Palit GT 220 Sonic Edition Reviewccokeman -
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The Palit GT 220 is a card that is meant to be used to help people make their everyday tasks go faster and to have a more enjoyable experience watching high definition media. Before all that happens though, you need to get the drivers installed to gain all that functionality. The disc supplied by Palit contains the driver for the GT 220, so all you need to do is insert the disc and allow the GUI to load up and follow the directions until the process completes. Once done, the customary reboot is required. Then you are off to the races to enjoy your computing experience.
When you talk about added functionality you have to wonder, what the heck I am talking about? nVidia has partnered with a whole slew of software companies to allow Cuda enabled applications take advantage of the massive parallel computing capabilities of its graphics processors. The idea is not to replace the CPU since it does quite well in serial applications where the GPU is more efficient in parallel applications. By having the two work together as coprocessors the work is done faster. Some of these applications you have already seen here on OverclockersClub, including Badaboom and Motion DSP's vReveal software. Badaboom allows you to transcode video to portable formats using the processing capabilities of the GPU, while the vReveal software from Motion DSP is great at fixing all of the poorly shot home videos and allows you to fix photos using its proprietary algorithms to bring clarity to blurry pictures. Having the chance to view this program in action again at the nVidia GPU Technology Conference just reaffirmed its worth. The commercial application is great but you have to see the Ikena software that is used for law enforcement. This is the real CSI stuff where you are able to take the grainy pictures from bank and traffic cameras and pull license plate numbers out of the jumble of pixels. You can use Cyberlink's Power Director 7 that offers GPU accelerated H.264 encoding and ten Cuda accelerated effects to drop the time it takes to render projects by a wide margin when compared to the time it takes to render via the CPU alone. Of course, there are many more but this is just a snapshot of the applications available that use Cuda and GPU acceleration. One of the applications that really make use of the nVidia GPUs' massive computing capabilities is Folding @ Home, a distributed computing project that looks for a cure for many really heinous diseases that plague uor lives, such as cancer, Alzheimer's and BSE. If you are interested, make sure you choose team 12772! To find out more visit the CUDA Zone
Another practical use for the GT 220 is to use it as a second card in your system to take care of the PhysX calculations in many of today's latest games, such as Batman: Arkham Asylum, Darkest of Days, and Resident Evil 5 so you can get all of the benefits of the effects put into the games. With the upcoming release of Windows 7, the GT 220 supports Direct Compute and drag and drop video conversion.