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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 320

Intro

The GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 features clock speeds of 625 MHz on the GPU, and 1012 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 48 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 320, which features a GPU core clock speed of 540 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM running at 790 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 72 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, 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 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 should be much (more or less 30%) more effective at texture 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 running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 is superior to the GeForce GT 320, though 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

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 320

Amazon.com

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 (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably 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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