In our tests, the Radeon HD 7850 was up to 16% faster than its main competitor, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. The only exceptions were on FarCry 2 at 1920×1200, where the video card from NVIDIA was 9% faster, (at 2560×1600, however, the video card from AMD was 6% faster), and on DiRT3 at 2560×1600, where the GeForce GTX 560 Ti was 6% faster (at 1920×1200, both achieved the same performance level).
On Media Espresso, the Radeon HD 7850 was substantially faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, with an advantage of 28 percent. This shows that the new “GCN” architecture is really optimized for the processing of “regular” programs, as promised by AMD.
The Radeon HD 7850 is an excellent video card if you have USD 250 in your budget for one, and it deserves our recommendation for the savvy user who is looking for an affordable high-end video card. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti, however, has as an advantage a lower price, as it was released one year ago. It will take a while for the price of the Radeon HD 7850 to drop. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is also a terrific option for the average user who prefers to save a little and doesn’t mind getting slightly lower performance.