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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 110.4 and the actual shader performance of the GT 630 is 192. The GT 630 having 81.6 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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|Mini Review||GeForce 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.