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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 220 v2 Galaxy 1GB Edition GeForce GT 520 v2
Red Dead Redemption 2 1327% 2278%
Cyberpunk 2077 1860% 3167%
Doom Eternal 1127% 1944%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1327% 2278%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 780% 1367%
Halo: Reach 353% 656%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1860% 3167%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1860% 3167%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2080% 3533%
Need For Speed Heat 1327% 2278%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 220 v2 Galaxy 1GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 520 v2.

The GT 520 has a 75 MHz higher core clock speed than the GT 220, but the GT 220 has 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GT 520. As a result, the GT 220 exhibits a 4.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GT 520. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 520 has a 75 MHz higher core clock speed than the GT 220, but the GT 220 has 6 more Render Output Units than the GT 520. As a result, the GT 220 exhibits a 3.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 520. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 520 was released over a year more recently than the GT 220, and so the GT 520 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GT 220.

The GeForce GT 220 v2 Galaxy 1GB Edition and the GeForce GT 520 v2 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GT 520 has 4.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 220, which means that the memory performance of the GT 520 is marginally better than the GT 220.

Both the GeForce GT 220 v2 Galaxy 1GB Edition and the GeForce GT 520 v2 have 48 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GT 520 is 67 and by the GT 220 is 67. Knowing that the shader performance of the GT 520 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The GeForce GT 220 v2 Galaxy 1GB Edition requires 58 Watts to run and the GeForce GT 520 v2 requires 29 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 220 and a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 520. The GT 220 requires 29 Watts more than the GT 520 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GT 220 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GT 520.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed625 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla GT215-450-A2Fermi GF108-200-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date12 Oct 2009vs01 Feb 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed400 MHzvs667 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR2vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth6.4GB/secvs10.7GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units48vs48
Actual Shader Performance3%vs3%
Texture Mapping Units16vs8
Texture Rate10 GTexel/svs5.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs2
Pixel Rate5 GPixel/svs1.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power58 Wattsvs29 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 18 Ampsvs300 Watts & 22 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHzvsIntel Celeron G530 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

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 GT 520 v2 is an OEM only, Entry-Level Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Fermi Architecture.

The Fermi Architecture is manufactured with a 40nm technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

It equips a GPU codenamed GF108-200-A1 which has 1 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 48 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 2 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 700MHz.

The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 667MHz.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 29W, it requires at least a 300W PSU and it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above Radeon HD 5450.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Celeron) and 4GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 520 v2.
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