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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro NVS 290 Radeon HD 4290
Cyberpunk 2077 5847% 4297%
Hitman 3 7637% 5620%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5339% 3921%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 5163% 3791%
FIFA 21 2900% 2118%
Grand Theft Auto VI 8268% 6087%
Far Cry 6 8505% 6262%
Genshin Impact 5847% 4297%
Battlefield 6 7637% 5620%
Resident Evil 8 5847% 4297%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 4290 are significantly better than the Nvidia Quadro NVS 290.

The Radeon HD 4290 has a 240 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro NVS 290, but the Quadro NVS 290 has 4 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 4290. As a result, the Quadro NVS 290 exhibits a 0.9 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 240 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro NVS 290 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon HD 4290 providing 1 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 Radeon HD 4290 was released over a year more recently than the Quadro NVS 290, 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 Quadro NVS 290.

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 Quadro NVS 290 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 Quadro NVS 290 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Quadro NVS 290 has 6.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 4290, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro NVS 290 is marginally better than the Radeon HD 4290.

The Quadro NVS 290 has 16 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4290 has 40. The two GPUs are based on different architectures, but deliver an equivalent shader performance. To compare, we must continue to look at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the Quadro NVS 290 has 0.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate and 6.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth, but the Radeon HD 4290 has 1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate. Although the GPUs are very similar in performance, the Quadro NVS 290 takes the edge.

The Radeon HD 4290 transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro NVS 290. This means that the Radeon HD 4290 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro NVS 290. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon HD 4290 should consume less power than the Quadro NVS 290.

The Quadro NVS 290 requires 21 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 4290.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed460 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential Poor vs None
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date04 Oct 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 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units16vs40
Actual Shader Performance1%vs1%
Texture Mapping Units8vs4
Texture Rate3.7 GTexel/svs2.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs4
Pixel Rate1.8 GPixel/svs2.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs-
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power21 Watts-
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.1
Open GL3.3vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM2 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewQuadro NVS 290 is a professional Graphics Card certified for professional applications.
Its drivers are not optimized for gaming purposes but rather for the use of professional applications. Its core, the G86, is used on the GeForce 8400 GS and therefore its performance is comparable but slightly worse, due to not benefiting from gaming optimizations that 8400 GS does.
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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