Legit Video Card Reviews
EVGA GeForce GT 220 SSC DDR3 Video Card Review
|Date:||Fri, Nov 13, 2009 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
NVIDIA says that the GeForce GT 220 video cards 48 processing cores can deliver up to 37x the performance of an integrated solution like the Intel G45! If you want to play popular games like World of Warcraft, Spore, Sims3, Left 4 Dead or Fallout3, the integrated graphics isn't going to cut it and an inexpensive video card like the GeForce GT 220 is an easy way to get a performance boost for your PC without breaking the bank. The EVGA GeForce GT 220 SSC 1GB DDR3 edition graphics card that we looked at today does fairly well for gaming, but we would only suggest it to those that don't use anti-aliasing and use resolutions of 1280x1024 or 1440x900 for gaming.
The compact size of the EVGA GeForce GT 220 and the ability to use a single HDMI 1.3a cable to connect this card to an HDTV, make it ideal for a HTPC system. The only negative to this card was the loud fan that was much louder than we expected and to be honest ruined the possibility of using this card for a HTPC. Well, right before we published this article it seems that EVGA has listened o their customers concerns regarding the fan noise. They recently announced that an update is available for all EVGA GeForce GT 220 cards which allow silent operation with no impact to performance. With the new update applied, the card will operate quietly in all applications such as DVD playback and web browsing, and will increase the fanspeed based on the GPU operating temperature if necessary for 3D games.
In addition, new incoming shipments will already have the update applied.
If you already own one of these graphics cards and haven't done this vBIOS update you can download the update here for cards with part number 01G-P3-1227-LR or here for cards with part number 01G-P3-1226-LR. To install the update you need to use CD Burning software to burn the .iso image onto a blank CD. Reboot the PC and ensure that the CD Drive is the primary boot device. Press “Y” to initiate the flash, then remove the CD and reboot. Driver re-installation may be necessary depending on what operating system you are using. This upgraded BIOS makes the card near silent and saves it from being not recommended!
Legit Bottom Line: For those looking to spend under $100 on a new graphics card to get a small performance boost from a system with integrated graphics the EVGA GeForce GT 220 is a solid choice that runs great on Windows 7.
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Page 1 - The EVGA GT220 Card
Page 2 - Retail Box and Bundle
Page 3 - The Test System
Page 4 - Batman: Arkham Asylum
Page 5 - Resident Evil 5
Page 6 - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
Page 7 - FurMark 1.7.0
Page 8 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 9 - Temperature and NoiseTesting
Page 10 - Power Consumption
Page 11 - GT 220 Overclocking
Page 12 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions