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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition Radeon HD 7850
Hitman 3 262% 254%
Cyberpunk 2077 178% 172%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 154% 149%
Resident Evil 8 178% 172%
FIFA 21 40% 37%
Grand Theft Auto VI 291% 283%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 146% 141%
Genshin Impact 178% 172%
Far Cry 6 302% 294%
The Medium 247% 240%

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

The Radeon HD 7850 has a 210 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 470. This results in the Radeon 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 Radeon 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 Radeon 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 Radeon HD 7850 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 470, and so the Radeon 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 Radeon 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 Radeon HD 7850 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon HD 7850 has 17.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 470, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon 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 has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 470 is 582 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 7850 is 749. The Radeon HD 7850 having 167 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD 7850 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 470.

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

The GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition requires 215 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 7850 requires 130 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 470 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Radeon HD 7850. The GTX 470 requires 85 Watts more than the Radeon HD 7850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 470 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon HD 7850.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs860 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF100-275-A3GCN 1.0 Pitcairn PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date01 Jun 2010vs19 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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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%

GPU Display

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

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power215 Wattsvs130 Watts
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 38 Ampsvs500 Watts & 20 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

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

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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 is a high-end GPU based on 28nm GCN architecture.
It's based on the Pitcairn Core (Pro variant) and therefore offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs on a 256-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked at 860MHz while the memory clock operates at 1200MHZ.
It offers great performance, almost on level with previously acclaimed Radeon HD 6970. Therefore, most demanding games are playable at the highest settings with fluent frame rates, using a 1080p resolution.
Radeon HD 7850 was elected the best GPU of 2012 by the GD community, thanks to its accessible price and outstanding performance.
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