GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7850 vs 5870 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.2

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon HD 7850 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 7850  based on its benchmarks, compute performance and noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 7850

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 7850

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Significantly better 3DMark06 score 20,570 vs 14,380 Around 45% better 3DMark06 score
Better PassMark score 3,813 vs 2,607 More than 45% better PassMark score
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Slightly better 3DMark 11 graphics score 6,510 vs 4,390 Around 50% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Slightly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 23,350 vs 20,160 More than 15% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Better fire strike factor score 43.94 vs 31.94 Around 40% better fire strike factor score
Better particle simulation score 323.89 mInteraction/s vs 178.45 mInteraction/s More than 80% better particle simulation score
Lower TDP 130W vs 188W More than 30% lower TDP
Front view of Radeon HD 5870

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Better floating-point performance 2,800 GFLOPS vs 1,761.3 GFLOPS Around 60% better floating-point performance
More shading units 1,600 vs 1,024 576 more shading units
Slightly more texture mapping units 80 vs 64 16 more texture mapping units

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7850 vs 5870

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7850
212.34 mHash/s
Radeon HD 5870
134.18 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7850
47.04 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 5870
18.8 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7850
1,164.67 frames/s
Radeon HD 5870
980.53 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7850
3,356.84
Radeon HD 5870
3,354.97

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7850
3,715.5
Radeon HD 5870
3,712.06

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7850  vs 5870 

9.1
8.8
We see very good overclocking potential for GPU clock, which is the best of all HD 7850 cards that we've reviewed so far.
Radeon HD 7850

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