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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 Crossfire GeForce GTX 460 SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 102% 113%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 85% 95%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 79% 89%
FIFA 21 2% 8%
Grand Theft Auto VI 184% 200%
Hitman 3 163% 177%
Genshin Impact 102% 113%
Far Cry 6 192% 208%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 189% 206%
Watch Dogs Legion 95% 106%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 5850 Crossfire are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 SLI.

The HD 5850 has a 175 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 460. This results in the HD 5850 providing 46.8 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 5850 has a 175 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 5850 providing 11.2 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 460 was released less than a year after the HD 5850, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The Radeon HD 5850 Crossfire and the GeForce GTX 460 SLI have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 5850 has 25.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 460, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5850 is slightly better than the GTX 460.

The Radeon HD 5850 Crossfire has 2880 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 460 SLI has 672. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 1591 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 907. The HD 5850 having 684 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5850 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 460.

The Radeon HD 5850 Crossfire requires 300 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 460 SLI requires 380 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the HD 5850 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 460. The GTX 460 requires 80 Watts more than the HD 5850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 460 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 5850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs675 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureEvergreen Cypress PRO Fermi GF104-300-KB-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs None
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date18 Sep 2009vs01 Jul 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth256GB/secvs230.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2880vs672
Actual Shader Performance77%vs44%
Texture Mapping Units144vs112
Texture Rate122.4 GTexel/svs75.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate54.4 GPixel/svs43.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs4
HDMI Connections1vs2
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power300 Wattsvs380 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 50 Ampsvs600 Watts & 26 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL3.2vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-975 Quad 3.33GHz Extreme-
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 5850 Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon HD 5850 put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon HD 5850 to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, up to 60% better than a single Radeon HD 5850 performing by itself but it might be worse (depending on whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) than a single Radeon HD 5850. Expect this combination to draw up to 302 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
GeForce GTX 460 SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 460 put together using NVIDIA'S SLI technology.
SLI relies a lot on proper driver support and may cause micro stuttering in FPS below 30. This means this combination might even perform worse than a single GTX 460.
The optimal performance it delivers is slightly better than a single GeForce GTX 480.
Therefore, this combination is sufficient for gaming at 1080p and most demanding games can be played at the highest settings.
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