ATI Radeon HD 5850: specs and benchmarks

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ATI Radeon HD 5850
ATI Radeon HD 5850
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 725
  • Max video memory 1024 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 2000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2009
Performance 6.77

Summary

ATI started Radeon HD 5850 sales 30 September 2009 at a recommended price of $299. This is Terascale 2 architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 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.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

6.77%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon HD 5850's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating508
Value for money0.85
ArchitectureTerascale 2 (2009−2015)
GPU code nameCypress
Market segmentDesktop
Release date30 September 2009 (12 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$299
Current price$141 (0.5x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon HD 5850's general performance parameters 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 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed725 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors2,154 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology40 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)151 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate52.20of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance2,088.0 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 5850's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

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

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 5850: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount1 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed2000 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth128.0 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 5850. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

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

API support

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

DirectX11.2 (11_0)
Shader Model5.0
OpenGL4.4of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.2
VulkanN/A

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 5850. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. 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 6.77
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  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various 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: 26%

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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%

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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

Game benchmarks

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

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

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Full HD57

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

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 5850 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 5850 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 460 v2, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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