Leadtek Winfast Geforce GT 220 1Gb - A 9500 GT with DX10.1

Videocards/VGA Reviews by jmke @ 2009-11-05

NVIDIA released a new GPU onto the unsuspecting masses, it features DX10.1 support and is their first 40nm product. It is not a new high end card though, the Geforce GT 220 has retail price on average of €50, so let us find out where it lands performance wise.

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Performance, Overclocking & Conclusive Thoughts

Performance Numbers

We ran the Geforce GT 220 clocked at 625/1360/800 through our 15 performance tests as well as power consumption, temperature and noise measurements; You can find the results in our live-article: Video Card Comparison Charts

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You’ll find the GT 220 slightly in front of the older Geforce 9500 GT; at higher resolutions the difference diminishes, while at lower settings the GT 220 holds a slightly larger lead, overall though the performance difference between this card and a 9500 GT is negligible.

If we look at the FPS numbers this card is able to produce in the different games we come to the conclusion that even at 1280x1024 this card has trouble providing a decent gameplay experience. You can forget any of the newer titles, and even older games give this card a run for its money.

Preliminary Overclocking

Our colleague reviewer Massman did some preliminary overclocking tests with the Geforce GT 220, the stock cooler makes quite a racket, as you saw in the results charts, it tops out at ~55dBA and the fan never slows down; the GPU is cooled down to a new record low and this did help the overclocking experiment.

Without modifications Massman reached the following results:

  • CORE: 675MHz (+8%)
  • Shader: 1450MHz (1500 if mem <900MHz) (+7%)
  • MEMORY: 940MHz (+15%!)

    Performance wise this overclock does have some effect, 4-6% can be expected, but it doesn’t help make this card a viable gaming video card unfortunately;

    Conclusive Thoughts

    Leadtek is one of the launch partners of NVIDIA, they had their Winfast Geforce GT 220 version ready at launch, their version features some interesting changes from the reference design, while they don’t necessarily change the performance, they do offer some advantages, but unfortunately also some disadvantages.

    The low profile PCB makes this card an ideal candidate for a HTPC setup, with the HDMI and DVI outputs. The card draws less power than the older 9500 GT, we’re talking ~10W under load, not earth shattering, but every Watt counts when you build a system that will remain powered on for many hours. Add in HD video acceleration, CUDA support and this card becomes more attractive for HTPC owners. Now if only that fan would run slower and make less noise!

    When it comes down to gaming performance we can’t help but feel let down, at price point of ~€50 the Leadtek GT 220 is slightly more expensive than a 9500 GT, cheaper than a 9600 GT, but same price as 9600 GSO. Add ATI video cards in the mix and you’ll see Radeon 4670 at €50 make an appearance, offering much better performance.

    Leadtek Winfast Geforce GT 220 1Gb

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    If you’re looking for a CUDA-able low profile video card with entry level price and DX10.1 support, you can’t go wrong with the Winfast GT 220. If however you’re looking for a gaming card at the €50 price point there are better alternatives out there.

    With GT 240 around the corner, we hope NVIDIA adapts their pricing scheme so that this higher powered card is available for €50, and in turn making the GT 220 more affordable and better value for customers world wide.
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