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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game HD i3 3220 GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 1596% 348%
Cyberpunk 2077 2230% 515%
Doom Eternal 1358% 285%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 946% 176%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1596% 348%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2230% 515%
FIFA 20 803% 139%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2491% 584%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 2230% 515%
Need For Speed Heat 1596% 348%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition are massively better than the Intel HD i3 3220.

The HD i3 3220 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 550 Ti, and so the HD i3 3220 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 550 Ti.

The GTX 550 Ti has 1024 MB video memory, but the HD i3 3220 does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD i3 3220 has 6 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the HD i3 3220 is 19 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 372. The GTX 550 Ti having 353 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 550 Ti delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD i3 3220.

The HD i3 3220 requires 8 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the HD i3 3220 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 550 Ti. The GTX 550 Ti has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the HD i3 3220. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 550 Ti may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD i3 3220.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs970 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureIvy BridgeFermi GF116-400-A1
OC Potential None vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 Sep 2012vs01 Sep 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900 - vs green tick
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - green tick vs green tick -

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs1024 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs1025 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs98.4GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs green tick 384 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units6vs192
Actual Shader Performance1%vs18%
Texture Mapping Units-vs32
Texture Rate-vs31 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs24
Pixel Rate-vs23.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power8 Watts-
Recommended PSU300 Wattsvs400 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.0vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM-8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewHD i3 3220 is a specific version of the Intel HD 2500 Graphics that comes with the CPU 'Core i3-3220 3.3GHz'.
The new features include DirectX 11 and Tessellation support. Using Tesselation might not be a very good idea since even strong fast-middle-class GPUs struggle with it.
The core-clock is initially set at 650MHz and will go to up to 1150MHz, if necessary.
The max memory supported by the CPU is 1600MHz DDR3, therefore the max memory speed is 800MHz.
Benchmarks are yet to become available and so this GPU's rank is subject to change.
GeForce GTX 550 Ti WindForce Edition is a special edition of the upper-middle-class GeForce GTX 550 Ti. See the standard edition's page for more information.
The new features include an increase in the clock from 900MHz to 970MHz and a new cooling system.
Benchmarks indicate a 4.5% performance boost when compared to the reference card..
Some modern demanding games will run at the highest settings using a 1080p resolution but the largest part will have to be played with a 720p resolution to be played optimally.
This Graphics Card needs to be paired with a decent Quad Core CPU.
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