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Gaming Performance Comparison
In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 210 1GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS.
The GeForce 210 1GB has a 139 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GeForce 8400 GS. This results in the GeForce 210 1GB providing 1.1 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.
The GeForce 210 1GB has a 139 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce 8400 GS and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce 210 1GB 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 GeForce 210 1GB was released over a year more recently than the GeForce 8400 GS, and so the GeForce 210 1GB is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GeForce 8400 GS.
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 210 1GB has 768 MB more video memory than the GeForce 8400 GS, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce 210 1GB also has superior memory performance overall.
The GeForce 210 1GB has 1.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 8400 GS, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 210 1GB is marginally better than the GeForce 8400 GS.
Both the GeForce 8400 GS and the GeForce 210 1GB have 16 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GeForce 210 1GB is 22 and by the GeForce 8400 GS is 22. Knowing that the shader performance of the GeForce 210 1GB is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.
The GeForce 210 1GB transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 8400 GS. This means that the GeForce 210 1GB is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 8400 GS. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce 210 1GB should consume less power than the GeForce 8400 GS.
The GeForce 8400 GS requires 18 Watts to run and the GeForce 210 1GB requires 31 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GeForce 8400 GS and a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GeForce 210 1GB. The GeForce 210 1GB requires 13 Watts more than the GeForce 8400 GS to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce 210 1GB to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce 8400 GS.
|Mini Review||GeForce 8400 GS is an entry-level GFX based on the 80nm variant of the first-shader unified architecture. |
It's based on the G86 Core and offers 16 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs, on a 64-bit memory interface of DDR2. The central unit runs at 450MHz and the memory clock operates at 400MHz. It will consume no more than 40 Watt.
It's therefore a GeForce 8500 GT, slightly lower power consumption and no SLI support.
This GPU is only suited for a 1024x768 (or less) resolution. Most of today's games will only run at low settings and extremely demanding games might not run at all. DirectX 11 based games aren't supported and its performance will decrease drastically, as the resolution increases.
Note: This GPU had two revisions which added HDMI support, DDR3 memory and different core configurations.
GeForce 210 1GB is an Entry-Level Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.
Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.
It equips a GPU Codenamed GT218-300-B1 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 16 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 589MHz.
The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of DDR2, through a 64-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 500MHz.
DirectX 10.1 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.
With a rated board TDP of 31W, it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for Power meaning no extra connectors are required.
Gaming benchmarks put its performance considerably below a Radeon HD 4550, meaning even the older GeForce 9400 GT is faster.