Palit GT 220 Sonic Edition Reviewccokeman -
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Not every card in the world is a barn burner or meant to be used in a high end gaming computer. In fact, there are probably more mainstream cards sold than high performance cards any day of the week. I know it sounds like blasphemy but you know that's where the money is made. How many desktop PCs go out the door each and every day to a home where they do the things most people do with their computers, such as look at and alter their photos and all those home movies, watch a bunch of Youtube videos, transcode video so it can be made portable for use on an iPod, Zune or even a cellphone? What about watching Blu-Ray content on their big screen? Many of these computers are delivered with a graphics chipset that has a hard time playing all of the HD content we love so much so the end user is left a little less than happy with the results. Well, you say something of this caliber can't be for gaming, can it? Not for the high end graphics quality we like but for some lower resolution gaming it should hold its own.
The Palit GT 220 is a new card that is being released with a focus on the mainstream user in mind with features such as Direct Compute and drag and drop video conversion make it ready for prime time when Microsoft's next operating system, Windows 7, is released to the public. Power consumption has been reduced to where the card only uses seven watts at idle. Seven watts! The Palit GT 220 is is supposed to perform right between the capable 9500 and 9600GT models with a price point that even the most miserly will have a hard time passing up. Let's see what the Palit GT 220 has to offer!
The Palit GT 220 Sonic Edition is a smaller video card and the packaging reflects this reduction in stature. The front panel mentions that the GT220 is built using a 40nm process and is fully CUDA capable. This card is the "Sonic Edition," which signifies that this card has a little special something. The bottom right has a list of the specifications while the rear of the packaging goes into greater detail on the merits of its specifications. As with all of Palit's video cards, the Frobot make its presence known on the package.
There really isn't much to be seen once you pull the GT 220 out of the package. The Palit GT 220 is protected in a bubble wrap cocoon, and comes with a driver disc and a "Quick Install Guide." Not known for large bundles, Palit has included just what you need to get started.
Let's see what the GT 220 has to offer! Just looking at the specifications tells us this card will not be a gaming behemoth. But that's A-OK because this little beauty can do other things.