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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 9400 GT 1GB Radeon HD 4290
Cyberpunk 2077 4246% 4297%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3875% 3921%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3746% 3791%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6015% 6087%
FIFA 21 2092% 2118%
Genshin Impact 4246% 4297%
Far Cry 6 6188% 6262%
Hitman 3 5554% 5620%
Watch Dogs Legion 4092% 4141%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 6131% 6204%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT 1GB are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 4290.

The Radeon HD 4290 was released over a year more recently than the 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 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 9400 GT has 896 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 4290, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the 9400 GT also has superior memory performance overall.

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

The GeForce 9400 GT 1GB has 16 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4290 has 40. However, the actual shader performance of the 9400 GT 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 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 9400 GT. This means that the Radeon HD 4290 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 9400 GT. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon HD 4290 should consume less power than the 9400 GT.

The GeForce 9400 GT 1GB 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 9400 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed550 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureG96a/bRS880D
OC Potential Fair vs None
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date26 Aug 2008vs01 Mar 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed400 MHzvs-
Memory Bus128 Bitvs32 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth12.8GB/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%
Technology65nmvs55nm
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 Connections0vs1
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Watts-
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 18 Amps-

GPU Features

DirectX10.0vs10.1
Shader Model4.0vs4.1
Open GL3.3vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsno
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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 9400 GT 1GB is a middle-class GPU part of the GeForce 9000 Series released by NVIDIA in 2008.
The performance is slightly better than the standard GeForce 9400 GT, due to the extra video memory which can be precious for some games and fundamental at high resolutions.
Still, 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.
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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