Inno3D Geforce GT 220 Reviewccokeman -
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Testing the Inno3D GT 220 is not a challenge so much as trying to find out what kind of gaming performance this card is capable of delivering. The computing attributes make it a card that will help improve the everyday experience of a computer for the mainstream user. To test out the GT 220 Sonic Edition's gaming credentials, I will run the card through the OverclockersClub suite of benchmarks, but you know it won't be able to deliver playable frame rates at the settings I use, so I will reduce the settings to a level that gives an expectation of playability. In reality this card will most likely find its home in a mainstream computer with a 17" to 19" LCD panel in a home office or in the family computer. Testing will be limited from 1280x1024 up to 1920x1200, with the revised settings listed at the top of each game page. 1280x1024 should be playable in all of the games in the suite so let's get to it and see if we can make it playable. Of course, overclocking will be part of the exercise. The drivers used for this test will be Catalyst 9.10 for all ATI cards and 191.07 for the nVidia cards. As comparisons I will use the HD 4670, HD 4770, a 512MB GT 220 and the GTS 250.
- Processor: Intel Core I7 920 150x20
- Motherboard: MSI X58 Eclipse SLI
- Memory: Mushkin HP3 12800 7-7-7-20
- Video Card(s): Inno3D GT 220
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800 watt Modular power supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: NEC DV5700
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition SP1 64bit
- Case: Thermaltake Armor +
Comparison Video Cards:
- inno3D 799/1060/1739
While I thought the overclock I got on the Palit Sonic edition was good the inno3D GT 220 just kept on going up and past it on the memory the shaders and the core. With nothing more than MSI's Afterburner program, I was able to reach 799Mhz on the GPU core - an increase of 174Mhz - pretty stout for a low-end card. But the core was not the only success story as the shaders took a jump all the way to 1739Mhz. This is an improvement of 379Mhz over the 'as delivered' 1360Mhz clock speed. Last but not least, the memory came up big as well, with an increase of 240Mhz. It would be nice if all cards played this nice when it came to pushing the clocks. By bumping the fan speed up, the card stayed cool only reaching 55 degrees Celsius with the big clock speed increases.