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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 4290 GeForce 9400 GT
Hitman 3 5620% 5554%
Cyberpunk 2077 4297% 4246%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3921% 3875%
Resident Evil 8 4297% 4246%
FIFA 21 2118% 2092%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6087% 6015%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3791% 3746%
Genshin Impact 4297% 4246%
Far Cry 6 6262% 6188%
The Medium 5386% 5323%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 4290.

The Radeon HD 4290 has a 150 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce 9400 GT, but the GeForce 9400 GT has 4 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 4290. As a result, the GeForce 9400 GT exhibits a 1.6 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 150 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce 9400 GT and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon HD 4290 providing 0.6 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 GeForce 9400 GT, 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 GeForce 9400 GT.

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 9400 GT has 384 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 GeForce 9400 GT also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce 9400 GT has 12.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 4290, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 9400 GT is slightly better than the Radeon HD 4290.

The Radeon HD 4290 has 40 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 9400 GT has 16. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 4290 is 18 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 9400 GT is 9. The Radeon HD 4290 having 9 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce 9400 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon HD 4290 transistor size technology is 10 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 9400 GT. This means that the Radeon HD 4290 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 9400 GT. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon HD 4290 should consume less power than the GeForce 9400 GT.

The GeForce 9400 GT requires 50 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 GeForce 9400 GT, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the Radeon HD 4290.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed700 MHzvs550 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureRS880DG96a/b
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Mar 2010vs27 Aug 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs512 MB
Memory Speed-vs400 MHz
Memory Bus32 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth-vs12.8GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units40vs16
Actual Shader Performance1%vs0%
Technology55nmvs65nm
Texture Mapping Units4vs8
Texture Rate2.8 GTexel/svs4.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs4
Pixel Rate2.8 GPixel/svs2.2 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-50 Watts
Recommended PSU-300 Watts & 18 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX10.1vs10
Shader Model4.1vs4.0
Open GL3.2vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatednovsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 2.0GHz
Recommended RAM-3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon 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.
GeForce 9400 GT is a middle-class GFX part of the GeForce 9000 Series released by NVIDIA in 2008.
The performance is very limited due to the architecture itself and so most demanding games are only playable at low settings while very demanding games, might be unplayable, even at the lowest settings.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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