At first glance the Zotac GeForce GT 220 looks like a winner. It has a great design and good features and specs but its inconsistent performance and relatively high price-tag spoil the party.
Specs & Design
The GT 220 has an impressive 1GB of video RAM, a core clocked at 625MHz and uses a 128-bit memory interface. The card had both a DVI-port and an HDMI-port, which is a useful addition. It has a very good design that incorporates a heatsink with an embedded fan and as a result, we suffered neither heat nor noise issues. Also, the GT 220 doesn’t require an additional power input.
The GT 220 has a very good design that incorporates a heatsink with an embedded fan and as a result, we suffered neither heat nor noise issues.
We tested the card on a system made up of an Intel Core i7 870 processor clocked at 2.93MHz, 2GB of Kingston HyperX DDR3 RAM, an Intel DP55KG Extreme Motherboard, an Intel X25-M 80GB SSD and running Windows 7 64-bit. Our benchmarks consisted of the 3D Mark ’06 and 3D Mark Vantage suite of tests and temperature and audio level tests. For gaming we tested the card using Crysis, Far Cry 2 and Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. at 1280x1024 and 1024x768 resolutions.
The GT 220 began our tests wonderfully with very strong showings in both our synthetic benchmarks with scores of 6,957 and 14,750 in 3D Mark ’06 and 3D Mark Vantage (Entry Level) respectively. In the latter case, it even outscored the Palit Radeon HD4670. But in our gaming benchmarks, the GT 220 disappointed. In Crysis at 1280x1024, 4xAA and V. High settings it managed 13fps. In Far Cry 2 at the same settings, the GT 220 was able to produce 22fps and in H.A.W.X., 19fps.
The Zotac GeForce GT 220 is priced at Rs. 4,750 and that price-tag seems off by at least Rs. 2,000. This is because the HD4670 gives about 40% more performance and is still priced Rs. 400 lower. The XFX Radeon HD4650 which gives about 20% less performance is priced a whole Rs. 2,500 lower. However, taking into account its design and performance, at a more reasonable price, the GT 220 will be a very good card rather than merely a good one.