Today NVIDIA releases their new GeForce GT 220 and GeForce G 210 graphics cards. Both cards are based on NVIDIA's first 40 nm graphics processors. The GeForce GT 220 uses the G216 GPU, while the G 210 uses the G218 processor. Both cards are positioned in the lower end of the performance spectrum with performance, in the 9500 GT range. This is also the first time that NVIDIA offers a DirectX 10.1 compliant GPU. NVIDIA's Reviewers Guide states "The GeForce GT 220 is the perfect GPU for Microsoft Windows 7". I respectfully disagree, a Windows 7 graphics card should have support for DirectX 11 in my opinion, no matter if DirectX 11 is popular yet. NVIDIA has also worked on the media PC features and now lets you transmit the HDMI audio signal through the PCI-Express bus without the need for any SPDIF cable. Full HD video decode acceleration, NVIDIA CUDA and PhysX are also present on this card making this an all-round entry level solution if you are looking for a basic graphics card that works well for desktop use, and allows for casual gaming.
Palit has engineered their own GeForce GT 220 designs, which allows for better cost optimizations than using NVIDIA's reference design. In addition to that the card tested here is the Palit GeForce GT 220 Sonic which means that it comes with faster clocks out of the box.
While it is possible to make a card with 1 GB of video memory, we are testing Palit's 512 MB version today, which comes with higher clocks out of the box. Please also check out our other review today of the Zotac GeForce GT 220 1 GB here.
|Memory Size||256 MB||512M||512 MB||256 MB / |
|512 MB / |
|512 MB||512 MB||512 MB|
|Memory Bus Width||64 bit||128 bit||64 bit||128 bit||128 bit||128 bit||128 bit||256 bit|
|Core Clock||600 MHz||550 MHz||600 MHz||550 MHz||625 MHz||650 MHz||750 MHz||650 MHz|
|Memory Clock||500 MHz||400 MHz||400 MHz||900 MHz||790 MHz /|
|900 MHz||1000 MHz||900 MHz|
|Price||$35||$40||$45||$45||$69 - $79||$74||$67||$80|