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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 2 Radeon HD 4290
Cyberpunk 2077 4009% 4297%
Hitman 3 5245% 5620%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3658% 3921%
Resident Evil 8 4009% 4297%
FIFA 21 1973% 2118%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5682% 6087%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3536% 3791%
The Medium 5027% 5386%
Genshin Impact 4009% 4297%
Far Cry 6 5845% 6262%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 2 are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 4290.

The Radeon HD 4290 has a 133 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8400 GS, but the 8400 GS has 4 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 4290. As a result, the 8400 GS exhibits a 1.7 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 133 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8400 GS, but the 8400 GS has 4 more Render Output Units than the Radeon HD 4290. As a result, the 8400 GS exhibits a 1.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon HD 4290. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon HD 4290 was released over a year more recently than the 8400 GS, and so the Radeon HD 4290 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the 8400 GS.

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 8400 GS has 384 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 8400 GS also has superior memory performance overall.

The 8400 GS has 6.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 4290, which means that the memory performance of the 8400 GS is marginally better than the Radeon HD 4290.

The GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 2 has 8 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4290 has 40. However, the actual shader performance of the 8400 GS is 10 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 4290 is 18. The Radeon HD 4290 having 8 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 8400 GS performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon HD 4290 transistor size technology is 10 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8400 GS. This means that the Radeon HD 4290 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8400 GS. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon HD 4290 should consume less power than the 8400 GS.

The GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 2 requires 25 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 4290.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed567 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G98RS880D
OC Potential Fair vs None
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Dec 2007vs01 Mar 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed400 MHzvs-
Memory Bus64 Bitvs32 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth6.4GB/secvs-
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units8vs40
Actual Shader Performance0%vs1%
Texture Mapping Units8vs4
Texture Rate4.5 GTexel/svs2.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs4
Pixel Rate4.5 GPixel/svs2.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power25 Watts-
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model4.1vs4.1
Open GL3.3vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron 440 2.0GHz-
Recommended RAM3 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768-

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 8400 GS Rev. 2 is the second revision of the entry-level GeForce 8400 GS.
Based on the G98 Core (against the G86 of the first revision), it offers only 8 Shader Processing Units instead of 16 but its central unit is higher-clocked. It also features a 512MB frame buffer against the 256MB of the first revision which will prove useful on most 3D applications.
Its performance is on level with the first revision due to the lesser SPU count but the power consumption is much lower of only 25 Watts.
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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