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The Competition, Continued

GeForce GT 220 And 210: DirectX 10.1 And 40nm Under $80
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Gigabyte GV-N96GMC-512H

GeForce 9600 GSO

The GV-N96GMC-512H is an interesting flavor of 9600 GSO, equipped with the newer G94 revision of the GPU. This Gigabyte card is factory overclocked at 650 MHz GPU and 1,625 MHz shaders, compared to the reference 600 MHz GPU and 1,500 MHz shader clock rates. Even the 900 MHz GDDR3 memory is running faster than the 800 MHz reference speed. Add to this the widest memory interface in the bunch (256-bits), along with a completely silent passive cooler, and the GV-N96GMC-512H is a compelling option.

Diamond Radeon HD 4670

Diamond’s version of the Radeon HD 4670 sticks close to reference, with a 750 MHz core and 800 MHz memory (1,600 effective) clock. But it’s far from a pushover. Until now, the Radeon HD 4670 has been the most powerful reference graphics card you can get without a discrete power cable. And with 320 stream processors and GDDR3 memory, there's no doubt the new GeForce GT 220 has its work cut out for it if it wants to usurp the ATI board. As a side note, Diamond’s Radeon HD 4670 will underclock itself to 165 MHz GPU and 300 MHz memory at idle to save power.

Gigabyte GV-N95TD3-512I

GeForce 9500 GT GDDR3

Like all of Gigabyte’s GeForce models we’re looking at today, the GV-N95TD3-512I is factory overclocked. At 650 MHz GPU and 1,625 MHz shader speeds, this 9500 GT is notably faster than the 550 MHz GPU and 1,375 MHz shader reference speeds. The 800 MHz GDDR3 is quick for this class of card, notably quicker than the DDR2 versions of the 9500 GT, and the aftermarket cooler keeps the GPU nice and cool.

Sapphire Radeon HD 4650 DDR2

Sapphire's Radeon HD 4650 uses the reference 600 MHz GPU speed, but pushes the memory a little further at 500 MHz (100 MHz more than the reference clock rate). The GPU is the same 320 stream processor model used in the Radeon HD 4670, but with a lower clock speed and DDR2, instead of GDDR3, memory. Despite that disadvantage, this card’s powerful GPU allows it to perform well against the GeForce 9500 GT even when equipped with GDDR3 memory.

Diamond Radeon HD 4550

Diamond’s Radeon HD 4550 card represents the low-end of the Radeon lineup as competition for the GeForce 210. The GPU runs at its reference 600 MHz clock rate, but the memory is 50 MHz slower than the 800 MHz reference speed. This card's GDDR3 memory is still quite a bit faster than the GeForce 210’s 400 MHz DDR2, but is limited by a 64-bit memory bus. Like the GeForce 210, this Radeon HD 4550 can be converted to a half-height card if you're using it in an HTPC. Unlike the G 210 however, the Diamond's card is passively cooled and completely silent.

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    kalliman , October 12, 2009 7:12 AM
    Too late for nVidia. They should release these cards 1 year ago...
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  • 27 Hide
    kalliman , October 12, 2009 7:12 AM
    Too late for nVidia. They should release these cards 1 year ago...
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    ColMirage , October 12, 2009 7:13 AM
    Soooo tiny itsy bitsy!
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    lemonade4 , October 12, 2009 7:25 AM
    This is a nice article that points out nVidia's step into the development of 40nm chips for the market even though they didn't really cause any changes in the sub-$100 video card market. They just seemed to make it even more crowded. I can't wait for the GT300 reviews though. :) 
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    Proximon , October 12, 2009 7:30 AM
    They have a lot of loyal folks looking to save money these days, so they'll move some 220's. So fans will appreciate the cards.
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    apache_lives , October 12, 2009 7:30 AM
    hmmm i can see amd stomping this thing shortly with a DX11 part - kalliman is right, this is way too late in the market

    as for the gt300 - also bad news if the info i have heard is correct - 6 months away is not good for nvidia
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    lashabane , October 12, 2009 7:35 AM
    And to answer your question - No, it cannot play Crysis.
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    IzzyCraft , October 12, 2009 8:09 AM
    apache_liveshmmm i can see amd stomping this thing shortly with a DX11 part - kalliman is right, this is way too late in the marketas for the gt300 - also bad news if the info i have heard is correct - 6 months away is not good for nvidia

    The 210 220 i'm pretty sure are OEM parts this is more like a proof/test of what nvidia can do, then a market move. They are nothing more then media cards meant for random dell's/gateway random desktops for people who don't really know what's in their computers.
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    apache_lives , October 12, 2009 8:10 AM
    idkwhy do i feel like mac?


    because they cant play crysis either?
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    apache_lives , October 12, 2009 8:16 AM
    IzzyCraftThe 210 220 i'm pretty sure are OEM parts this is more like a proof/test of what nvidia can do, then a market move. They are nothing more then media cards meant for random dell's/gateway random desktops for people who don't really know what's in their computers.


    like nvidia 8300's and 9300's - never heard of them till i worked on a few HP's
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    scrumworks , October 12, 2009 8:17 AM
    This is the first time Tom's has run HAWX with DX10.1 support enabled. Those countless reviews with HD4xxx this support was not used. Does this imply something obvious?
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    cleeve , October 12, 2009 8:20 AM
    IzzyCraftThe 210 220 i'm pretty sure are OEM parts this is more like a proof/test of what nvidia can do, then a market move.


    They're retail now.

    Check Newegg, they can be purchased already. Today is the official launch of the retail cards, although they've been available for a few days now.
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    scrumworks , October 12, 2009 8:21 AM
    I forgot to add that article writer seems not to have any idea what DX10.1 is all about when running HAWX without AA. Let me clarify: DX10.1 is about improving AA performance.
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    americanbrian , October 12, 2009 9:10 AM
    Well scrumworks,

    Seeing as these cards cannot perform well on basic settings at low resolutions it would seem that enabling AA for these cards is a moot point.

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    stumpystumped , October 12, 2009 9:49 AM
    I don't see the point of these cards, 9500GT have similar power and performance and costs less. 9600GT green version would have similar power output but twice the performance of GT220 so again it's getting pwned.
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    shubham1401 , October 12, 2009 9:53 AM
    Fail!
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    JohnnyMash , October 12, 2009 10:48 AM
    "..the GT200 family's naming convention. Let's have a closer look at what they actually contain."

    Oh touchè! ;-)
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    liemfukliang , October 12, 2009 11:36 AM
    If only Nvidia have something to make consumen confuse like:
    Pure Video HD 4
    DX 11

    If not than I thing I will buy 9600 GT. Thank you....
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    izliecies , October 12, 2009 12:16 PM
    I think these cards need a passive cooling solution, especially for those used in HTPCs..
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