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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon 9600 PRO Radeon HD 4290
Cyberpunk 2077 4039% 4297%
Hitman 3 5285% 5620%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3686% 3921%
Resident Evil 8 4039% 4297%
FIFA 21 1988% 2118%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5724% 6087%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3563% 3791%
The Medium 5065% 5386%
Genshin Impact 4039% 4297%
Far Cry 6 5889% 6262%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon 9600 PRO are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 4290.

The Radeon HD 4290 has a 300 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the Radeon 9600 PRO. This results in the Radeon HD 4290 providing 1.2 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since the Radeon HD 4290 supports up to DirectX 10.1.

The Radeon HD 4290 has a 300 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon 9600 PRO and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon HD 4290 providing 1.2 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 Radeon HD 4290 was released over three years more recently than the Radeon 9600 PRO, 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 9600 PRO 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 9600 PRO and the Radeon HD 4290 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The Radeon 9600 PRO has 4.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 4290, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon 9600 PRO is marginally better than the Radeon HD 4290.

The Radeon 9600 PRO has 4 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4290 has 40. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon 9600 PRO 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 9600 PRO performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon HD 4290 transistor size technology is 75 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon 9600 PRO. This means that the Radeon HD 4290 is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon 9600 PRO. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon HD 4290 should consume less power than the Radeon 9600 PRO.

The Radeon 9600 PRO requires 18 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 4290. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the Radeon 9600 PRO.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed400 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential Poor vs None
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Oct 2003vs01 Mar 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory128 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed300 MHzvs-
Memory Bus128 Bitvs32 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth4.8GB/secvs-
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4vs40
Actual Shader Performance0%vs1%
Texture Mapping Units4vs4
Texture Rate1.6 GTexel/svs2.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs4
Pixel Rate1.6 GPixel/svs2.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2048x1536vs-
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power18 Watts-
Recommended PSU300 Watts-

GPU Features

Shader Model2.0vs4.1
Open GL2.0vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM2 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution800x600-

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Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon 9600 PRO is a directX 9 capable card based on the RV300 architecture.
Based on the RV360 Core, it equips 4 Pixel Shaders, 4 TMUs and 4 ROPs, on a 128-bit memory of DDR. While the central unit runs at 400MHz, the memory clock operates 300MHz.
It's still not suited for a 720p resolution, as its memory size is still limited and memory bandwidth is very reduced.
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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