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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) Radeon R5 230
Red Dead Redemption 2 3363% 2278%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3363% 2278%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 3136% 2122%
Cyberpunk 2077 4657% 3167%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4657% 3167%
Borderlands 3 3557% 2411%
FIFA 20 1745% 1167%
The Outer Worlds 3072% 2078%
eFootball PES 2020 2262% 1522%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 5143% 3500%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R5 230 are significantly better than the Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge).

The Graphics Desktop has a 225 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R5 230, but the Radeon R5 230 has 7 more Texture Mapping Units than the Graphics Desktop. As a result, the Radeon R5 230 exhibits a 4.1 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 225 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R5 230, but the Radeon R5 230 has 3 more Render Output Units than the Graphics Desktop. As a result, the Radeon R5 230 exhibits a 1.6 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 Radeon R5 230 was released over a year more recently than the Graphics Desktop, and so the Radeon R5 230 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Graphics Desktop.

The Radeon R5 230 has 1024 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 Radeon R5 230 has 160. However, the actual shader performance of the Graphics Desktop is 24 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R5 230 is 50. The Radeon R5 230 having 26 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Graphics Desktop performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Graphics Desktop transistor size technology is 18 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon R5 230. This means that the Graphics Desktop is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon R5 230. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Graphics Desktop should consume less power than the Radeon R5 230.

The HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) requires 65 Watts to run and the Radeon R5 230 requires 19 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the Radeon R5 230, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the Graphics Desktop. The Graphics Desktop requires 46 Watts more than the Radeon R5 230 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 Radeon R5 230.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs625 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs-
ArchitectureSandy BridgeTerascale 2 Caicos PRO-L
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 May 2011vs03 Apr 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
1600x900 - vs green tick
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - green tick vs green tick -

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs1024 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs533 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs8.5GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 128 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units6vs160
Actual Shader Performance1%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units1vs8
Texture Rate0.9 GTexel/svs5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units1vs4
Pixel Rate0.9 GPixel/svs2.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power65 Wattsvs19 Watts
Recommended PSU-300 Watts & 22 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.0vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Celeron G1830 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs2 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.
Radeon R5 230 is an entry-level Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Terascale Architecture.

The Second variant of the Terascale 2 Architecture is still manufactured with a 40nm technology and despite allowing more Stream Cores, their design remains more or less the same compared to the first variant.

It equips a GPU codenamed Caicos XT which has 2 Compute Units activated and thus offers 160 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit Operates at 625MHz.

The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of DDR3, 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 533MHz.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for HD3D, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, PowerPlay and other technologies.

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

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 19W, it requires at least a 300W PSU and it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Radeon R5 230 is a direct re-brand of Radeon HD 6450 v3.
Gaming benchmarks put its performance around of a GeForce GT 420.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Celeron) and 2GB of RAM for a system with Radeon R5 230.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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