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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 220 v2 Galaxy 1GB Edition Radeon HD 2900 Pro
Halo: Reach 353% 234%
Cyberpunk 2077 1860% 1345%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1327% 952%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 780% 549%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1327% 952%
Doom Eternal 1127% 805%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1860% 1345%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2080% 1508%
FIFA 20 660% 460%
Need For Speed Heat 1327% 952%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 2900 Pro are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 220 v2 Galaxy 1GB Edition.

The GT 220 has a 25 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the HD 2900. This results in the GT 220 providing 0.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 220 has a 25 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 2900, but the HD 2900 has 8 more Render Output Units than the GT 220. As a result, the HD 2900 exhibits a 4.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 220. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 220 was released over a year more recently than the HD 2900, and so the GT 220 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 2900.

The GT 220 has 512 MB more video memory than the HD 2900, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the HD 2900 has superior memory performance.

The HD 2900 has 44.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 220, which means that the memory performance of the HD 2900 is noticeably better than the GT 220.

The GeForce GT 220 v2 Galaxy 1GB Edition has 48 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 2900 Pro has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 220 is 60 and the actual shader performance of the HD 2900 is 125. The HD 2900 having 65 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 2900 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 220.

The GT 220 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 2900. This means that the GT 220 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 2900.

The GeForce GT 220 v2 Galaxy 1GB Edition requires 58 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 2900 Pro requires 200 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 220 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the HD 2900. The HD 2900 requires 142 Watts more than the GT 220 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 2900 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GT 220.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed625 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla GT215-450-A2R600 PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date12 Oct 2009vs07 Dec 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed400 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR2vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth6.4GB/secvs51.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units48vs320
Actual Shader Performance3%vs6%
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate10 GTexel/svs9.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs16
Pixel Rate5 GPixel/svs9.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power58 Wattsvs200 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 18 Ampsvs550 Watts & 35 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.0
Open GL3.3vs3.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHzvsIntel Core 2 Quad Q6400 2.13GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 220 v2 Galaxy 1GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Entry-Level GeForce GT 220 v2, created by Galaxy.

Overclock: Central Unit

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 400MHz instead of 790MHz because the GPU Acesses a GDDR2 Frame Buffer, instead of GDDR3.

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution

Performance is Lower than the Reference GeForce GT 220 v2, especially at Higher Resolutions.
Radeon HD 2900 Pro is a high-end GPU based on the 80nm variant of the second unified shader architecture, R600.
It's based on the R600 Pro Core and offers 320 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 16 ROPs on a 256-bit memory interface of standard GDDR3. The central unit runs at 600MHz and the memory clock runs at up to 800MHz.
Its performance is quite superior to Radeon HD 2900 GT due to offering extra Shading Units. A GDDR4 version, paired with a 512-bit bus width and with a frame buffer of 1GB is also available should be significantly faster on high resolutions (thus better suited for today's modern games at 720p).
Today's games should run fluently at high settings using a 1024x768 resolution but beyond that, will require very reduced settings and DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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