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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 3
Red Dead Redemption 2 3363% 3467%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3363% 3467%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 3136% 3233%
Cyberpunk 2077 4657% 4800%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4657% 4800%
Borderlands 3 3557% 3667%
The Outer Worlds 3072% 3167%
FIFA 20 1745% 1800%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 1486% 1533%
eFootball PES 2020 2262% 2333%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 3.

The Graphics Desktop has a 330 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8400 GS, but the 8400 GS has 7 more Texture Mapping Units than the Graphics Desktop. As a result, the 8400 GS exhibits a 3.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Graphics Desktop. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Graphics Desktop has a 330 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8400 GS, but the 8400 GS has 3 more Render Output Units than the Graphics Desktop. As a result, the 8400 GS exhibits a 1.2 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Graphics Desktop. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Graphics Desktop 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.

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

The HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) has 6 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 3 has 16. However, the actual shader performance of the Graphics Desktop is 24 and the actual shader performance of the 8400 GS is 19. The Graphics Desktop having 5 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Graphics Desktop delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 8400 GS.

The Graphics Desktop transistor size technology is 18 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8400 GS. This means that the Graphics Desktop is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8400 GS. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Graphics Desktop should consume less power than the 8400 GS.

The HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) requires 65 Watts to run and the GeForce 8400 GS Rev. 3 requires 25 Watts. The Graphics Desktop requires 40 Watts more than the 8400 GS to run. The difference is significant enough that the Graphics Desktop may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the 8400 GS.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs520 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs-
ArchitectureSandy BridgeTesla GT218
OC Potential None vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 May 2011vs12 Jul 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900 - vs green tick
2
1920x1080 - vs green tick
1.3
2560x1440 - vs green tick
0.8
3840x2160 - vs green tick
0.4

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs400 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs6.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs green tick 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units6vs16
Actual Shader Performance1%vs1%
Technology22nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units1vs8
Texture Rate0.9 GTexel/svs4.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units1vs4
Pixel Rate0.9 GPixel/svs2.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power65 Wattsvs25 Watts
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GPU Features

DirectX11.1vs10.1
Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.0vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatednovsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM4 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIntel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) are integrated graphics in the budget Celeron and Pentium Sandy Bridge Desktop processors.
Their performance depends on the processor they are integrated on, as the latter defines the Base and Boost Clock, as well as on the SYSTEM RAM, which defines the operating memory clock, and whether the GPU accesses a 64-bit or 128-bit memory interface.
More details to be added soon.
GeForce 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.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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