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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 set the core speed at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 1012 MHz on this particular model. It features 48 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 320, which features GPU clock speed of 540 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 790 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 72 Stream Processors, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

(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

In theory, the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 is 28% quicker than the GeForce GT 320 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (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 much (approximately 30%) more effective at AF 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 running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 is a better choice, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (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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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock 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 rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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