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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro NVS 420 Radeon HD 4290
Cyberpunk 2077 5636% 4297%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5146% 3921%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 4976% 3791%
FIFA 21 2793% 2118%
Grand Theft Auto VI 7971% 6087%
Far Cry 6 8199% 6262%
Genshin Impact 5636% 4297%
Hitman 3 7362% 5620%
Watch Dogs Legion 5433% 4141%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 8123% 6204%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 4290 are noticeably better than the Nvidia Quadro NVS 420.

The Radeon HD 4290 was released over a year more recently than the Quadro NVS 420, 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 Quadro NVS 420.

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 420 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 Quadro NVS 420 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Quadro NVS 420 has 11.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 4290, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro NVS 420 is slightly better than the Radeon HD 4290.

The Quadro NVS 420 has 16 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4290 has 40. However, the actual shader performance of the Quadro NVS 420 is 9 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 4290 is 18. The Radeon HD 4290 having 9 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Quadro NVS 420 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Quadro NVS 420 requires 40 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 4290. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the Quadro NVS 420.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed550 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureG98 RS880D
OC Potential - vs None
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date20 Jan 2009vs01 Mar 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed700 MHzvs-
Memory Bus64 Bitvs32 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth11.2GB/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 Units16vs40
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 Connections4vs1
DVI Connections4vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power40 Watts-
Recommended PSU350 Watts-

GPU Features

DirectX10vs10.1
Shader Model4.0vs4.1
Open GL3.0vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsno
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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe NVIDIA Quadro NVS 420 quad-display business graphics solution, designed for small form factor systems, delivers reliable hardware and software for a stable business environment. Tested on leading business applications, Quadro NVS 420 is capable of driving up to four 30’’ displays at 2560x1600 resolution and is designed to meet the needs of today’s most demanding business user.Radeon 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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