Although Nvidia released its 40nm chips for desktop PCs simultaneously, their positioning and impressions they leave differ greatly if you consider them as solutions for HTPCs.
The Nvidia GeForce GT 220 boasts a very high quality of DVD and Blu-ray playback and effectively offloads the CPU when decoding video. The graphics card is modern enough and is compatible with video transcoding software, which is a nice bonus for people who want to watch video on devices other than the PC. We hope Nvidia’s partners will release a GeForce GT 220 with passive cooling system because an active cooler is not a good choice for an HTPC.
The Nvidia GeForce 210 with the current driver, on the contrary, cannot be recommended even as a replacement for an integrated graphics core. The new card cannot play Blu-ray and DVD with high enough quality and does not support GPGPU/CUDA technologies (which means it cannot be used for video transcoding). Purchasing a GeForce 210 will only make sense if you can’t find a GeForce GT 220 or Radeon HD 4500/4600 and you have a PC with a weak CPU and a Blu-ray drive. In fact, the advantages of the 210 model are limited to hardware decoding of HD video and to the physical ability to output video content on a display device.