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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 220 v2 Galaxy 1GB Edition GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2
Red Dead Redemption 2 1327% 1429%
Cyberpunk 2077 1860% 2000%
Doom Eternal 1127% 1214%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 780% 843%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1327% 1429%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1860% 2000%
FIFA 20 660% 714%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2080% 2236%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1860% 2000%
Need For Speed Heat 1327% 1429%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 220 v2 Galaxy 1GB Edition are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2.

The GT 220 has a 85 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the 8600 GT. This results in the GT 220 providing 1.4 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 85 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GT 220 providing 0.7 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. 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 8600 GT, 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 8600 GT.

The GT 220 has 512 MB more video memory than the 8600 GT, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the 8600 GT has superior memory performance.

The 8600 GT has 6.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 220, which means that the memory performance of the 8600 GT is marginally better than the GT 220.

The GeForce GT 220 v2 Galaxy 1GB Edition has 48 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2 has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 220 is 60 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43. The GT 220 having 17 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 8600 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GT 220 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the GT 220 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GT 220 should consume less power than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce GT 220 v2 Galaxy 1GB Edition requires 58 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2 requires 75 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 220. The 8600 GT requires 17 Watts more than the GT 220 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the 8600 GT to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GT 220.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed625 MHzvs540 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla GT215-450-A2Tesla G84
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date12 Oct 2009vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed400 MHzvs400 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR2vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth6.4GB/secvs12.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs green tick 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units48vs32
Actual Shader Performance3%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate10 GTexel/svs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs8
Pixel Rate5 GPixel/svs4.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power58 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 18 Amps-

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

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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.
GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2 is a special edition of the middle-class GeForce 8600 GT.
It features DDR2 instead of DDR3 meaning it has less memory bandwidth due to the operating memory clock being lower while consuming more power since DDR3 is more energy efficient. The central unit runs at the same speed (540MHz) but this GPU feature a custom cooling solution which is 16 degrees cooler than the reference cooler, according to Asus.
Expect its performance to be on level with the reference card despite its lower bandwidth although the performance will be significantly lower when using 3D applications and settings that require extra bandwidth.
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