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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5450 Sapphire 1GB DDR3 Edition Radeon HD 4290
Cyberpunk 2077 2768% 4297%
Hitman 3 3631% 5620%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2523% 3921%
Resident Evil 8 2768% 4297%
FIFA 21 1347% 2118%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3936% 6087%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2438% 3791%
Genshin Impact 2768% 4297%
The Medium 3479% 5386%
Far Cry 6 4050% 6262%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 5450 Sapphire 1GB DDR3 Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 4290.

The Radeon HD 4290 has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5450, but the HD 5450 has 4 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 4290. As a result, the HD 5450 exhibits a 2.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon HD 4290. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon HD 4290 has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5450 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon HD 4290 providing 0.2 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 5450 was released over a year more recently than the Radeon HD 4290, and so the HD 5450 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon HD 4290.

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 HD 5450 has 896 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 4290, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 5450 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 5450 has 10.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 4290, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5450 is slightly better than the Radeon HD 4290.

The Radeon HD 5450 Sapphire 1GB DDR3 Edition has 80 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4290 has 40. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5450 is 52 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 4290 is 18. The HD 5450 having 34 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5450 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 4290.

The HD 5450 transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon HD 4290. This means that the HD 5450 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon HD 4290. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the HD 5450 should consume less power than the Radeon HD 4290.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the HD 5450.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cedar PRORS880D
OC Potential Fair vs None
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Aug 2012vs01 Mar 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed667 MHzvs-
Memory Bus64 Bitvs32 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth10.7GB/secvs-
L2 Cache 128 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units80vs40
Actual Shader Performance3%vs1%
Texture Mapping Units8vs4
Texture Rate5.2 GTexel/svs2.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs4
Pixel Rate2.6 GPixel/svs2.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs-
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU400 Watts-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL3.2vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron E1600 Dual-Core 2.4GHz-
Recommended RAM3 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 5450 Sapphire 1GB DDR3 Edition is a special edition of the entry-level Radeon HD 5450 that features a slightly lower operating memory clock (667MHz, instead of 800MHz) which reduces the effective memory bandwidth between the GPU and the frame buffer. However, this does not necessarily reduce its overall performance under normal circumstances since its biggest weakness is the processing power. However, paired with a 64-bit bus, the overall performance might be bottleneck in most of today's modern games.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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