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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition Radeon HD 7850 2GB Sapphire Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 178% 172%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 154% 149%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 146% 141%
FIFA 21 40% 37%
Grand Theft Auto VI 291% 283%
Hitman 3 262% 254%
Genshin Impact 178% 172%
Far Cry 6 302% 294%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 298% 290%
Watch Dogs Legion 168% 163%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB Sapphire Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition.

The HD 7850 has a 210 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 470. This results in the HD 7850 providing 18.6 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 7850 has a 210 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Render Output Units than the GTX 470. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the HD 7850 manages to provide 1.5 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 HD 7850 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 470, and so the HD 7850 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 470.

The HD 7850 has 768 MB more video memory than the GTX 470, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 7850 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 7850 has 17.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 470, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7850 is slightly better than the GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition has 448 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7850 2GB Sapphire Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 470 is 582 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7850 is 749. The HD 7850 having 167 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7850 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 470.

The HD 7850 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 470. This means that the HD 7850 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 470. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the HD 7850 should consume less power than the GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition requires 215 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7850 2GB Sapphire Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 470 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7850. The GTX 470 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the HD 7850. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 470 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 7850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs860 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF100-275-A3GCN 1.0 Pitcairn PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date01 Jun 2010vs01 Aug 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
8.2
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8.3
1920x1080
6.3
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6.4
2560x1440
4.6
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4.7
3840x2160 - vs green tick
2.9

GPU Memory

Memory1280 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed850 MHzvs1200 MHz
Memory Bus320 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth136GB/secvs153.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 640 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units448vs1024
Actual Shader Performance28%vs36%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs64
Texture Rate36.4 GTexel/svs55 GTexel/s
Render Output Units40vs32
Pixel Rate26 GPixel/svs27.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power215 Watts-
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 38 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 470.
This edition comes with a dual-fan custom solution and overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 607MHz to 650MHz, while the operating memory clock is now of 850MHz, instead of 837MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 7% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
Radeon HD 7850 2GB Sapphire Edition is a special edition of the powerful Radeon HD 7850. See the standard version for more information about it.
This is a reference card with a custom cooling solution, which doesn't affect performance directly. Therefore, its performance is on level with the reference Radeon HD 7850.
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