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Radeon HD 5850 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The Radeon HD 5850 has clock speeds of 725 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1440(288x5) SPUs along with 72 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 560, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1175 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1024 Stream Processors, 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

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5850 should in theory be a small bit superior to 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 much (approximately 44%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 5850. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5850 will be much (more or less 23%) more effective at AA than the Radeon RX 560, and also capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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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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 7000 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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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.

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