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Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 5570 1024MB are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 220 Gigabyte 1GB OC Edition.

The GT 220 has a 70 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5570, but the HD 5570 has 4 more Texture Mapping Units than the GT 220. As a result, the HD 5570 exhibits a 1.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GT 220. 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 70 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5570 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GT 220 providing 0.6 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 HD 5570 was released less than a year after the GT 220, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce GT 220 Gigabyte 1GB OC Edition and the Radeon HD 5570 1024MB have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 5570 has 3.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 220, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5570 is marginally better than the GT 220.

The GeForce GT 220 Gigabyte 1GB OC Edition has 48 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5570 1024MB has 400. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 220 is 79 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5570 is 169. The HD 5570 having 90 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5570 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 220.

The Radeon HD 5570 1024MB requires 42 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GT 220. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the HD 5570, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GT 220.

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GPU Core Details

Core Speed720 MHzvs650 MHz
ArchitectureTesla GT216Evergreen Redwood PRO
Notebook GPUnono
Release Date01 Dec 200909 Feb 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs28.8GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units48vs400
Actual Shader Performance79vs169
Texture Mapping Units16vs20
Texture Rate11.5 GTexel/svs13 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs8
Pixel Rate5.8 GPixel/svs5.2 GPixel/s

GPU Display Tech

Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.1vs3.2
Max Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-42 Watts

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended RAM3 GBvs4 GB
Recommended Screen Size1024x7681366x768
Recommended PSU-400 Watts & 24 Amps

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GT 220 Gigabyte 1GB OC Edition is a special edition of the entry-level GeForce GT 220.
This edition features a new cooling system and overclocking out of the box in both core and memory clocks from 625MHz to 720MHz and from 790MHz to 800MHz, respectively.
The performance boost is very significant and about 9% according to most benchmarks.
The Evergreen series is a family of GPUs developed by AMD graphics products division. The existence was spotted on a presentation slide from AMD Technology Analyst Day July 2007 as 'R8xx'. ATI held a press event in the USS Hornet museum on September 10, 2009 and announced ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology and specifications of the Radeon HD 5800 series' variants. The first variants of the Radeon HD 5800 series were launched September 23, 2009, with the HD 5700 series launching October 12 and HD 5970 launching on November 18 The HD 5670, was launched on January 14, 2010, and the HD 5500 and 5400 series were launched in February of 2010, completing what has appeared to be most of ATI's Evergreen GPU lineup.
Demand so greatly outweighed supply that more than two months after launch, many online retailers were still having trouble keeping the 5800 and 5900 series in stock.
Recommended CPUIntel Xeon Processor 3.4 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 2800+
Intel Pentium D 945 3.4GHz
Intel Pentium D 950 3.4GHz
AMD Athlon LE-1640
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5700 3GHz
Intel Celeron G550T 2.2GHz
AMD Athlon II X2 250
AMD Athlon II X2 245e
AMD Opteron 8224 SE
Possible GPU UpgradesRadeon R7 250 v2 MSI OC 2GB Edition
Radeon HD 5770 Asus v2 Edition
Radeon HD 8670D + 6670 Dual
Radeon HD 4870 Sapphire Vapor-X 1GB Edition
Radeon HD 4870
Radeon HD 6850 MSI OC Power Edition
Radeon HD 5870 MSI Lightning Edition
GeForce GTX 560 Zotac AMP! Edition
Radeon HD 5870 1024MB
Radeon HD 5870 2048MB
GPU Variants-Radeon HD 5570 XFX 1GB Edition
Radeon HD 5570 XFX Eyefinity X 2GB Edition