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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 320

Intro

The GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 1012 MHz on this particular model. It features 48 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 320, which comes with clock speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 790 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 72 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 should in theory be quite a bit better 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 should be much (about 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

The GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 should be a little bit (approximately 16%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GT 320, and also able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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

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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 320

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 GeForce GT 320
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2009 February 2010
Code Name GT216 GT215
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 540 MHz
Memory Speed 2024 MHz 1580 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 58 watts 43 watts
Bandwidth 32384 MB/sec 25280 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10000 Mtexels/sec 12960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5000 Mpixels/sec 4320 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 48 72
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 486 million 727 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 3.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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