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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) Quadro 400
Red Dead Redemption 2 3363% 3602%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3363% 3602%
Cyberpunk 2077 4657% 4987%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 1486% 1596%
FIFA 20 1745% 1872%
The Outer Worlds 2780% 2980%
Borderlands 3 3557% 3810%
Need For Speed Heat 3363% 3602%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 4657% 4987%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 3136% 3360%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) are very slightly better than the Nvidia Quadro 400.

The Quadro 400 was released less than a year after the Graphics Desktop, 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 Quadro 400 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 Quadro 400 has 48. However, the actual shader performance of the Graphics Desktop is 24 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro 400 is 22. The Graphics Desktop having 2 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 Quadro 400.

The Graphics Desktop transistor size technology is 18 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro 400. This means that the Graphics Desktop is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro 400. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Graphics Desktop should consume less power than the Quadro 400.

The HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) requires 65 Watts to run and the Quadro 400 requires 32 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the Quadro 400, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the Graphics Desktop. The Graphics Desktop requires 33 Watts more than the Quadro 400 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 Quadro 400.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs450 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs-
ArchitectureSandy BridgeGT216GL
OC Potential None vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 May 2011vs01 Jul 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs12.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units6vs48
Actual Shader Performance1%vs1%
Texture Mapping Units1vs-
Texture Rate0.9 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units1vs-
Pixel Rate0.9 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power65 Wattsvs32 Watts
Recommended PSU-400 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.0vs4.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM4 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768-

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.
NVIDIA® Quadro® 400 delivers superior professional application performance and capabilities compared to consumer graphics. Quadro 400 provides up to 5x performance gains over high-end consumer gaming cards and up to 10x improvement over integrated graphics processors in industry leading CAD/CAM applications. Designed for efficiency, Quadro 400 consumes less than 35W and has a low-profile footprint flexible enough to fit into any workstation. Advanced capabilities such as Mosaic™ and nView® technologies allows you to span and efficiently manage your entire Windows desktop across multiple displays. All of which means you can design, iterate and deliver higher quality results in less time.
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