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Galaxy GeForce 210 and GT 220 Review - NVIDIA 40nm GPUs hit consumers

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: Galaxy

Galaxy GeForce 210 and GT220 Graphics Cards

The GeForce 210 seen above is a half-height card that provides a good set of connections without the need for any type of external power.

Here you can see the 210 compared to the GeForce 9800 GTX+ card - obviously you are getting some dramatic performance and heat differences between these two cards. 

The fan on the GeForce 210 is small but rotates at a pretty high speed to keep things cool and thus creates a bit more noise that we would have liked.  The sound is not unreasonable, though the GT 220's is a bit better.

The external connections include a legacy VGA , a dual-link DVI output and an HDMI connection. 
The die of the GT218 is incredibly small and should result in a much higher profit margin for NVIDIA and its partners than previous GPUs in this price segment.

The GeForce GT 220 is a slightly larger card with a bigger fan and heatsink on it to cool the slightly more powerful GPU. 

As I said before, the fan on the GT 220 is a bit quieter than the one on the GeForce 210 due to its larger size.  This card also does not require an external power connection - great news for low cost system upgraders. 

The external connections are the same here: single VGA, single dual-link DVI and an HDMI connection.

Here you can see the chip of the GT 220 graphics card - pretty dang small compared to previous options from NVIDIA. 

And finally, just to make sure we are fair, here is the GeForce GT 220 compared to the same 9800 GTX+ as seen above.  Now let's get to how these cards perform.

May 5, 2011 | 05:28 PM - Posted by patrick (not verified)

i just bought a geforce 210 nvidia graphic card and i think it is a pirated from zotac,their web site is and their card is zotac geforce 210 with nvidia trade mark on it making it to look like nvidia card. the card is not good as it does not posses the openGL it clam and does not support adobe after effect cs3 openGL

June 20, 2011 | 10:01 PM - Posted by Steve-o (not verified)


First of all, Zotac is a fully licensed maker of nVidia cards. nVidia does not make their own cards, they sell chips to card makers like Zotac, EVGA, XFX, MSi, Galaxy, etc.

Second, if you are only running the drivers that came with the card on a CD (or worse, the ones included by Microsoft with Windows), you probably just need to download and install the latest drivers from the nVidia website to make sure OpenGL is there and up to date.

I bet that will get things going for you. Good luck!

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June 6, 2011 | 05:46 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

After my card on Dimension E521 died, (256mb) nvid card. I ran to best buy and got this card for around $70 about a year ago. It has been a very good card so far and actually I have not seen the real performance from this card yet. My Dell desktop is AMD Athlon 64x2 3800+ 2.0ghz. My gaming laptop refused to restart last motnh so I've had to go back to this comp. I ordered another gb ram bringin it to 3. I also found a cpu upgrade in the same Amd family and am awaiting its arrival. Amd 64x2 5300+ 2.7ghz dualcore. I am confident that it will be like a brand new computer in terms of performance...

I would highly recommend this card for people with similar circumstances as myself. If you can upgrade your vid card, consider this one. HDMI ready.... cant ask for much more than that for $70

June 6, 2011 | 05:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

edit.. I forgot to state the specific model of the card:

Galaxy GeForce Gt220 1GB 128 bit DDR2 HDMI+CRT+DVI
great card for the money!

October 31, 2011 | 08:30 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

will the 210 play bf3

November 4, 2011 | 10:22 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Can the 210 run Counter-Strike source and warcraft three?

November 12, 2011 | 07:50 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

can geforce 210 1gb run GTA IV smoothly i have dual core E5700 3.0ghz 2gb ram 500gb harddisk please reply

November 14, 2011 | 10:08 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

will a gt 220 play skyrim

January 9, 2012 | 04:38 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


February 23, 2012 | 12:47 AM - Posted by OMJNinja (not verified)

Actually, it can.
I get 45 FPS on Skyrim with:
GeForce 210 1GB
Pentium D @ 3.4 Ghz Dual Core
250 Gb HDD.
It's fine.

December 26, 2011 | 11:42 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

can geforce 210 run 3 monitors, i.e. vga,hdmi,dvi
with hdmi/vga and dvi/vga adapters?

August 15, 2012 | 06:05 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

can can geforce 210 run 3 monitors, i.e. vga,hdmi,dvi
with hdmi/vga and dvi/vga adapters?

March 1, 2012 | 05:39 PM - Posted by Steve-0 (not verified)

Yes skryim plays nicely on the GT 220! I love it!

March 5, 2012 | 07:29 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I recently installed Ge force 210 -1024MB-DD3-Galaxy model.
I download driver from Nvidia site.
Display is on Dell -LED 220M monitor.
I am not getting proper display and all of a sudden PC restarts and some time it hangs & slows down.
I have connected Monitor to VGA Display.
Can any one guide me what could be the reason for tripping/restart.
I have not yet connected to HDMI or Other displays yet.

November 12, 2012 | 07:04 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

through that and buy new one

May 16, 2012 | 10:36 AM - Posted by Geforce220GTuser (not verified)

You can play skyrim with these and play battle field 3 with 1280x1024 resolution. But you have to sacrifices texture to low quality. which i prefer since having good resolution = good gaming. Just try to experiment with your game option to see what suits you best. But so far gforce is a good gaming video card. But dont expect too much ^_^

May 26, 2012 | 12:24 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

youre a fuckng retard what the fuck are you going to say sacrifce shitty textures for a shitty resolution? 1280x1024 is fuckign laughable if its not 1920 by 1080 then get the fuck out fucking retard

June 1, 2012 | 09:58 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

well what a brain dead moron you are

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