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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition Radeon HD 3850 X2
Cyberpunk 2077 163% 731%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 140% 660%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 133% 635%
Watch Dogs Legion 153% 701%
FIFA 21 33% 319%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 133% 635%
Godfall 327% 1249%
Grand Theft Auto VI 270% 1069%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 277% 1091%
Genshin Impact 163% 731%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 3850 X2.

The GTX 560 Ti has a 63 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 3850. This results in the GTX 560 Ti providing 25.4 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 GTX 560 Ti has a 63 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 3850 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 560 Ti providing 2 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 GTX 560 Ti was released over three years more recently than the HD 3850, and so the GTX 560 Ti is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 3850 when running the latest games.

The GTX 560 Ti has 256 MB more video memory than the HD 3850, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 560 Ti also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 560 Ti has 15.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 3850, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 560 Ti is slightly better than the HD 3850.

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition has 448 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3850 X2 has 640. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 Ti is 656 and the actual shader performance of the HD 3850 is 428. The GTX 560 Ti having 228 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 560 Ti delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 3850.

The GTX 560 Ti transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 3850. This means that the GTX 560 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 3850.

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition requires 210 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 3850 X2 requires 140 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 560 Ti and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 3850. The GTX 560 Ti requires 70 Watts more than the HD 3850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 560 Ti may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 3850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed732 MHzvs669 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF110-270-A1RV670 PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date29 Nov 2011vs04 Apr 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1280 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed950 MHzvs828 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth121.6GB/secvs106GB/sec
L2 Cache 640 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units448vs640
Actual Shader Performance32%vs21%
Texture Mapping Units64vs32
Texture Rate46.8 GTexel/svs21.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate23.4 GPixel/svs21.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power210 Wattsvs140 Watts
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 38 Ampsvs450 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1366x768

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition is a high-end Graphics Card based on the 270-A1 variant of the 40nm GF110 GPU of the Fermi architecture.
The 270-A1 variant of the GF110 Core comes with 14 SMx activated and thus offers 448 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 320-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5.
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition has its central unit clocked at 732MHz and its memory clock operates at 950MHz - same as GeForce GTX 570.
Compared to the regular GeForce GTX 560 Ti, the rated board TDP is around 40W higher but its performance surpasses it largely, while some factory overclocked versions surpass GeForce GTX 570.
Radeon HD 3850 X2 (not Crossfire) is a dual-graphics solution of two Radeon HD 3850.
This combination is expected to offer almost the same performance as Radeon HD 3850 Crossfired while consuming slightly less power. However, and just like Crossfire, its performance also relies a lot on proper driver support.
Today's modern demanding games will have to be played using the medium preset but with fluent frame rates. However, DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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