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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 220 v3 GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3
Cyberpunk 2077 1459% 1514%
Hitman 3 1928% 2000%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1326% 1376%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1279% 1329%
FIFA 21 686% 714%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2093% 2171%
Far Cry 6 2155% 2236%
Genshin Impact 1459% 1514%
Battlefield 6 1928% 2000%
Resident Evil 8 1459% 1514%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 220 v3 are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3.

The GT 220 has a 75 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the 8600 GT. This results in the GT 220 providing 1.2 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 75 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GT 220 providing 0.6 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 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 GeForce GT 220 v3 and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GT 220 has 9.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the GT 220 is marginally better than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce GT 220 v3 has 48 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 220 is 59 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43. The GT 220 having 16 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GT 220 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 8600 GT.

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 v3 requires 58 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 220 and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT. The GT 220 requires 12 Watts more than the 8600 GT 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 8600 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed615 MHzvs540 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla GT216-055-A3Tesla G84
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date12 Oct 2009vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
3.5
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3.1
1920x1080
2.4
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2.2
2560x1440
1.5
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1.4
3840x2160 - vs green tick
0.9

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs22.4GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units48vs32
Actual Shader Performance3%vs2%
Technology40nmvs80nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate9.8 GTexel/svs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs8
Pixel Rate4.9 GPixel/svs4.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power58 Wattsvs46 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX10.1vs10.0
Shader Model4.0vs4.0
Open GL3.3vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

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

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 220 v3 is a Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Architecture
Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed GT215-450-A2 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 48 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 615MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 512MB frame buffer of DDR2, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1000MHz.

Features
DirectX 10.1 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.

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

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 58W, it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for Power meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above a Radeon HD 4550, meaning it is only somewhat slower than the more recent Fermi GeForce GT 430.
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 is one of the many variants of the fast-middle-class GeForce 8600 GT.
On this version, the GPU is equipped with 512MB of standard GDDR3. The architecture allows the use of 512MB, since the GPU's processing power is strong enough and the memory controller is up for the task of processing 512MB. Therefore, the performance is superior to the 256MB version and any other version of DDR2, including 1GB.
However, and due to its architecture limitations, modern demanding games will require reduced settings, even if they don't require more than 512MB of video ram. Very Demanding games like Metro 2033 are only playable at the lowest settings.
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