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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro4 780 XGL Quadro NVS 290
Red Dead Redemption 2 4854% 5532%
Halo: Reach 1474% 1689%
Cyberpunk 2077 6706% 7637%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4854% 5532%
Doom Eternal 4159% 4742%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 6706% 7637%
Grand Theft Auto VI 7469% 8505%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 2956% 3374%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 6706% 7637%
Need For Speed Heat 4854% 5532%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia Quadro4 780 XGL are very slightly better than the Nvidia Quadro NVS 290.

The Quadro NVS 290 has a 185 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the Quadro4 780 XGL. This results in the Quadro NVS 290 providing 1.5 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since the Quadro NVS 290 supports up to DirectX 10.0.

The Quadro NVS 290 has a 185 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro4 780 XGL and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Quadro NVS 290 providing 0.7 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. The Quadro NVS 290 supports up to DirectX 10.0, so pixeling performance is not particularly relevant for this GPU. It would be relevant for comparing the Quadro4 780 XGL with other old GPUs, but in this case it is probably safe to say that the Quadro NVS 290 is superior.

The Quadro NVS 290 was released over three years more recently than the Quadro4 780 XGL, and so the Quadro NVS 290 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Quadro4 780 XGL 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 Quadro NVS 290 has 128 MB more video memory than the Quadro4 780 XGL, 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 2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Quadro4 780 XGL, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro NVS 290 is marginally better than the Quadro4 780 XGL.

The Quadro4 780 XGL has 4 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro NVS 290 has 16. However, the actual shader performance of the Quadro4 780 XGL is 1 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro NVS 290 is 18. The Quadro NVS 290 having 17 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Quadro NVS 290 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Quadro4 780 XGL.

The Quadro NVS 290 transistor size technology is 70 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro4 780 XGL. This means that the Quadro NVS 290 is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro4 780 XGL. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Quadro NVS 290 should consume less power than the Quadro4 780 XGL.

The Quadro NVS 290 requires 21 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Quadro4 780 XGL.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed275 MHzvs460 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureNV28G86
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Nov 2002vs04 Oct 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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GPU Memory

Memory128 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed275 MHzvs400 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth4.4GB/secvs6.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs green tick 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4vs16
Actual Shader Performance0%vs1%
Technology150nmvs80nm
Texture Mapping Units8vs8
Texture Rate2.2 GTexel/svs3.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs4
Pixel Rate1.1 GPixel/svs1.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-21 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

DirectX8.1vs10.0
Shader Model1.3vs4.0
Open GL1.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM-2 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewQuadro4 780 XGL is a professional graphics card that will deliver similar gaming performance to GeForce4 Ti 4400, though worse due to the lack of support for gaming drivers.Quadro 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.
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