AMD HD 8870M vs ATI Mobility HD 5850

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.70
 
1.42
Architecture
GCN
 
Terascale 2
GPU code name
Venus
 
Broadway-PRO
Market segment
Laptop
 
Laptop
Launch date
18 December 2012 (8 years ago)
 
7 January 2010 (11 years ago)
Price now
$338
 
$153

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
640
 
800
Core clock speed
725 MHz
 
625 MHz
Boost clock speed
775 MHz
 
no data
Number of transistors
1,500 million
 
1,040 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
40 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
no data
 
30 Watt
Texture fill rate
31.00
 
20.00
Floating-point performance
992.0 gflops
 
800.0 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 8870M and Mobility Radeon HD 5850 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop size
large
 
large
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 2.0 x16

Memory

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

Memory type
GDDR5, DDR3
 
DDR3, GDDR3, GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
 
1 GB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
4500 MHz
 
2000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
72 GB/s
 
64 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (11_1)
 
11.2 (11_0)
Shader Model
5.1
 
5.0
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.4
OpenCL
1.2
 
1.2
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
N/A

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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.

HD 8870M 6.28 +8.5%
ATI Mobility HD 5850 5.79

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.

HD 8870M 11715 +109.5%
ATI Mobility HD 5850 5592

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 8870M and Mobility Radeon HD 5850. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
107 Mh/s
 
no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

HD 8870M satisfies 78% minimum and 66% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
78%
Recommended
66%
Minimum
78%
Recommended
66%

ATI Mobility HD 5850 satisfies 77% minimum and 65% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
77%
Recommended
65%
Minimum
77%
Recommended
65%

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

 
HD 8870M
ATI Mobility HD 5850
900p
 
42 +121.1%
19 −121.1%
1080p
 
33 +32%
25 −32%

Competitors of Radeon HD 8870M from NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 8870M from NVIDIA is GeForce GT 755M, which is slower by 1% and lower by 5 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 8870M:

Competitors of Mobility Radeon HD 5850 from NVIDIA

The nearest Mobility Radeon HD 5850's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce 9800M GTS SLI, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Mobility Radeon HD 5850:

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 8870M

8.5% better performance in benchmarks

Much newer (18 December 2012 vs 7 January 2010)

Higher memory bandwidth (72 vs 64 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 40 nm)

Advantages of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850

Cheaper ($153 vs $338)

More pipelines (800 vs 640)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon HD 8870M and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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