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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce FX 5900 Ultra Radeon 9250
Halo: Reach 1255% 2963%
Cyberpunk 2077 5757% 13143%
Red Dead Redemption 2 4163% 9540%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 2529% 5846%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4163% 9540%
Doom Eternal 3565% 8188%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5757% 13143%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6414% 14630%
FIFA 20 2171% 5035%
Need For Speed Heat 4163% 9540%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra are massively better than the AMD Radeon 9250.

The Radeon 9250 was released less than a year after the FX 5900, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful GPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The FX 5900 has 128 MB more video memory than the Radeon 9250, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the FX 5900 also has superior memory performance overall.

The FX 5900 has 10.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon 9250, which means that the memory performance of the FX 5900 is slightly better than the Radeon 9250.

Both the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra and the Radeon 9250 have 4 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the FX 5900 is 2 and by the Radeon 9250 is 1. Knowing that the shader performance of the FX 5900 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The GeForce FX 5900 Ultra requires 59 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon 9250.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed450 MHzvs240 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureNV35RV280
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date12 May 2003vs02 Jan 2004
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvs128 MB
Memory Speed425 MHzvs200 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsDDR
Memory Bandwidth13.6GB/secvs3.2GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4vs4
Actual Shader Performance0%vs0%
Technology130nmvs-
Texture Mapping Units4vs-
Texture Rate1.8 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs-
Pixel Rate1.8 GPixel/svs-
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2048x1536vs2048x1536
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
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GPU Power Requirements

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GPU Features

DirectX9.0bvs8.1
Shader Model2.0vs1.4
Open GL1.5vs1.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe top-to-bottom family of NVIDIA GeForce FX GPUs provide both high-performance gaming for enthusiasts and best-in-class features for mainstream users. Whether you're a bleeding-edge gamer who desires the most advanced gaming technology available, or a PC user in search of the perfect combination of power, performance, and value--GeForce FX solutions deliver. The Radeon R200 is the second generation of Radeon graphics chips from ATI Technologies. The architecture features 3D acceleration based upon Microsoft Direct3D 8.0 and OpenGL 1.3, a major improvement in features and performance compared to the preceding Radeon R100 design. The GPU also includes 2D GUI acceleration, video acceleration, and multiple display outputs. 'R200' refers to the development codename of the initially released GPU of the generation. It is the basis for a variety of other succeeding products.
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