Inno3D Geforce GT 220 Reviewccokeman -
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After attending Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference I left with a new appreciation of what the GPU was capable of. Gaming is not the only game in town anymore. For the majority of people the computer is for more than just 'getting your frag on'. It's about watching HD content, converting and encoding media, fixing your pictures since we all are not professional photographers and of course, finding a way to clean up our poorly shot home videos. For most people that's what the computer is used for - it's used as a tool. But of course gaming is something that at least one of the family is interested in and you have to have some gaming ability to be attractive for an all around economical solution.
The inno3D GT 220 is one such card that is meant to fill the price point previously occupied by the 9500 GT. The GT 220 is built upon the 40nm GT 216 core and comes equipped with 48 Cuda cores, 16 Texture units and 8 ROP's and carries 1GB of GDDR3 memory. The use of the 40nm build process results in a low power card that uses a total of 7 watts at idle. The GT 220 is capable of sending the high definition sound and picture out through the HDMI connection, so getting the full HD experience is possible without any additional connections. The inno3D GT 220 is DirectX 10.1 and Shader model 4.1 ready and supports Physx, HDCP, and OpenGL 3.2. After testing Palit's rendition I am curious as to how the extra 512MB of memory will help this card out.
The front panel of the inno3D GT 220 package features a warrior carrying two swords to grab your attention, before you notice the attributes of the card that are posted, including HDMI and Windows 7 compatibility. Along the bottom of the front panel you have a Graphics Plus panel that lists the things this card will prove useful for. These include Physx, Video and Image processing as well as 3D Stereo. The rear panel goes into greater detail on the attributes in multiple languages. Along the bottom-right there are a few icons that include the RoHS symbol that means the card is built taking into consideration environmental factors in the EU. The card is certified for Windows Vista and compatible with Windows 7.
As you can imagine, the contents of the package are pretty sparse since the card has added connectivity and no need for adapters or additional power cables. The GT 220 comes with an install kit that contains the driver disk and a quick start guide that covers the hardware installation.
Minimal packaging does not necessarily mean a minimal product. Let's take a look at what the inno3D GT 220 has to offer.