AMD Radeon HD 6850 vs R7 250X

AMD Radeon HD 6850
AMD Radeon R7 250X

General info

Comparison of Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon R7 250X architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
19.94
 
13.62
Architecture
TeraScale 2
 
GCN 1.0
Code name
Barts
 
Cape Verde
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
reference
 
reference
Release date
21 October 2010
 
13 February 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
$179
 
$99
Price now
$199
 
$261

Technical specs

Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon R7 250X's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon R7 250X's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
960
 
640
Boost Clock
n/d
 
1000 MHz
Transistor count
1,700 million
 
1,500 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
127 Watt
 
80 Watt
Texture fill rate
37.2 GTexel / s
 
38 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
1,488.0 gflops
 
1,216 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon R7 250X 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).
Bus support
AGP
 
PCIe 3.0
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
198 mm
 
210 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
1 x 6-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon R7 250X: 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 type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
 
2 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
n/d
 
1625 MHz
Memory bandwidth
128.0 GB / s
 
96 GB / s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon R7 250X.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Eyefinity
+
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon R7 250X. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
CrossFire
+
 
+
FreeSync
-
 
+
DDMA audio
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon R7 250X, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 11
 
DirectX® 12
OpenGL
4.4
 
4.6

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon R7 250X. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

HD 6850 11.91 +11.6%
R7 250X 10.67

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

HD 6850 2460
R7 250X 2860 +16.3%

Passmark

HD 6850 2292 +1.1%
R7 250X 2268

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4546 −0.1%
 
4549 +0.1%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4546 −0.1%
 
4549 +0.1%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon R7 250X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
139 Mh/s −9.4%
 
152 Mh/s +9.4%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon R7 250X are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 6850

11.6% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (960 vs 640)
Higher memory bandwidth (128 vs 96 GB/s)

Advantages of AMD Radeon R7 250X

Much newer (13 February 2014 vs 21 October 2010)
Cheaper ($99 vs $179)
Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 40 nm)
Less power hungry (80 vs 127 watts)
DirectX® 12
Mantle (an API developed by AMD for 3D graphics acceleration. Discontinued and later superceded by Vulkan)
OpenGL® 4.3
OpenCL™
HDMI
FreeSync

So, HD 6850 or R7 250X?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon HD 6850.
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