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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 6600 GT 256MB Radeon HD 4290
Cyberpunk 2077 4164% 4297%
Hitman 3 5447% 5620%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3800% 3921%
Resident Evil 8 4164% 4297%
FIFA 21 2051% 2118%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5900% 6087%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3674% 3791%
The Medium 5221% 5386%
Genshin Impact 4164% 4297%
Far Cry 6 6070% 6262%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT 256MB are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 4290.

The Radeon HD 4290 was released over three years more recently than the 6600 GT, 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 6600 GT 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 6600 GT 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 6600 GT also has superior memory performance overall.

The 6600 GT has 16 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 4290, which means that the memory performance of the 6600 GT is slightly better than the Radeon HD 4290.

The GeForce 6600 GT 256MB has 11 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4290 has 40. However, the actual shader performance of the 6600 GT is 6 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 4290 is 18. The Radeon HD 4290 having 12 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 6600 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed500 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureNV43RS880D
OC Potential - vs None
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Nov 2004vs01 Mar 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed500 MHzvs-
Memory Bus128 Bitvs32 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth16GB/secvs-
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 Units11vs40
Actual Shader Performance0%vs1%
Technology-vs55nm
Texture Mapping Units-vs4
Texture Rate-vs2.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs4
Pixel Rate-vs2.8 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs-
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
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GPU Features

DirectX9.0cvs10.1
Shader Model3.0vs4.1
Open GL1.5vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsno
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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewSupercharge your gaming with the power of an NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GPU. The NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GPUs deliver best-in-class performance and advanced visual effects for next-generation games. The only GPU in its class with support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 and with support for PCI Express, the GeForce 6600 delivers ultra-realistic effects, unmatched features, and rock-solid stability so you can play your game the way itís meant to be playedRadeon 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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