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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7290 Radeon HD 6430M
Cyberpunk 2077 6357% 3409%
Hitman 3 8300% 4465%
Resident Evil 8 6357% 3409%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5806% 3110%
FIFA 21 3157% 1670%
Grand Theft Auto VI 8986% 4838%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 5614% 3006%
Genshin Impact 6357% 3409%
Far Cry 6 9243% 4978%
The Medium 7957% 4279%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6430M are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7290.

The Radeon HD 6430M has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the Radeon HD 7290. This results in the Radeon HD 6430M providing 1.6 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon HD 6430M has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 7290 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon HD 6430M providing 0.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon HD 7290 was released over a year more recently than the Radeon HD 6430M, and so the Radeon HD 7290 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon HD 6430M.

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 Radeon HD 6430M has 1024 MB video memory, but the Radeon HD 7290 does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The Radeon HD 7290 has 80 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6430M has 160. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 7290 is 16 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 6430M is 38. The Radeon HD 6430M having 22 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD 6430M delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 7290.

The Radeon HD 7290 requires 9 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 6430M requires 11 Watts. The Radeon HD 6430M requires 2 Watts more than the Radeon HD 7290 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon HD 6430M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Radeon HD 7290.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed280 MHzvs480 MHz
Boost Clock400 MHzvs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 LovelandTerascale 2 Seymour LE
OC Potential None vs Good
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date05 Jun 2012vs04 Jan 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
2.1
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1600x900
1.5
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1920x1080
0.8
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2560x1440
0.5
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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs1024 MB
Memory Speed533 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth8.5GB/secvs12.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 128 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units80vs160
Actual Shader Performance1%vs2%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units8vs8
Texture Rate2.2 GTexel/svs3.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs4
Pixel Rate1.1 GPixel/svs1.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power9 Wattsvs11 Watts
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GPU Features

DirectX11.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatednovsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD APU C-70vsIntel Core i3-M330 2.13GHz
Recommended RAM3 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1280x720vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 7290 is an Integrated Graphics Card, on the APU C-70, based on the second revision of the Terascale Architecture.

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.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed Loveland which has 1 Compute Units activated and thus offers 80 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Runs at 280MHz and goes up to 400MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU Shares the System's RAM which varies from laptop to laptop. Typically, the GPU reserves 1GB. 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 the at 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 533MHz.
It is then obvious the Memory Bandwidth depends on a lot of factors and thus Radeon HD 7310's performance may vary from system to system.

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

Performance
Radeon HD 7290 is a direct re-brand of Radeon HD 6290.
Gaming benchmarks put its performance on level with the older Radeon HD 6290.

System Suggestions
We recommend 4GB of RAM for a system with Radeon HD 7290.
Radeon HD 6430M is an entry-level GPU based on the 40nm Terrascale 2 architecture.
It's based on the Caicos Core (therefore related to Radeon HD 6450) and offers 160 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs on a 64-bit memory interface of standard DDR3. Its central clock runs at up to 480MHz and the memory clock operates at 800MHz.
Compared to Radeon HD 6450M, it should perform considerably worse due to being heavily underclocked.
Using a 720p resolution, all of today's modern games are only playable at low settings but with fluent frame rates (30+).
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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