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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8400 GS GeForce 210 1GB
Grand Theft Auto V 2375% 1207%
The Witcher III 3637% 1873%
Mortal Kombat X 2375% 1207%
Batman: Arkham Knight 4849% 2513%
WWE 2K15 2274% 1153%
Battlefield: Hardline 2779% 1420%
Assassins Creed Chronicles: China 1819% 913%
Dying Light 4294% 2220%
Killing Floor 2 1169% 570%
Assassins Creed: Rogue 1769% 887%

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 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 . 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 GT218-300-B1
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Release Date17 Apr 200712 Oct 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed400 MHzvs500 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth6.4GB/secvs8GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Comparison

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
Comparison

GPU Display Tech

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power18 Wattsvs31 Watts

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended RAM2 GBvs2 GB
Recommended Screen Size800x6001024x768
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 20 Ampsvs300 Watts & 22 Amps

Gaming Performance Value

Grand Theft Auto IVvs
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfarevs
Modern Warfare 3vs
FIFA 2012vs
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreasvs
Performance Value

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.
Overview
GeForce 210 1GB is an Entry-Level Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Architecture
Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

GPU
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.

Memory
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.

Features
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.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 31W, it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for Power meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its performance considerably below a Radeon HD 4550, meaning even the older GeForce 9400 GT is faster.
Recommended CPUIntel Pentium 4 1.8GHz
AMD Duron 2.0GHz
Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz
Intel Celeron D 315/315J
Intel Pentium III
AMD Opteron 170
AMD Athlon 64 3700+
Intel Celeron G460 1.8GHz
AMD Athlon 64 FX-51
AMD Athlon 64 3500+
Possible GPU UpgradesGeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce GTS 450 EVGA 1GB Edition
GeForce GTS 450 Gainward 1GB Edition
GeForce GTS 450 Asus DirectCU 1GB Edition
GeForce GTS 450 v3
Radeon R7 250E
GeForce GTS 450 Galaxy GC 1GB Edition
GeForce GTS 450 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition
GeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce GTS 450 EVGA 1GB Edition
GPU VariantsGeForce 8400 GS Sparkle 1GB DDR3
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