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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 211% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 187% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 219% 29%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 350% 0%
Genshin Impact 214% 30%
eFootball PES 2021 58% 65%
FIFA 21 58% 65%
Watch Dogs Legion 202% 33%
Death Stranding 214% 30%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 177% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 361 MHz higher core clock speed and 184 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 5850. This results in the GTX 980 providing 233.2 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 GTX 980 has a 361 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Render Output Units than the HD 5850. This results in the GTX 980 providing 119.6 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 GTX 980 was released over three years more recently than the HD 5850, and so the GTX 980 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 5850 when running the latest games.

The GTX 980 has 7168 MB more video memory than the HD 5850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 980 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 has 304.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 5850, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the HD 5850.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition has 1440 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5850 is 551 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 6173 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 5850.

The GTX 980 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5850. This means that the GTX 980 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5850.

The Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition requires 151 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5850 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 199 Watts more than the HD 5850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 5850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed765 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1216 MHz
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress PROMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date13 Apr 2010vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
7.6
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
6
vs green tick
10
2560x1440
4.1
vs green tick
9.9
3840x2160 - vs green tick
7.8

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth144GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1440vs4096
Actual Shader Performance27%vs100%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs256
Texture Rate55.1 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs128
Pixel Rate24.5 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power151 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 40 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX11.0vs12.1
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 i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 5850 XFX Black 1GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End Radeon HD 5850 1GB, created by XFX.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 765MHz, instead of 725MHz while the Memory Clock is now of 1125MHz.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System has been replaced by XFX's custom-designed Thermal Design, meaning the Graphics Card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 6% performance over the reference Radeon HD 5850 1GB.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.

GPU
It consists of 2 GPUs codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 128 ROPs, on a 512-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1126MHz and goes up to 1216MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 300W and 400W.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is over 7% faster than AMD's Radeon R9 295X2.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Six Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 16GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI.
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