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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) Radeon R5 230 Asus Silent 2GB Edition
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%
The Outer Worlds 3072% 2078%
FIFA 20 1745% 1167%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 1486% 989%
eFootball PES 2020 2262% 1522%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R5 230 Asus Silent 2GB Edition are significantly better than the Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge).

The Graphics Desktop has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the R5 230, but the R5 230 has 7 more Texture Mapping Units than the Graphics Desktop. As a result, the R5 230 exhibits a 4.3 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 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the R5 230, but the R5 230 has 3 more Render Output Units than the Graphics Desktop. As a result, the R5 230 exhibits a 1.7 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 R5 230 was released over a year more recently than the Graphics Desktop, and so the 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 R5 230 has 2048 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 Asus Silent 2GB Edition has 160. However, the actual shader performance of the Graphics Desktop is 24 and the actual shader performance of the R5 230 is 52. The R5 230 having 28 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 R5 230. This means that the Graphics Desktop is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R5 230. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Graphics Desktop should consume less power than the R5 230.

The HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) requires 65 Watts to run and the Radeon R5 230 Asus Silent 2GB Edition requires 19 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the R5 230, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the Graphics Desktop. The Graphics Desktop requires 46 Watts more than the 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 R5 230.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs650 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 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900 - vs green tick
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - green tick vs green tick -

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs2048 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs600 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs9.6GB/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%vs3%
Texture Mapping Units1vs8
Texture Rate0.9 GTexel/svs5.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units1vs4
Pixel Rate0.9 GPixel/svs2.6 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-400 Watts & 25 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 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 Asus Silent 2GB Edition is a special edition of the entry-level Radeon R5 230.
Among other features, it comes with a Silent Passive Cooling System which produces no noise and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 625MHz to 650MHz and in the operating memory clock which went from 533MHz to 600MHz.
Furthermore, the frame buffer was doubled to 2GB though this will not boost its performance and can be addressed as a gimmick - marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.
Expect a 3% performance boost over the reference card in some games and under certain circumstances.
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