Palit GT 220 Sonic Edition Reviewccokeman - October 12, 2009
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As I saw last week, the GPU is being used for things it traditionally has not been used for and it opened my eyes up to the possibilities. Windows 7 is finally being released in a few short weeks and the GT 220 is poised to take advantage of features of the new (to the masses) operating system such as Direct Compute. Many people use the computer as a way to watch, store and manipulate digital media. Just think, we take all our pictures on a digital camera and take home movies of the kids or your friends with a digital camcorder and you need a way to fix the blurriness and shaking in videos and fix the problems with our photos. We all want to watch great high definition content but again, let's face reality, the current situation with graphics in mainstream computers means that you just can't watch HD content the way it's meant to be. A graphics card that has the ability to pull the load is what is needed and Integrated Intel graphics is not the way to go. Not everyone uses a computer for benchmarking and playing games with all the eye candy on at big resolutions, this is the majority of people out there and they are more numerous than the enthusiasts.
GPU computing is where the experience gets better for the masses. Cuda based applications take advantage of the parallel computing power of the GPU and there are more and more applications integrating GPU acceleration into the program. You have applications that transcode video faster using the GPU than on the CPU and this goes right through the spectrum with photo and video editing to coding video for use with mobile devices. Gives you more time for the things that are important in life instead of just waiting for the latest DVD you want to put on your iPod. Having tested out many of the applications I mentioned in the past, the Palit GT 220 offers decreased time to complete a task than the CPU alone. The Palit GT 220 is not a gaming powerhouse but it does allow you to play at 1280x1024 with settings that are not the bottom of the barrel but fall into the middle of the road. With GPU computing becoming more mainstream, people are finding the tangible benefits of using the GPU as not just a video card but a way to increase productivity and make use of this new way of doing old tasks.
- Low noise
- Low heat and Power Consumption
- Windows 7 ready
- High resolution gaming