Performance in Semi-Synthetic Benchmarks: Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
We minimize the CPU’s influence by using the Extreme profile (1920x1200, 4x FSAA and anisotropic filtering). We also publish the results of the individual tests across all display resolutions to provide a full picture.
The GeForce 210 could not pass this test at the Extreme settings, but testing such a weak graphics card in 3DMark Vantage does not make much sense. Even the more advanced GeForce GT 220 can barely score 1000 points, falling behind both the Radeon HD 4670 and GeForce 9600 GT.
The individual tests agree that the GeForce 210 should not be tested in 3DMark Vantage because this graphics card can only yield 2-3fps at 1280x1024.
In the first test the GeForce GT 220 is almost as fast as the Radeon HD 4670 at 1920x1200 and beats the latter at the lower resolutions. It cannot repeat this feat in the second test, though.
As we had anticipated, the GeForce 210 and GeForce GT 220 can hardly be of any interest for a gamer. These graphics cards are just too slow in modern 3D games. The junior model can only run old or undemanding applications like Quake III: Arena or The Sims. The GeForce GT 220 is somewhat better. It offers a playable frame rate at low resolutions in some modern games, e.g. Left 4 Dead 2 and Fallout 3, yet it is overall inferior even to the Radeon HD 4670, let alone the more advanced products from AMD and Nvidia.
We did not have any stability or image quality issues with the tested cards during our tests.