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Radeon HD 5850 vs Radeon RX 550

Intro

The Radeon HD 5850 features a GPU clock speed of 725 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1440(288x5) SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 550, which features GPU clock speed of 1100 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 512 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 550 50 Watts
Radeon HD 5850 151 Watts
Difference: 101 Watts (202%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5850 should in theory be just a bit superior to the Radeon RX 550 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 128000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 550 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 13312 (12%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5850 will be a lot (about 48%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 550. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 52200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 550 35200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17000 (48%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5850 is quite a bit (approximately 32%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon RX 550, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 23200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 550 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5600 (32%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Radeon HD 5850

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Radeon RX 550

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 5850 Radeon RX 550
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year September 30, 2009 April 2017
Code Name Cypress PRO Polaris 12
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 725 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 151 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52200 Mtexels/sec 35200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23200 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1440(288x5) 512
Texture Mapping Units 72 32
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 14 nm
Transistors 2154 million 2200 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 5850

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Radeon RX 550

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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