Radeon HD 7850: specs and benchmarks

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Aggregate performance score

Radeon HD 7850 provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 9.98% of a leader's which is GeForce RTX 4090.

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 7850 sales 5 March 2012 at a recommended price of $249 . This is a desktop graphics card based on a GCN 1.0 architecture and made with 28 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamer market. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.2 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 153.6 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 210 mm. 1x 6-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 130 Watt.

Primary details

Some basic facts about Radeon HD 7850: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking417
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation1.43
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 (2012−2020)
GPU code namePitcairn
Market segmentDesktop
Designreference
Release date5 March 2012 (12 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$249
Current price$267 (1.1x MSRP)of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Detailed specifications

Radeon HD 7850's specs such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 7850's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1024of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Boost clock speed1000 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors2,800 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1070 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (Radeon 780M)
Power consumption (TDP)130 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate55.04of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance1,761 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Form factor & compatibility

This section provides details about the physical dimensions of Radeon HD 7850 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).

Bus supportPCIe 2.1 x16
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length210 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin

VRAM capacity and type

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 7850: 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 amount2 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed1200 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth153.6 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)

Connectivity and outputs

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 7850. 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 Connectors1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Eyefinity1
HDMI+
DisplayPort support-

Supported technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 7850. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

AppAcceleration-
CrossFire1
Enduro-
FreeSync1
HD3D-
PowerTune-
TrueAudio-
ZeroCore-

API compatibility

APIs supported by Radeon HD 7850, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan+
Mantle-

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon HD 7850. 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.

HD 7850 9.98

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%

HD 7850 3859

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

HD 7850 5210

Unigine Heaven 4.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark, a newer version of Unigine 3.0 with relatively small differences. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. The benchmark is still sometimes used, despite its significant age, as it was released back in 2013.

Benchmark coverage: 1%

HD 7850 634

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon HD 7850 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.

Closest competitors

Radeon HD 7850's performance relative to its closest rivals among desktop graphics cards.


Radeon HD 7850 100
P104-100 96.99
T400 4 GB 95.99

NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon HD 7850 is GeForce GTX 750 Ti, which is faster by 1% and higher by 6 positions in our ranking.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 7850:

Radeon HD 7850 100
P104-100 96.99
T400 4 GB 95.99
T400 94.09

Similar GPUs

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Recommended processors

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