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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 320

Intro

The GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 1012 MHz on this particular model. It features 48 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 320, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 540 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 790 MHz on this particular card. It features 72 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 320 43 Watts
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 58 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (35%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 320 overall. (explain)

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 32384 MB/sec
GeForce GT 320 25280 MB/sec
Difference: 7104 (28%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 320 will be a lot (more or less 30%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce GT 320 12960 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 10000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2960 (30%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 is the winner, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 5000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 320 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 680 (16%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3

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GeForce GT 320

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

Model GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 GeForce GT 320
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2009 February 2010
Code Name GT216 GT215
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 540 MHz
Shader Speed 1360 MHz 1302 MHz
Memory Speed 1012 MHz (2024 MHz effective) 790 MHz (1580 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 48 72
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.3
Power (Max TDP) 58 watts 43 watts
Shader Model 4.1 4.1
Bandwidth 32384 MB/sec 25280 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10000 Mtexels/sec 12960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5000 Mpixels/sec 4320 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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