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Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 630 2GB DDR3 are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 220 Palit Sonic 512MB Edition.

The GT 630 has a 160 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GT 220. This results in the GT 630 providing 2.6 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 630 has a 160 MHz higher core clock speed than the GT 220, but the GT 220 has 4 more Render Output Units than the GT 630. As a result, the GT 220 exhibits a 2 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 630. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 630 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 GT 630 has 1536 MB more video memory than the GT 220, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GT 630 also has superior memory performance overall.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce GT 220 Palit Sonic 512MB Edition and the GeForce GT 630 2GB DDR3 are the same, which means the GT 220 and the GT 630 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The GeForce GT 220 Palit Sonic 512MB Edition has 48 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GT 630 2GB DDR3 has 96. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 220 is 72 and the actual shader performance of the GT 630 is 156. The GT 630 having 84 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GT 630 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 220.

The GeForce GT 220 Palit Sonic 512MB Edition requires 65 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GT 630 2GB DDR3. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 220.

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GPU Core Details

Core Speed650 MHzvs810 MHz
ArchitectureTesla GT216Fermi GF108
Notebook GPUnono
Release Date01 Dec 200901 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/secvs28.8GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs green tick 256 KB

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units48vs96
Actual Shader Performance72vs156
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate10.4 GTexel/svs13 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs4
Pixel Rate5.2 GPixel/svs3.2 GPixel/s

GPU Display Tech

Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.1vs4.2
Max Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power65 Watts-

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended RAM3 GBvs4 GB
Recommended Screen Size1024x7681366x768
Recommended PSU300 Watts-

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GT 220 Palit Sonic 512MB 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 650MHz and from 790MHz to 900MHz, respectively.
The performance boost is quite relevant and about 7% according to most benchmarks.
GeForce GT 630 2GB DDR3 is another version of middle-class GeForce GT 630.
This version comes equipped with a 2GB frame buffer whilst the other specifications are exactly like the standard GeForce GT 630.
Therefore, GeForce GT 630 2GB DDR3 can be addressed as a gimmick: marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product as GeForce GT 630 2GB DDR3 is not powerful enough to use 2GB of frame buffer, due to its limited bandwidth and processing power.
Recommended CPUAMD Athlon 64 2800+
Intel Pentium D 945 3.4GHz
Intel Pentium D 950 3.4GHz
AMD Athlon LE-1640
Intel Xeon Processor LV 2.80 GHz
AMD Opteron 275
Intel Celeron J1750 2.41GHz
AMD Opteron 1214
AMD Athlon 4450e Dual Core
AMD Athlon 4450B Dual Core
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
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