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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon X1650 PowerColor 256MB Edition Radeon HD 4290
Hitman 3 3631% 5620%
Cyberpunk 2077 2768% 4297%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2523% 3921%
FIFA 21 1347% 2118%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3936% 6087%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2438% 3791%
Resident Evil 8 2768% 4297%
Genshin Impact 2768% 4297%
Far Cry 6 4050% 6262%
The Medium 3479% 5386%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon X1650 PowerColor 256MB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 4290.

The Radeon HD 4290 was released over three years more recently than the X1650 PowerColor, and so the Radeon HD 4290 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the X1650 PowerColor when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful GPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The X1650 PowerColor has 128 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 4290, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the X1650 PowerColor also has superior memory performance overall.

The X1650 PowerColor has 6.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 4290, which means that the memory performance of the X1650 PowerColor is marginally better than the Radeon HD 4290.

The Radeon X1650 PowerColor 256MB Edition has 12 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4290 has 40. However, the actual shader performance of the X1650 PowerColor is 4 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 4290 is 18. The Radeon HD 4290 having 14 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the X1650 PowerColor performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the X1650 PowerColor.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed500 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential - vs None
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Feb 2007vs01 Mar 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed400 MHzvs-
Memory Bus64 Bitvs32 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth6.4GB/secvs-
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units12vs40
Actual Shader Performance0%vs1%
Texture Mapping Units-vs4
Texture Rate-vs2.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs4
Pixel Rate-vs2.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs-
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU350 Watts-

GPU Features

Shader Model3.0vs4.1
Open GL2.0vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

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Recommended RAM--
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution--

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon X1650 PowerColor 256MB Edition is a special edition of the Radeon X1650.
This version features a 64 bits bus, instead of 128 bits and it's equipped with only 256MB. The core and memory clocks are clocked at the same speed. Therefore, the performance is inferior to the standard Radeon X1650.
Radeon HD 4290 (IGP) is an integrated GPU on the AMD 890GX Chipset.
It's based on the RS880D Core and offers 40 Shader Processing Units, 4 TMUs and 4 ROPs a 32-bit memory interface of either DDR2 (more commonly) or DDR3. The central unit runs, commonly, at up to 700MHz and the memory clock's operating speed depends on the system RAM's speed.
Radeon HD 4290's performance depends on the users system configuration which will define the operating memory clock's speed and on the desktop manufacturer which decides its central unit's speed.
Therefore, Radeon HD 4290, even if paired with DDR3 won't offer similar performance to the dedicated Radeon HD 4350. DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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