Select any two GPUs for comparison

Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 4850 Gigabyte 512MB Edition GeForce GTX 260
Cyberpunk 2077 654% 506%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 654% 506%
eFootball PES 2020 274% 201%
Control 862% 673%
Grand Theft Auto VI 738% 574%
Borderlands 3 479% 366%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 674% 523%
FIFA 20 192% 135%
Red Dead Redemption 2 654% 506%
F1 2019 526% 403%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 4850 Gigabyte 512MB Edition.

The HD 4850 has a 64 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 260, but the GeForce GTX 260 has 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 4850. As a result, the GeForce GTX 260 exhibits a 11.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 4850. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 4850 has a 64 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 260, but the GeForce GTX 260 has 12 more Render Output Units than the HD 4850. As a result, the GeForce GTX 260 exhibits a 5.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 4850. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 4850 was released over three years more recently than the GeForce GTX 260, and so the HD 4850 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce GTX 260 when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 260 has 384 MB more video memory than the HD 4850, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce GTX 260 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GTX 260 has 51.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 4850, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 260 is much better than the HD 4850.

The Radeon HD 4850 Gigabyte 512MB Edition has 800 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 260 has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 4850 is 358 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 260 is 254. The HD 4850 having 104 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce GTX 260 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 4850 transistor size technology is 10 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 260. This means that the HD 4850 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 260.

The Radeon HD 4850 Gigabyte 512MB Edition requires 110 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 260 requires 182 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 4850 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GeForce GTX 260. The GeForce GTX 260 requires 72 Watts more than the HD 4850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 260 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 4850.

Can I Run It

information button related to GD Premium

Check any game system requirements


GPU Architecture

Core Speed640 MHzvs576 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureR700 RV770 PROTesla G200-100-A2
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Oct 2011vs16 Jun 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
vs green tick
vs green tick
vs green tick
green tick vs -

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs896 MB
Memory Speed940 MHzvs999 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs448 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth60.2GB/secvs111.9GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs green tick 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units800vs192
Actual Shader Performance17%vs12%
Texture Mapping Units40vs64
Texture Rate25.6 GTexel/svs36.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs28
Pixel Rate10.2 GPixel/svs16.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power110 Wattsvs182 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Wattsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.1vs4.0
Open GL3.3vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33GHzvsIntel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
Recommended RAM6 GBvs6 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1440x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 4850 Gigabyte 512MB Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 4850.
The new features include an increase in the central unit that went from 625MHz to 640MHz, while the operating memory clock was reduced to 940MHz. A new cooling system is also available.
The performance ends up being exactly like the reference card.
GeForce GTX 260 is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed G200-100-A2 which has 8 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 192 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 28 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 576MHz.

The GPU accesses a 896MB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 448-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 999MHz.

DirectX 10.0 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 182W, it requires at least a 500W PSU and it requires at least two 6-pin available connectors.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance around of a Radeon HD 4870, meaning it is much faster than GeForce GTS 250.
Recommended CPUIntel Pentium Dual Core E6700 3.2GHz
Intel Pentium Dual Core G6960 2.93GHz
AMD Athlon II X2 270
Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 1.86GHz
AMD Athlon II X3 405e
Intel Xeon Processor E5520
AMD APU A6-3620 Quad Core
AMD Athlon II X4 610e
AMD Phenom 9950 Quad-Core Black Edition
Intel Pentium G4400T 2.9GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesRadeon HD 7850 Direct CU II
GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 560 Ti Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition
Radeon HD 6950 XFX 2GB Edition
Radeon HD 6950 PowerColor 1GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 DA OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Galaxy GC Edition
GeForce GTX 570 MSI OC Power Edition
GeForce GTX 570 Gigabyte Edition
Radeon HD 6970 Lightning Edition
GPU Variants--



No Ads

or, become Premium, be ad free + get access to all GD’s extra features

Here’s one for everyone. We remove ads for 24hrs if you visit the link below. You don’t need to buy anything there, just follow the link and be ad free.