Nvidia GeForce 210 and GeForce GT 220 Review: Revenge of the Low-End?. Page 13
[12/16/2009 10:42 AM | Graphics]
by Alexey Stepin , Yaroslav Lyssenko
Nvidia’s positions weaken pretty quickly as ATI technologies unwinds mass production of their DirectX 11 solutions. However, while ATI doesn’t have a new-generation product for the Low-End segment and continues offering inexpensive Radeon HD 4000 series cards here, Nvidia releases their first DirectX 10.1 solutions for inexpensive desktops. But will these newcomers be able to compete successfully against the already existing competitors? Today we are going to answer this question with the help of graphics cards from Gigabyte and Gainward.
Performance in Simulators: Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.
We use the in-game benchmarking tools that do not allow to measure the bottom frame rate. We also enable DirectX 10.1 support for ATI’s solutions.
Quite to our surprise, the GeForce GT 220 offers an average frame rate of 26fps at 1280x1024. Considering the specs of the card and the game’s system requirements, this is a very good result. The speed occasionally bottoms out below comfortable level, but you can still try to play the game on that graphics card.
Performance in Strategy Games: BattleForge
We enable DirectX 11 support for the Radeon HD 5x00 series in this game.
Nvidia’s entry-level products are no good for BattleForge but the Radeon HD 4670 is not much better, either. You need something faster, like a Radeon HD 4770 or better, for playing this game.
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