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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon X1050 256MB Radeon HD 4290
Cyberpunk 2077 6963% 4297%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 6359% 3921%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 6150% 3791%
FIFA 21 3463% 2118%
Grand Theft Auto VI 9838% 6087%
Far Cry 6 10119% 6262%
Genshin Impact 6963% 4297%
Hitman 3 9088% 5620%
Watch Dogs Legion 6713% 4141%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 10025% 6204%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 4290 are significantly better than the AMD Radeon X1050 256MB.

The Radeon HD 4290 has a 300 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon X1050 256MB, but the Radeon X1050 256MB has 4 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 4290. As a result, the Radeon X1050 256MB exhibits a 0.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon HD 4290. Neither of these GPUs support DirectX 10 or higher, so Texture Rate holds more weight than when comparing more modern GPUs.

The Radeon HD 4290 has a 300 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon X1050 256MB, but the Radeon X1050 256MB has 4 more Render Output Units than the Radeon HD 4290. As a result, the Radeon X1050 256MB exhibits a 0.4 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 three years more recently than the Radeon X1050 256MB, 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 Radeon X1050 256MB 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 X1050 256MB 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 Radeon X1050 256MB also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon X1050 256MB has 10.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 4290, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon X1050 256MB is slightly better than the Radeon HD 4290.

The Radeon X1050 256MB has 4 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4290 has 40. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon X1050 256MB is 1 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 4290 is 18. The Radeon HD 4290 having 17 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Radeon X1050 256MB performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon HD 4290 transistor size technology is 55 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon X1050 256MB. This means that the Radeon HD 4290 is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon X1050 256MB. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon HD 4290 should consume less power than the Radeon X1050 256MB.

The Radeon X1050 256MB requires 24 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 4290.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed400 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureRV410RS880D
OC Potential None vs None
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Dec 2006vs01 Mar 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed333 MHzvs-
Memory Bus128 Bitvs32 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth10.7GB/secvs-
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4vs40
Actual Shader Performance0%vs1%
Technology110nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units8vs4
Texture Rate3.2 GTexel/svs2.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs4
Pixel Rate3.2 GPixel/svs2.8 GPixel/s
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VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
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GPU Power Requirements

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GPU Features

DirectX9.0vs10.1
Shader Model2.0vs4.1
Open GL2.0vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsno
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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon X1050 is an entry-level GFX based on the 110nm variant of the R400 architecture.
It's based on the RV410 Core and offers 4 Pixel Shaders, 8 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 128-bit of standard DDR2. The central unit runs at 400MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 333MHz. Expect a TDP of up to 24 Watt.
Radeon X1050 is not related to the rest of the X1000 Series GPUs due to being based on the R400 architecture and not on the R500. Its performance is relatively limited - even for DirectX 9 based games. As it's not based on a Shader-Unified architecture, both DirectX 10 & 11 games aren't supported.
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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