50 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 8850M requires 45 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon Pro 5600M. The Radeon Pro 5600M requires 5 Watts more than the Radeon HD 8850M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon Pro 5600M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Radeon HD 8850M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs625 MHz
Boost Clock1030 MHzvs775 MHz
ArchitectureNaviGCN 1.1 Venus PRO
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date15 Jun 2020vs01 Apr 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
1600x900 - vs green tick
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed770 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth98.6GB/secvs32GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs640
Actual Shader Performance82%vs24%
Texture Mapping Units160vs40
Texture Rate160 GTexel/svs25 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs16
Pixel Rate64 GPixel/svs10 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs45 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3580U 4-Core 2.1GHzvsIntel Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
\r\nThe Radeon PRO 5600M is an entry-level laptop graphics card which is part of the AMD Radeon RX 5000M series.

\r\nIt is powered by the 7nm Navi GPU, which has 2560 shader processing units, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

\r\nThe central unit runs at 1000MHz and goes up to  1030MHz when the boost mode is triggered.

\r\nThe PRO 5600M comes with a 8GB frame buffer of HBM2 through a 128-bit memory interface, while the memory clock operates at 770MHz.  

\r\nPower Consumption
\r\nWith a rated board TDP of 50W, it requires at least a 450W PSU.

\r\nThe Radeon PRO 5600M been built as a Low/Mid performance graphics card for 2020. Its direct competitor is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070M. It will run most triple AAA titles released during 2020 on medium to high graphics at 1080p screen resolution. With adjustments and lowering anti aliasing this Radeon PRO 5600M card can confidently maintain 60+ frames per seconds on high graphic settings at 1080p. Moving to 1440p screen resolution and the graphics card may need to be adjusted down to medium in order to maintain 50-60+ fps.

\r\nSystem Suggestions
\r\nThe Radeon PRO 5600M is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a mid range Ryzen 5 processor and at least 8GB of system memory for optimal gaming performance from the PRO 5600M.
Radeon HD 8850M is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the GCN Architecture.

The GCN 1.1 Release adds support for AMD's TrueAudio Technology which does calculations of audio effects "better" than the CPU and further improves the Powertune Technology.

It equips a GPU codenamed Venus PRO which has 10 Compute Units activated and thus offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Operates at 625MHz and goes up to 775MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The memory clock operates at 1000MHz.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Crossfire, PowerTune Technology, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, HD3D, ZeroCore Power and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 45W, it is suited for 17" or larger laptops.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above NVIDIA's GeForce GT 750M.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Decent Processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon HD 8850M.
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