From a regular gamer's perspective, NVIDIA's GeForce GT 220 GPU probably isn't really a video card you would buy. The chances are this is the kind of video card that's sitting inside your work PC, assuming it doesn't use onboard video. Does this make it a bad model, though? No, it's just aimed at a different segment. If you're looking for something that's going to pack a bit more punch than an onboard video solution, this is what you would buy - it's going to be perfect for those older games at those lower resolutions.
Galaxy's take on the new GPU is pretty standard - the cooler while being a little on the loud side does a good job of keeping the card cool. We also did see that World in Conflict was able to achieve a 30 FPS minimum, which means other games like Company of Heroes based off the same engine are going to be able run at the same numbers, which we consider playable.
Warhead was also able to break 30 FPS at 1680 x 1050 with the settings at low, so it's possible to get a bit of performance there, but nothing is going to look too pretty.
These are the sacrifices you make with a cheap video card though. While I wouldn't ever personally use one myself, it doesn't mean that there isn't a market for them. If you're making $10 a week pocket money and you're looking for something that is going to replace that onboard graphics solution, so you can play those old Age of Empires games with improved quality, this is a good option.
The other market would be for those people who simply don't want to spend any serious money on a new video card, but want to just get away from that onboard solution for exactly the same reason above and gain some of the well known NVIDIA features.
There's a bit of hidden performance behind the cooler and we've got native HDMI port and a single slot solution. It wouldn't do too bad in a home theater system (HTPC) and as we said, if you're looking for something to play those old games at lower resolutions, it could be the right card for you.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package and Video Card]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and 3DMark Vantage]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - PT Boats: Knights of the Sea]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Crysis Warhead]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Clear Sky]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Left 4 Dead]
- Page 11 [Temperature and Sound Tests]
- Page 12 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
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