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ATI Radeon HD 4200

The AMD ATI (Mobility) Radeon HD 4200 is an onboard (shared Memory) graphics chip (on the RS880M chipset). It is based on the HD 3400 graphics core and features the UVD 2 video engine  to decode HD videos.

Compared to the old HD 3200, the 4200 now supports DirectX 10.1 and features the UVD2 video decoder. The later announced Radeon HD 4250 is just a higher clocked version of the HD 4200.

Hybrid CrossfireX is a new feature of the chipset, that allowes to use the onboard HD 4200 graphics core in conjunction with a dedicated graphics card (of the Mobilty Radeon HD 3400 series) in Crossfire combination to increase the performance (similar to GeForceBoost / HybridSLI of Nvidia). Every frame is rendered by a different graphics core with this technique.

The UVD 2 video engine is able to decode HD videos (H.264 and VC-1 in all stages, MPEG-2 only IDCT) and allows the fluent playback of HD videos (e.g. Blu-ray) with a relative low CPU utilization (called Avivo HD). The HD 3200 was the first onboard graphics card that allows the fluent playback of Blu-ray videos. The UVD 2 on the HD 4200 supports the decoding of two video stream and therefore got a full Blu-Ray support.

The graphics core of the HD 4200 stems from the Mobility Radeon HD 3400 and is therefore DirectX 10.1 capable. Because of the missing graphics memory, the performance of the card is a bit lower than of the HD 3400. Theroretically, dedicated memory chips can be directly added to the chip, making it a dedicated graphics card. Because of pricing it is unclear if any manufacturer will add memory to the chip.

Still older games like Doom 3 or Quake 4 should be barly playable. Compared to older onboad graphic chips (e.g., GMA X3100), the HD 4200 is much faster. Even the Centrino 2 graphics core (GMA 4500M HD) is noticeable slower than the HD 4200. Compared to the HD 3200 the performance should be similar

Using Windows XP, the HD 3200 seems to have problems with current and older drivers, as there is no 2D accelleration. This leads to very slow interactions with windows and scrolling (especially with Firefox as reported in various discussion boards). More information on the topic can be found at Planet 3D Now (de) or the AMD forum. It is still unclear if the HD 4200 also suffers from this problem.

Radeon HD 4000 Series

Radeon HD 4270 compare 40 @ 0.59 GHz
Radeon HD 4250 compare 40 @ 0.5 GHz
Radeon HD 4200 40 @ 0.5 GHz
Radeon HD 4225 compare 40 @ 0.38 GHz
Radeon HD 4100 compare 40 @ 0.35 GHz
Pipelines40 - unified
Core Speed500 MHz
Max. Amount of Memory512 MB
Shared Memoryyes
APIDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.0
technology55 nm
FeaturesAvivo HD (UVD 2), PCI-E 2.0, Vari-Bright, HDCP support, Display Cache
Date of Announcement10.09.2009


3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings +
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768 +
3DMark 06 - Standard 1024x768 +
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Fifa 11

Fifa 11

low 800x600
59  fps    + Compare + 📈 Graph
high 1360x768
29.8  fps    + Compare + 📈 Graph
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Fifa 115929.8
< 30 fps
< 60 fps
< 120 fps
≥ 120 fps



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Notebook reviews with ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics card


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HP Compaq Presario CQ61-425EG: AMD Athlon II M320, 15.60", 2.7 kg
  External Review » HP Compaq Presario CQ61-425EG

HP 625-XX893ES : AMD Turion II P540, 15.60", 2.6 kg
  External Review » HP 625-XX893ES

Sony Vaio VPC-EE4J1E/WI: AMD Athlon II P360, 15.50", 2.5 kg
  External Review » Sony Vaio VPC-EE4J1E/WI

HP 625-XN837EA: AMD Athlon II P360, 15.60", 2.5 kg
  External Review » HP 625-XN837EA

HP 625-WS832EA: AMD Athlon II P320, 15.60", 2.5 kg
  External Review » HP 625-WS832EA

Toshiba Satellite A665D-S5175: AMD Phenom II X4 P960, 15.60", 2.6 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite A665D-S5175

Asus K52N-EX035V: AMD Athlon II P320, 15.60", 2.7 kg
  External Review » Asus K52N-EX035V

Asus Eee PC 1015T-BLK008S : AMD V-Series V105, 10.10", 1.3 kg
  External Review » Asus Eee PC 1015T-BLK008S

Samsung X125: AMD Athlon II Neo K125, 11.60", 1.5 kg
  External Review » Samsung X125

Toshiba A505D-S6987: AMD Turion II Ultra M600, 16.00", 2.9 kg
  External Review » Toshiba A505D-S6987

Acer Aspire 5542-304G32Bn: AMD Athlon II M300, 15.60", 3 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 5542-304G32Bn

Acer Aspire 5542: AMD Turion II M500, 15.60", 2.8 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 5542

Packard Bell EasyNote TJ74: AMD Athlon II M300, 15.60", 2.7 kg
  External Review » Packard Bell EasyNote TJ74

Asus K51AE-SX049L: AMD Athlon II M320, 15.60", 2.7 kg
  External Review » Asus K51AE-SX049L

HP Compaq Presario CQ61-420us: AMD Athlon II M320, 15.60", 2.7 kg
  External Review » HP Compaq Presario CQ61-420us

HP Pavilion dv7-3164cl: AMD Turion II M520, 17.30", 3.2 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv7-3164cl

MSI CR610-013UK: AMD Athlon II M300, 16.00", 2.5 kg
  External Review » MSI CR610-013UK

HP Pavilion dv4-2145dx: AMD Turion II M520, 14.10", 2.5 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv4-2145dx

HP Pavilion dv7-3165dx: AMD Turion II Ultra M620, 17.30", 3.5 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv7-3165dx

Toshiba Satellite P505D-S8007: AMD Turion II M520, 18.40", 4 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite P505D-S8007

Toshiba Satellite L505D-ES5025: AMD Turion II M520, 15.60", 2.6 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite L505D-ES5025

HP Pavilion dv7-3163cl-b: AMD Turion II M520, 17.30", 3.3 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv7-3163cl-b

HP Pavilion dv4-2045dx: AMD Turion II M500, 14.10", 2.5 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv4-2045dx

HP ProBook 6545b: AMD Turion II M520, 15.60", 2.7 kg
  External Review » HP ProBook 6545b

MSI CR610: AMD Athlon X2 L310, 16.00", 2.5 kg
  External Review » MSI CR610

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