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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 256 Radeon 9250
Halo: Reach 11233% 2963%
Cyberpunk 2077 48900% 13143%
Red Dead Redemption 2 35567% 9540%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 21900% 5846%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 35567% 9540%
Doom Eternal 30567% 8188%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 48900% 13143%
Grand Theft Auto VI 54400% 14630%
FIFA 20 18900% 5035%
Need For Speed Heat 35567% 9540%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon 9250 are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce 256.

The Radeon 9250 was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 256, and so the Radeon 9250 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce 256 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 Radeon 9250 has 96 MB more video memory than the GeForce 256, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon 9250 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon 9250 has 0.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 256, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon 9250 is marginally better than the GeForce 256.

Both the GeForce 256 and the Radeon 9250 have 4 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the Radeon 9250 is 1 and by the GeForce 256 is 1. Knowing that the shader performance of the Radeon 9250 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed120 MHzvs240 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential None vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date31 Aug 1999vs02 Jan 2004
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory32 MBvs128 MB
Memory Speed166 MHzvs200 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsDDR
Memory Bandwidth2.7GB/secvs3.2GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4vs4
Actual Shader Performance-vs0%
Texture Mapping Units-vs-
Texture Rate-vs-
Render Output Units-vs-
Pixel Rate-vs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2048x1536
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

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GPU Features

Shader Model-vs1.4
Open GL1.0vs1.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 256 was, technically, the world's first GPU as it was the first single GPU "with integrated transform, lighting, triangle setup/clipping, and rendering engines that is capable of processing a minimum of 10 million polygons per second" - according to NVIDIA.
It's manufactured with a 220nm technology and offers 4 Pixel Shaders (not to be confused with today's Shader Processing Units), 4 TMUs and 4 ROPs, on a 128-bit interface of DDR. The central unit runs at 120MHz and the memory clock operates at 166MHz.
Obviously, none of today's games are playable.
The Radeon R200 is the second generation of Radeon graphics chips from ATI Technologies. The architecture features 3D acceleration based upon Microsoft Direct3D 8.0 and OpenGL 1.3, a major improvement in features and performance compared to the preceding Radeon R100 design. The GPU also includes 2D GUI acceleration, video acceleration, and multiple display outputs. 'R200' refers to the development codename of the initially released GPU of the generation. It is the basis for a variety of other succeeding products.
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