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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game HD i5 4200M GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 1491% 31%
Watch Dogs Legion 1448% 33%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1368% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1320% 38%
Genshin Impact 1505% 30%
FIFA 21 710% 65%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1320% 38%
eFootball PES 2021 710% 65%
Ghostrunner 1320% 38%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 1420% 34%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are massively better than the Intel HD i5 4200M.

The GTX 980 has a 726 MHz higher core clock speed and 252 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD i5 4200M. This results in the GTX 980 providing 286.7 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 GTX 980 has a 726 MHz higher core clock speed and 126 more Render Output Units than the HD i5 4200M. This results in the GTX 980 providing 143.3 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 GTX 980 was released over a year more recently than the HD i5 4200M, and so the GTX 980 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD i5 4200M.

The GTX 980 has 8192 MB video memory, but the HD i5 4200M does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD i5 4200M has 20 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the HD i5 4200M is 92 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 6632 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD i5 4200M.

The HD i5 4200M transistor size technology is 6 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the HD i5 4200M is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980.

The HD i5 4200M requires 47 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the HD i5 4200M. The GTX 980 requires 303 Watts more than the HD i5 4200M to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD i5 4200M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed400 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1150 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureHaswell GT2Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Ok vs Great
Release Date01 Sep 2013vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs8192 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units20vs4096
Actual Shader Performance4%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units4vs256
Texture Rate1.6 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units2vs128
Pixel Rate0.8 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power47 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU-750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesno

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4200M 2.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Intel HD i5 4200M is the Specific Version of Intel HD Graphics 4600 Mobile that is integrated in the Core i5-4200M Processor.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GT2 which offers 20 Shader Processing Units, 4 TMUs and 2 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Runs at 400MHz and goes up to 1150MHz, in Turbo Mode.

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 800MHz.
It is then obvious the Memory Bandwidth depends on a lot of factors and thus this Graphics Card performance may vary heavily from system to system.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance on average with a dedicated GeForce GT 540M.

System Suggestions
We recommend 4GB of RAM for a System with Intel HD i5 4200M.
GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.

It consists of 2 GPUs codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 128 ROPs, on a 512-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1126MHz and goes up to 1216MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 300W and 400W.

Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is over 7% faster than AMD's Radeon R9 295X2.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Six Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 16GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI.
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