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Radeon HD 5850 vs Radeon RX 6500 XT

Intro

The Radeon HD 5850 has a core clock frequency of 725 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1440(288x5) SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 6500 XT, which comes with GPU clock speed of 2200 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR6 memory set to run at 2250 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 107 Watts
Radeon HD 5850 151 Watts
Difference: 44 Watts (41%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 6500 XT, in theory, should perform a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 5850 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 147456 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5850 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 19456 (15%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6500 XT is quite a bit (about 170%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5850. (explain)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 140800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5850 52200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 88600 (170%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6500 XT is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 70400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5850 23200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 47200 (203%)

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 6500 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year September 30, 2009 January 2022
Code Name Cypress PRO Navi 24 XT
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 725 MHz 2200 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 4500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 151 watts 107 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 147456 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52200 Mtexels/sec 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23200 Mpixels/sec 70400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1440(288x5) 1024
Texture Mapping Units 72 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 6 nm
Transistors 2154 million 5400 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out 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 rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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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