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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 4290 GeForce FX 5900 Ultra
Hitman 3 5620% 5757%
Cyberpunk 2077 4297% 4402%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3921% 4018%
FIFA 21 2118% 2171%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6087% 6235%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3791% 3884%
Resident Evil 8 4297% 4402%
Genshin Impact 4297% 4402%
Far Cry 6 6262% 6414%
The Medium 5386% 5518%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 4290 are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra.

The Radeon HD 4290 has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the FX 5900. This results in the Radeon HD 4290 providing 1 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 250 MHz higher core clock speed than the FX 5900 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon HD 4290 providing 1 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 5900, 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 5900 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 5900 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 5900 also has superior memory performance overall.

The FX 5900 has 13.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 4290, which means that the memory performance of the FX 5900 is slightly better than the Radeon HD 4290.

The Radeon HD 4290 has 40 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra has 4. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 4290 is 18 and the actual shader performance of the FX 5900 is 2. The Radeon HD 4290 having 16 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the FX 5900 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon HD 4290 transistor size technology is 75 nm (nanometers) smaller than the FX 5900. This means that the Radeon HD 4290 is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the FX 5900. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon HD 4290 should consume less power than the FX 5900.

The GeForce FX 5900 Ultra requires 59 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 4290.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed700 MHzvs450 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureRS880DNV35
OC Potential None vs Poor
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Mar 2010vs12 May 2003
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs256 MB
Memory Speed-vs425 MHz
Memory Bus32 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR
Memory Bandwidth-vs13.6GB/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 Units40vs4
Actual Shader Performance1%vs0%
Technology55nmvs130nm
Texture Mapping Units4vs4
Texture Rate2.8 GTexel/svs1.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs4
Pixel Rate2.8 GPixel/svs1.8 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2048x1536
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-59 Watts
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GPU Features

DirectX10.1vs9.0b
Shader Model4.1vs2.0
Open GL3.2vs1.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatednovsyes
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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.
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