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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Intel HD Graphics Mobile (Sandy Bridge) Radeon HD 7290
Cyberpunk 2077 4009% 6357%
Hitman 3 5245% 8300%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3658% 5806%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3536% 5614%
FIFA 21 1973% 3157%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5682% 8986%
Far Cry 6 5845% 9243%
Genshin Impact 4009% 6357%
Battlefield 6 5245% 8300%
Resident Evil 8 4009% 6357%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Intel HD Graphics Mobile (Sandy Bridge) are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7290.

The Graphics Mobile has a 70 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 7290, but the Radeon HD 7290 has 7 more Texture Mapping Units than the Graphics Mobile. As a result, the Radeon HD 7290 exhibits a 1.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Graphics Mobile. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Graphics Mobile has a 70 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 7290, but the Radeon HD 7290 has 3 more Render Output Units than the Graphics Mobile. As a result, the Radeon HD 7290 exhibits a 0.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Graphics Mobile. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

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

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 HD Graphics Mobile (Sandy Bridge) and the Radeon HD 7290 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The Graphics Mobile has 12.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 7290, which means that the memory performance of the Graphics Mobile is slightly better than the Radeon HD 7290.

The HD Graphics Mobile (Sandy Bridge) has 6 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7290 has 80. However, the actual shader performance of the Graphics Mobile is 26 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 7290 is 16. The Graphics Mobile having 10 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Graphics Mobile delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 7290.

The Graphics Mobile transistor size technology is 8 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon HD 7290. This means that the Graphics Mobile is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon HD 7290. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Graphics Mobile should consume less power than the Radeon HD 7290.

The HD Graphics Mobile (Sandy Bridge) requires 5 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 7290 requires 9 Watts. The Radeon HD 7290 requires 4 Watts more than the Graphics Mobile to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon HD 7290 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Graphics Mobile.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed350 MHzvs280 MHz
Boost Clock1100 MHzvs400 MHz
ArchitectureSandy Bridge GT1Terascale 2 Loveland
OC Potential None vs None
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date05 Sep 2014vs05 Jun 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
2.6
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2.1
1600x900
1.8
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1.5
1920x1080
1
green tick vs
0.8
2560x1440
0.5
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0.5
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GPU Memory

MemoryN/AvsN/A
Memory Speed667 MHzvs533 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth21.3GB/secvs8.5GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units6vs80
Actual Shader Performance1%vs1%
Technology32nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units1vs8
Texture Rate0.4 GTexel/svs2.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units1vs4
Pixel Rate0.4 GPixel/svs1.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power5 Wattsvs9 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

DirectX10.1vs11.0
Shader Model4.1vs5.0
Open GL3.1vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatednovsno
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-AMD APU C-70
Recommended RAM4 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs1280x720

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Intel HD Graphics Mobile (Sandy Bridge) are Integrated Graphics in some of Intel's Budget Sandy Bridge Processors.

Architecture
The Broadwell Core includes support for DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.1. Additionally, it also offers better Decoding Performance, when compared to its Predecessor.
The GPU Codenamed GT1 offers 6 Shader Processing Units, 1 TMU and 1 ROP.

GPU
The Central Unit Initially Runs at 350MHz and goes up to 1150MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The Operating Memory Clock depends at which speed the System's RAM is running and which Memory Type is installed and is ultimately limited by the highest operating speed that the Processor supports. In this case, it is 667MHz.
Depending on whether or not the System's RAM is Dual-Channeled, it can access either a 64-bit or 128-bit Memory Interface.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU Shares the System's RAM which varies according to the System. The GPU may reserve up to 1.7GB.

Performance
Because Performance depends heavily on the Memory Bandwidth, it may vary heavily from System to System.
Performance is very limited and most modern games can't be played.

System Suggestions
Intel HD Graphics Mobile (Sandy Bridge) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1024x768. We recommend 4GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
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.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
N/A
N/A
GPU Variants
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