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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 6850 GigaByte Edition GeForce GTX 285
Cyberpunk 2077 352% 345%
Control 476% 468%
eFootball PES 2020 124% 121%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 352% 345%
Grand Theft Auto VI 402% 395%
Borderlands 3 247% 242%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 364% 358%
Red Dead Redemption 2 352% 345%
FIFA 20 75% 73%
F1 2019 275% 270%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 6850 GigaByte Edition.

The HD 6850 has a 172 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 285, but the GeForce GTX 285 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6850. As a result, the GeForce GTX 285 exhibits a 12.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 6850. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 6850 has a 172 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 285 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 6850 providing 5.5 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 HD 6850 was released over a year more recently than the GeForce GTX 285, and so the HD 6850 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GeForce GTX 285.

The Radeon HD 6850 GigaByte Edition and the GeForce GTX 285 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GeForce GTX 285 has 24.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 6850, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 285 is slightly better than the HD 6850.

The Radeon HD 6850 GigaByte Edition has 960 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 285 has 240. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 6850 is 394 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 285 is 358. The HD 6850 having 36 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce GTX 285 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 6850 transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 285. This means that the HD 6850 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 285. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the HD 6850 should consume less power than the GeForce GTX 285.

The GeForce GTX 285 requires 204 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD 6850. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6850 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GeForce GTX 285. The GeForce GTX 285 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the HD 6850. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 285 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 6850.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed820 MHzvs648 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Barts ProTesla G200-350-B3
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date22 Oct 2010vs23 Dec 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs1242 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth134.4GB/secvs159GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units960vs240
Actual Shader Performance19%vs17%
Texture Mapping Units48vs80
Texture Rate39.4 GTexel/svs51.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate26.2 GPixel/svs20.7 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-204 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 25 Ampsvs550 Watts & 40 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.3vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHzvsIntel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1680x1050vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 6850 GigaByte Edition is a special edition of the powerful Radeon HD 6850.
It appears the only differences are the extra 45 MHZ on the core clock and 200 MHZ on the memory clock.
The performance is therefore better than the standard Radeon HD 6850 but still far from the next class GPU - Radeon HD 6870.
Very demanding games should run on high settings while less demanding games should be maxed out easily.
GeForce GTX 285 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed G200-350-B3 which has 10 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 240 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 648MHz.

The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 512-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1242MHz.

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 204W, it requires at least a 550W PSU and it requires at least two 6-pin available connectors.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance considerably above the lower positioned GeForce GTX 280.
It is therefore even faster than the Fermi based GeForce GTX 460 1GB.
Recommended CPUIntel Xeon Processor X5355
AMD Phenom II X3 700e
Intel Xeon Processor E5420
AMD Phenom 8750B Triple-Core
Intel Core 2 Duo E7600 3.06GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 850
Intel Core i5-4460T 1.9GHz
AMD APU A10-7860K Quad-Core
AMD APU A10-7850K Quad-Core
Intel Core i3-6300T 3.3GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesRadeon HD 7950 Asus DirectCU II TOP 3GB Edition
Radeon HD 7950 Sapphire FleX 3GB Edition
GeForce GTX 760 Zotac 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 760 Zotac 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Inno3D iChill 2GB Edition
Radeon HD 5850 Crossfire
Radeon HD 7870 XT Sapphire Edition
Radeon HD 7870 XT PowerColor Myst. Edition
Radeon HD 7870 XT
Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition
GPU Variants-GeForce GTX 285 SLI
GeForce GTX 285 3-Way SLI



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