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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 less than a year after the GeForce 8400 GS, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance 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 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 6.4 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 . 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. As 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.

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GPU Core Details

Core Speed450 MHzvs589 MHz
ArchitectureTesla G86Tesla GT218
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Release Date17 Apr 200701 Oct 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed400 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth6.4GB/secvs12.8GB/sec
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units16vs16
Actual Shader Performance18vs22
Technology80nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units8vs8
Texture Rate3.6 GTexel/svs4.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs4
Pixel Rate1.8 GPixel/svs2.4 GPixel/s
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GPU Display Tech

DirectX10vs10
Shader Model4.0vs4.0
Open GL2.1vs3.1
Max Resolution (WxH)2048x1536vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power18 Wattsvs31 Watts

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended RAM2 GBvs3 GB
Recommended Screen Size800x600800x600
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 20 Ampsvs300 Watts & 18 Amps

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 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 (second revision) is an entry-level GPU based on the 2009, 40nm, second-generation unified architecture and the only GPU from the 200 Series that was not discontinued and is still produced.
It's based on the GT218 (B1 variant) Core and offers 16 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs, on 64-bit memory interface of standard DDR3. The central unit runs at 589MHz and the memory clock operates at 800MHz.
512MB versions are also available which will perform similar to this one since this GPU does not benefit from a 1GB frame buffer.
It's only suited for modest 3D games (high settings). Modern demanding games will have to be played at the lowest settings or are unplayable at all. DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
Recommended CPUIntel Pentium 4 1.8GHz
AMD Duron 2.0GHz
Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz
Intel Celeron D 315/315J
Intel Pentium III
AMD Athlon 5200B Dual Core
AMD Opteron 185
AMD Athlon 4850B Dual Core
Intel Celeron E1600 Dual-Core 2.4GHz
AMD Opteron 1218 HE
Possible GPU UpgradesRadeon HD 7730
GeForce GTS 450 Asus Silent DirectCU Edition
GeForce GTS 450 Asus Silent 1GB DDR3
Radeon R7 240 MSI OC 2GB Edition
Radeon HD 3870 X2
Radeon HD 5770 Asus v2 Edition
Radeon HD 8670D + 6670 Dual
Radeon HD 4870
GeForce GTX 745 (OEM)
GeForce GTX 260 Gigabyte OC Edition
GPU VariantsGeForce 8400 GS Sparkle 1GB DDR3
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