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Palit GT 220 Sonic Edition Review

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Testing the Palit GT 220 Sonic Edition is not a challenge so much as trying to find out what kind of gaming performance this card delivers. Its 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 because 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. Catalyst 9.9 for all ATI cards, save the 5800 series that require the 8.66 RC, and 191.07 for the nVidia cards


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Overclocked settings:

  • Palit GT 220 Sonic Edition 760/950/1653

The Sonic Edition GT 220 started out with a clock speed of 720MHz, although the specifications show 650MHz. This is important because the card at the higher level only gives up another 40MHz on the core, but if 650MHz is the core clock then the little GT 220 gives us over 100MHz worth of extra performance on the core. The overclock I was able to pull from the GT 220 is respectable and did provide additional measurable performance increases without impacting reliability. This was checked with a few days worth of Folding @ Home just to check it out. Bad work units means the overclock was unstable and no bad work units equals a stable clock and that's what I had. The smallish cooler looked like it would be lucky to cool down anything but did an admirable job by keeping the core at 60 degrees Celsius or less when under load while overclocked. It was nice to push a card that did not need a Hoover on top of it to keep it cool.


  • Video:
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  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. Darkest of Days
  4. Call of Duty World at War
  5. Warhammer 40,000 DOW II
  6. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  7. Resident Evil 5
  8. Left 4 Dead
  9. 3DMark 06 Professional
  10. 3DMark Vantage


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