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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5870 MSI Lightning Edition GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition OC 1GB
Hitman 3 266% 356%
Cyberpunk 2077 181% 250%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 157% 221%
Resident Evil 8 181% 250%
FIFA 21 42% 77%
Grand Theft Auto VI 296% 393%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 149% 210%
Genshin Impact 181% 250%
Far Cry 6 307% 407%
The Medium 251% 337%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 5870 MSI Lightning Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition OC 1GB.

The GTX 650 Ti has a 93 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5870, but the HD 5870 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 650 Ti. As a result, the HD 5870 exhibits a 8.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 650 Ti. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 650 Ti has a 93 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5870, but the HD 5870 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 650 Ti. As a result, the HD 5870 exhibits a 12.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 650 Ti. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 650 Ti was released over a year more recently than the HD 5870, and so the GTX 650 Ti is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 5870.

The Radeon HD 5870 MSI Lightning Edition and the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition OC 1GB have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 5870 has 67.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 650 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5870 is much better than the GTX 650 Ti.

The Radeon HD 5870 MSI Lightning Edition has 1600 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition OC 1GB has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5870 is 720 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 Ti is 763. The GTX 650 Ti having 43 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 5870 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GTX 650 Ti transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5870. This means that the GTX 650 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5870.

The Radeon HD 5870 MSI Lightning Edition requires 188 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition OC 1GB. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5870.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs993 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress XTKepler GK106-220-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date23 Feb 2010vs01 Oct 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
8.1
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7.2
1920x1080
6.3
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5.6
2560x1440
4.4
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3.9
3840x2160 - vs green tick
2.5

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1200 MHzvs1350 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth153.6GB/secvs86.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1600vs768
Actual Shader Performance35%vs37%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs64
Texture Rate72 GTexel/svs63.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate28.8 GPixel/svs15.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power188 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 40 Amps-

GPU Features

DirectX11.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 5870 MSI Lightning Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End Radeon HD 5870, created by MSI.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 900MHz, instead of 850MHz while the Memory Clock remains the same.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System has MSI's custom-designed Twin Frozr II Thermal Design, meaning the Graphics Card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference Radeon HD 5870.
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition OC 1GB is a special edition of the fast-middle-class GeForce GTX 650 Ti.
This edition features a new and better cooling system called Cyclone II Thermal Design with Dust Removal technology and an increase in the central clock that went from 928MHz to 993MHz. The Memory clock was left untouched.
The overclocking is relevant and benchmarks indicate there's a 4% boost when compared to the reference GeForce GTX 650 Ti.
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