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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 240 2GB Radeon HD 3850 X2
Cyberpunk 2077 786% 731%
Hitman 3 1053% 981%
Resident Evil 8 786% 731%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 711% 660%
FIFA 21 347% 319%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1147% 1069%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 684% 635%
Genshin Impact 786% 731%
Far Cry 6 1182% 1102%
The Medium 1006% 937%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 3850 X2 are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon R7 240 2GB.

The R7 240 has a 61 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 3850, but the HD 3850 has 12 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 240. As a result, the HD 3850 exhibits a 6.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R7 240. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R7 240 has a 61 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 3850, but the HD 3850 has 24 more Render Output Units than the R7 240. As a result, the HD 3850 exhibits a 15.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R7 240. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R7 240 was released over three years more recently than the HD 3850, and so the R7 240 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 3850 when running the latest games.

The R7 240 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 3850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 3850 has 77.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 240, which means that the memory performance of the HD 3850 is much better than the R7 240.

The Radeon R7 240 2GB has 320 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3850 X2 has 640. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 240 is 212 and the actual shader performance of the HD 3850 is 428. The HD 3850 having 216 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 3850 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R7 240.

The R7 240 transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 3850. This means that the R7 240 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 3850. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the R7 240 should consume less power than the HD 3850.

The Radeon R7 240 2GB requires 30 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 3850 X2 requires 140 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the R7 240 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 3850. The HD 3850 requires 110 Watts more than the R7 240 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 3850 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R7 240.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed730 MHzvs669 MHz
Boost Clock780 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Oland PRORV670 PRO
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs04 Apr 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
6.4
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1600x900
4.9
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1920x1080
3.1
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2560x1440
2.3
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3840x2160
1.5
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs828 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/secvs106GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units320vs640
Actual Shader Performance10%vs21%
Technology28nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units20vs32
Texture Rate14.6 GTexel/svs21.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs32
Pixel Rate5.8 GPixel/svs21.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power30 Wattsvs140 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 18 Ampsvs450 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10.1
Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.4vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewNote: This Graphics Card has 2 variants: one with DDR3 and another with GDDR5. This is the DDR3 Version.

Radeon R7 240 2GB offers a core codenamed Oland PRO and thus features 320 Shader Processing Units, 20 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 128-bit bus width of standard DDR3. While the central unit runs at 730MHz and goes up to 780MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 900MHz.
With a rated board TDP of 30W, it requires no extra power connectors.

Compared to Radeon R7 250, its performance is significantly lower (over 25% slower), especially at higher resolutions due to the limited memory bandwidth. Still, the TDP is relatively low and so this card may be used on low end systems and offer a reasonable upgrade, when compared to integrated graphics.
Radeon HD 3850 X2 (not Crossfire) is a dual-graphics solution of two Radeon HD 3850.
This combination is expected to offer almost the same performance as Radeon HD 3850 Crossfired while consuming slightly less power. However, and just like Crossfire, its performance also relies a lot on proper driver support.
Today's modern demanding games will have to be played using the medium preset but with fluent frame rates. However, DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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