Radeon HD 5850: specs and benchmarks

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Aggregated performance score

Radeon HD 5850 provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 5.14% of a leader's which is GeForce RTX 4090.

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Summary

ATI started Radeon HD 5850 sales 30 September 2009 at a recommended price of $299 . This is a desktop graphics card based on a Terascale 2 architecture and made with 40 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamer market. 1 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 2 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 128.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 241 mm. Two 6-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 151 Watt.

Primary details

Some basic facts about Radeon HD 5850: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking586
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation0.80
ArchitectureTerascale 2 (2009−2015)
GPU code nameCypress
Market segmentDesktop
Release date30 September 2009 (14 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$299
Current price$120 (0.4x MSRP)of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Detailed specifications

Radeon HD 5850's specs such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 5850's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1440of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Core clock speed725 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors2,154 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1070 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology40 nmof 4 (Radeon 780M)
Power consumption (TDP)151 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate52.20of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance2,088.0 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Form factor & compatibility

This section provides details about the physical dimensions of Radeon HD 5850 and its compatibility with other computer components. This information is useful when selecting a computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics cards, it includes details about the interface and bus (for motherboard compatibility) and additional power connectors (for power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
Length241 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors2x 6-pin

VRAM capacity and type

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 5850: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount1 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed2000 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth128.0 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)

Connectivity and outputs

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 5850. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
HDMI+

API compatibility

APIs supported by Radeon HD 5850, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX11.2 (11_0)
Shader Model5.0
OpenGL4.4of 4.6 (GeForce RTX 4090)
OpenCL1.2
VulkanN/A

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon HD 5850. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

ATI HD 5850 5.14

Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

ATI HD 5850 1988

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

ATI HD 5850 13267

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

ATI HD 5850 3401

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon HD 5850 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Average FPS across all PC games

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

900p59
Full HD57

FPS performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 9−10

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−11
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 14−16
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 9−10
Far Cry 5 10−12
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Hitman 3 12−14
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−11
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−11
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12−14
Watch Dogs: Legion 7−8

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−11
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 14−16
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 9−10
Far Cry 5 10−12
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Hitman 3 12−14
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−11
Metro Exodus 7−8
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−11
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12−14
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12
Watch Dogs: Legion 7−8

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−11
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 14−16
Cyberpunk 2077 9−10
Far Cry 5 10−12
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12
Watch Dogs: Legion 7−8

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8−9
Hitman 3 9−10
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
Metro Exodus 3−4
Red Dead Redemption 2 3−4
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 8−9

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 3−4
Battlefield 5 1−2
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
Far Cry 5 8−9
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
Forza Horizon 4 7−8
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 4−5
Watch Dogs: Legion 0−1

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4−5
Hitman 3 5−6
Horizon Zero Dawn 7−8
Red Dead Redemption 2 3−4
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 1−2
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 1−2

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 3−4
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 2−3
Cyberpunk 2077 0−1
Far Cry 5 5−6
Far Cry New Dawn 7−8
Forza Horizon 4 3−4
Watch Dogs: Legion 0−1

Closest competitors

Radeon HD 5850's performance relative to its closest rivals among desktop graphics cards.


Juniper 106.61
Radeon HD 5850 100

NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon HD 5850 is GeForce GTX 460 SE, which is faster by 1% and higher by 4 positions in our ranking.

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Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 5850:

P106-090 117.7
Radeon HD 5850 100
GeForce 945A 93.19

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Recommended processors

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