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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 3 Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds 3233% 2400%
Desperados 3 1283% 938%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 3533% 2625%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 3233% 2400%
FIFA 19 1800% 1325%
Assassins Creed: Odyssey 3167% 2350%
Battlefield V 3333% 2475%
Forza Horizon 4 2867% 2125%
Monster Hunter World 3207% 2380%
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 1800% 1325%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 3.

The Graphics 3000 has a 330 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8400 GS, but the 8400 GS has 6 more Texture Mapping Units than the Graphics 3000. As a result, the 8400 GS exhibits a 2.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Graphics 3000. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Graphics 3000 has a 330 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8400 GS, but the 8400 GS has 2 more Render Output Units than the Graphics 3000. As a result, the 8400 GS exhibits a 0.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Graphics 3000. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Graphics 3000 was released less than a year after the 8400 GS, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The 8400 GS has 512 MB video memory, but the Graphics 3000 does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 3 has 16 Shader Processing Units and the HD Graphics 3000 Desktop has 12. However, the actual shader performance of the 8400 GS is 19 and the actual shader performance of the Graphics 3000 is 65. The Graphics 3000 having 46 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Graphics 3000 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 8400 GS.

The Graphics 3000 transistor size technology is 8 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8400 GS. This means that the Graphics 3000 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8400 GS. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Graphics 3000 should consume less power than the 8400 GS.

The GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 3 requires 25 Watts to run and the HD Graphics 3000 Desktop requires 95 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the Graphics 3000, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the 8400 GS. The Graphics 3000 requires 70 Watts more than the 8400 GS to run. The difference is significant enough that the Graphics 3000 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the 8400 GS.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed520 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1350 MHz
ArchitectureTesla GT218Sandy Bridge GT2
OC Potential Poor vs None
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date12 Jul 2010vs01 Feb 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed400 MHzvs667 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth6.4GB/secvs21.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units16vs12
Actual Shader Performance1%vs3%
Texture Mapping Units8vs2
Texture Rate4.2 GTexel/svs1.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs2
Pixel Rate2.1 GPixel/svs1.7 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power25 Wattsvs95 Watts
Recommended PSU-300 Watts & 22 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.1vs4.1
Open GL3.3vs3.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM3 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 8400 GS Rev. 3 is the third revision of the entry-level GeForce 8400 GS.
Based on the 40nm GT218 Core (against the 80nm G86 of the first revision), it offers 16 Shader Processing Units which are not comparable to those of the first revision due to being from different architectures. It also features a 512MB frame buffer against the 256MB of the first revision which will prove useful on most 3D applications.
Its performance is significantly higher than the first and second revisions, it consumes less power and runs cooler due to the smaller die size.
Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop are Integrated Graphics in some of Intel's Desktop Sandy Bridge Processors.

The Sandy Bridge GT2 Core includes support for DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.1. Additionally, it also offers better Video Encoding and Decoding Performance, when compared to its Predecessor.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GT2 which offers 12 Shader Processing Units, 2 TMUs and 2 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Runs at 850MHz and goes up to 1350MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU Shares the System's RAM which varies from System to System. Typically, the GPU reserves 1.7GB. Depending on whether or not the system's RAM is Dual-Channeled, it can access either a 64-bit or 128-bit memory interface. The operating memory clock also depends on which speed the System's RAM is running and is limited by the highest operating speed that the Processor supports. In this case, it is 667MHz.
It is then obvious the Memory Bandwidth depends on a lot of factors and thus this Graphics Card performance may vary heavily from system to system.

The Most Powerful Variant Offers Performance similar to a dedicated GeForce GT 610.
Select the Specific Version you have of this Graphics Card According to your Processor for a more Accurate Rank and experience using our tools.

System Suggestions
We recommend 4GB of RAM for a system with Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop.
Recommended CPU--
Possible GPU UpgradesRadeon HD 4850 Golden Sample Edition
Radeon HD 4850 Gigabyte OC Edition
GeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce GTS 450 PNY XLR8 Performance 1GB Edition
GeForce GTS 450 Point of View 1GB Edition
GPU Variants-HD i7 2600K