As we had reported, today is Geforce GT 220’s release. Joining the party too is the Geforce G 210. Surprisingly, we are starved for reviews of what is Nvidia’s first public 40nm offering, but we have an idea of what to expect from these new products.
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we had reported, today is Geforce GT 220’s release. Joining the
party too is the Geforce G 210. Surprisingly, we are starved for reviews
of what is Nvidia’s first public 40nm offering (They are probably busy preparing for tomorrow’s HD 5700 series release), but we have an idea of
what to expect from these new products.
The G 210 is expected to retail for $44.99, exactly the same price as the passive, low-profile HD 4550. Unfortunately for the G 210, it is simple blown away in performance by the HD 4550. With the HD 4550, low-resolution gaming is possible, where the G 210 simply lags behind. For the same price, you get a much faster, noiseless,
It’s a similar story moving up to the GT 220, priced at $69 for the DDR2 version and $79 for the GDDR3 version. Once again, both are comprehensively beaten by the $69 HD 4670 (though the more expensive GDDR3 version comes close). It does use about 10W less power at load and runs cooler, but the performance difference and the price simply don’t make sense, till the price comes is cut from $79 to $59, at most. Furthermore, even Nvidia’s own 9600 GSO and 9500 GT offer better value at these price points, though we can expect these to be EOL’ed.
As it stands, we can’t think of a single reason to buy either of these new Geforce cards, unless you absolutely need both CUDA/PhysX and DX 10.1. Nvidia will probably use its PR muscle to shift these cards to casual, unaware consumers.
We can expect both these GPUs to be dead once Redwood and Cedar arrive in January 2010.
Interestingly, with the GT 220 priced at $79, the HD 5750 at $109, with the HD 4770 presumably falling to ~$85, there is clearly no room for GT 240, which will end up way slower than the HD 5750 and probably even the HD 4770. There’s no doubt about it – Nvidia must significantly slash the prices of both the G 210 and the GT 220 immediately.