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Radeon HD 5850 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The Radeon HD 5850 comes with a GPU core speed of 725 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM 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 those specifications to the Radeon RX 560, which has core clock speeds of 1175 MHz on the GPU, and 7000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
Radeon HD 5850 151 Watts
Difference: 71 Watts (89%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 5850 should be a bit faster than the Radeon RX 560 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 128000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 13312 (12%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 will be a lot (more or less 44%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5850. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5850 52200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23000 (44%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5850 is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 23200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4400 (23%)

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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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 560
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year September 30, 2009 May 2017
Code Name Cypress PRO Baffin
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 725 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 151 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52200 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23200 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1440(288x5) 1024
Texture Mapping Units 72 64
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 14 nm
Transistors 2154 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

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

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Radeon HD 5850

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Radeon RX 560

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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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