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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce FX 5950 Ultra Radeon HD 4290
Cyberpunk 2077 4180% 4297%
Hitman 3 5468% 5620%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3815% 3921%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3688% 3791%
FIFA 21 2059% 2118%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5923% 6087%
Far Cry 6 6093% 6262%
Genshin Impact 4180% 4297%
Battlefield 6 5468% 5620%
Resident Evil 8 4180% 4297%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 4290.

The Radeon HD 4290 has a 225 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the FX 5950. This results in the Radeon HD 4290 providing 0.9 GTexel/s better texturing performance. 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 225 MHz higher core clock speed than the FX 5950 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon HD 4290 providing 0.9 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 FX 5950, 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 FX 5950 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 FX 5950 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 FX 5950 also has superior memory performance overall.

The FX 5950 has 15.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 4290, which means that the memory performance of the FX 5950 is slightly better than the Radeon HD 4290.

The GeForce FX 5950 Ultra has 4 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4290 has 40. However, the actual shader performance of the FX 5950 is 2 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 4290 is 18. The Radeon HD 4290 having 16 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the FX 5950 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon HD 4290 transistor size technology is 75 nm (nanometers) smaller than the FX 5950. This means that the Radeon HD 4290 is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the FX 5950. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon HD 4290 should consume less power than the FX 5950.

The GeForce FX 5950 Ultra requires 74 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 4290.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed475 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential None vs None
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date23 Oct 2003vs01 Mar 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed475 MHzvs-
Memory Bus256 Bitvs32 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth15.2GB/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 Rate1.9 GTexel/svs2.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs4
Pixel Rate1.9 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 Power74 Watts-
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model2.0vs4.1
Open GL1.5vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 3.0GHz-
Recommended RAM2 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe top-to-bottom family of NVIDIA GeForce FX GPUs provide both high-performance gaming for enthusiasts and best-in-class features for mainstream users. Whether you're a bleeding-edge gamer who desires the most advanced gaming technology available, or a PC user in search of the perfect combination of power, performance, and value--GeForce FX solutions deliver. 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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