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ATI Radeon HD 4100 vs ATI Radeon HD 4270 vs ATI Radeon HD 4225

ATI Radeon HD 4100

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The AMD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4100 or just Radeon 4100 is an integrated graphics card (shared memory) for laptops. Compared to the HD 4200, the HD 4100 probably features a lower clock speed (and perhaps also some features are stripped down). According to differencebetween.net the clock rate is just 350MHz and therefore below the low power HD 4225.

ATI Radeon HD 4270

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The AMD ATI Radeon HD 4270 (sometimes also ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4270 called) is an onboard (shared Memory) graphics chip in the RS880M chipset. It is based on the HD 3400 graphics core and features the UVD 2 video engine to decode HD videos (Avivo HD - can decode two HD streams simultaneously). Compared to the HD 4250, the 4270 is a higher clocked version.

Compared to the old HD 3200, the 4270 supports DirectX 10.1 and features the UVD2 video decoder.

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 in the HD 4270 supports the decoding of two video stream and therefore got a full Blu-Ray support.

The graphics core of the HD 4270 stems from the Mobility Radeon HD 3400 series 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 34x0. 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.

Current (and less demanding games) like Starcraft 2 or Left4Dead are playable in low details in conjunction with a fast CPU. Furthermore older games like Doom 3 or Quake 4 should also be playable with slower processors. Compared to older onboad graphic chips (e.g., GMA 4500MHD), the HD 4270 is much faster. The new Intel HD Graphics in the Core ix Arrandale CPUs, offers a similar performance, but the driver support by AMD should be better.

ATI Radeon HD 4225

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The AMD ATI Radeon HD 4225 (sometimes also ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 called) is an onboard (shared Memory) graphics chip in the RS880M chipset. It is based on the HD 3400 graphics core and features the UVD 2 video engine to decode HD videos (Avivo HD - can decode two HD streams simultaneously). Compared to the HD 4200 and 4250, the 4225 offers a worse performance due to the slow clock speed.

The UVD 2 video engine is able to decode HD videos (MPEG-2, H.264, and VC-1) in all stages 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 in the HD 4225 supports the decoding of two video stream and therefore got a full Blu-Ray support.

The graphics core of the HD 4225 stems from the Mobility Radeon HD 3400 series 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 34x0. 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

ATI Radeon HD 4100ATI Radeon HD 4270ATI Radeon HD 4225
Radeon HD 4000 Series
Radeon HD 4270 40 @ 0.59 GHz
Radeon HD 4250 40 @ 0.5 GHz
Radeon HD 4200 40 @ 0.5 GHz
Radeon HD 4225 40 @ 0.38 GHz
Radeon HD 4100 40 @ 0.35 GHz
Radeon HD 4270 40 @ 0.59 GHz
Radeon HD 4250 40 @ 0.5 GHz
Radeon HD 4200 40 @ 0.5 GHz
Radeon HD 4225 40 @ 0.38 GHz
Radeon HD 4100 40 @ 0.35 GHz
Radeon HD 4270 40 @ 0.59 GHz
Radeon HD 4250 40 @ 0.5 GHz
Radeon HD 4200 40 @ 0.5 GHz
Radeon HD 4225 40 @ 0.38 GHz
Radeon HD 4100 40 @ 0.35 GHz
ArchitectureRV6xxRV6xxRV6xx
Pipelines40 - unified40 - unified40 - unified
Core Speed350 MHz590 MHz380 MHz
Max. Amount of Memory512 MB512 MB512 MB
Shared Memoryyesyesyes
APIDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.0DirectX 10.1, Shader 4.0DirectX 10.1, Shader 4.0
technology55 nm55 nm55 nm
Date of Announcement01.11.2009 01.05.2010 01.05.2010
CodenameRS880MRS880M
FeaturesAvivo HD (UVD2), Hybrid Graphics Technology, PCI-E 2.0, Vari-Bright (Bildschirmhelligkeit automtisch anpassen), HDCP support, Display CacheAvivo HD (UVD2), Hybrid Graphics Technology, PCI-E 2.0, Vari-Bright (Bildschirmhelligkeit automtisch anpassen), HDCP support, Display Cache

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + ATI Radeon HD 4270
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. total
230 Points (0%)
3DM Vant. Perf. total + ATI Radeon HD 4225
min: 116     avg: 146.5     median: 140.5 (0%)     max: 189 Points
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + ATI Radeon HD 4270
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX
179 Points (0%)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + ATI Radeon HD 4225
min: 88     avg: 112     median: 107.5 (0%)     max: 145 Points
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 6129     avg: 6645     median: 6695 (7%)     max: 7061 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
3668 Points (2%)
min: 2567     avg: 2771     median: 2812 (1%)     max: 2864 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
2926 Points (4%)
min: 2071     avg: 2365     median: 2278.5 (3%)     max: 2868 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + ATI Radeon HD 4270
3DMark 06
1402 Points (2%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + ATI Radeon HD 4225
min: 980     avg: 1093     median: 1053 (2%)     max: 1297 Points
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + ATI Radeon HD 4225
3DMark 06
1118 Points (2%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768 + ATI Radeon HD 4225
3DMark 06
1181 Points (2%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
5.1 Points (65%)
5.3 Points (67%)
min: 4     avg: 4.9     median: 5 (63%)     max: 5.2 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
4.2 Points (53%)
3.7 Points (47%)
min: 3.2     avg: 3.6     median: 3.4 (43%)     max: 4.2 Points
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + ATI Radeon HD 4270
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit)
2220 Points (2%)
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + ATI Radeon HD 4225
min: 1464     avg: 1684     median: 1665.5 (1%)     max: 1946 Points
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + ATI Radeon HD 4270
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit
3.8 fps (1%)
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + ATI Radeon HD 4225
min: 2.1     avg: 2.6     median: 2.7 (1%)     max: 2.85 fps

Average Benchmarks ATI Radeon HD 4100 → 100% n=2

Average Benchmarks ATI Radeon HD 4270 → 96% n=2

Average Benchmarks ATI Radeon HD 4225 → 89% n=2

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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.

Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
Radeon HD 4225:
69.9 fps 69.9 ~ 70 fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 4225:
14.5 fps  fps
Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
low 640x480
Radeon HD 4225:
26.3 fps 26.3 29.6 fps 33.7 fps ~ 29 fps
high 1024x768
Radeon HD 4225:
12 fps 13.1 fps ~ 13 fps
Trackmania Nations Forever

Trackmania Nations Forever

2008
low 640x480
Radeon HD 4225:
77.6  fps
high 1024x768
Radeon HD 4225:
14.3  fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 4225:
18.7  fps
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
Radeon HD 4225:
15.2  fps
World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
low 800x600
Radeon HD 4225:
28  fps
med. 1024x768
Radeon HD 4225:
4  fps

For more games that might be playable and a list of all games and graphics cards visit our Gaming List

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