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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro4 550 XGL GeForce 8400 GS
Red Dead Redemption 2 8006% 4180%
Cyberpunk 2077 11036% 5780%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 4900% 2540%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 11036% 5780%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8006% 4180%
Doom Eternal 6870% 3580%
FIFA 20 4218% 2180%
Grand Theft Auto VI 12286% 6440%
Need For Speed Heat 8006% 4180%
Halo: Reach 2476% 1260%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS are significantly better than the Nvidia Quadro4 550 XGL.

The GeForce 8400 GS has a 180 MHz higher core clock speed and 4 more Texture Mapping Units than the Quadro4 550 XGL. This results in the GeForce 8400 GS providing 2.5 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since the GeForce 8400 GS supports up to DirectX 10.0.

The GeForce 8400 GS has a 180 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro4 550 XGL and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce 8400 GS providing 0.7 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. The GeForce 8400 GS supports up to DirectX 10.0, so pixeling performance is not particularly relevant for this GPU. It would be relevant for comparing the Quadro4 550 XGL with other old GPUs, but in this case it is probably safe to say that the GeForce 8400 GS is superior.

The GeForce 8400 GS was released over three years more recently than the Quadro4 550 XGL, and so the GeForce 8400 GS is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Quadro4 550 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 GeForce 8400 GS has 192 MB more video memory than the Quadro4 550 XGL, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce 8400 GS also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce 8400 GS has 3.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Quadro4 550 XGL, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 8400 GS is marginally better than the Quadro4 550 XGL.

The Quadro4 550 XGL has 2 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8400 GS has 16. However, the actual shader performance of the Quadro4 550 XGL is 1 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 8400 GS is 18. The GeForce 8400 GS having 17 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce 8400 GS delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Quadro4 550 XGL.

The GeForce 8400 GS transistor size technology is 70 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro4 550 XGL. This means that the GeForce 8400 GS is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro4 550 XGL. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce 8400 GS should consume less power than the Quadro4 550 XGL.

The GeForce 8400 GS requires 18 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Quadro4 550 XGL. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GeForce 8400 GS, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the Quadro4 550 XGL.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed270 MHzvs450 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureNV17 A3Tesla G86
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date19 Feb 2002vs17 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900 - vs green tick
1.8
1920x1080 - vs green tick
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2560x1440 - vs green tick
0.7
3840x2160 - vs green tick
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GPU Memory

Memory64 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed200 MHzvs400 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth3.2GB/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 Units2vs16
Actual Shader Performance0%vs1%
Technology150nmvs80nm
Texture Mapping Units4vs8
Texture Rate1.1 GTexel/svs3.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs4
Pixel Rate1.1 GPixel/svs1.8 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2048x1536
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-18 Watts
Recommended PSU-300 Watts & 20 Amps

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-Intel Celeron 440 2.0GHz
Recommended RAM-2 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-800x600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewQuadro4 550 XGL is a professional graphics card that will deliver similar gaming performance to GeForce4 MX 460, though worse due to the lack of support for gaming drivers, lower memory bandwidth and reduced frame buffer size, as well as a lower clocked central unit.GeForce 8400 GS is an entry-level GFX based on the 80nm variant of the first-shader unified architecture.
It's based on the G86 Core and offers 16 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs, on a 64-bit memory interface of DDR2. The central unit runs at 450MHz and the memory clock operates at 400MHz. It will consume no more than 40 Watt.
It's therefore a GeForce 8500 GT, slightly lower power consumption and no SLI support.
This GPU is only suited for a 1024x768 (or less) resolution. Most of today's games will only run at low settings and extremely demanding games might not run at all. DirectX 11 based games aren't supported and its performance will decrease drastically, as the resolution increases.
Note: This GPU had two revisions which added HDMI support, DDR3 memory and different core configurations.
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