NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M vs NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M

NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M

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The GeForce GT 220M is a relabeled GeForce 9600M GT for OEM laptop sellers. It is for example used in the Medion Akoya P6620 where it uses fast GDDR3 memory. The specs and features are identical to the GeForce 9600M GT.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M

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The Nividia GeForce GT 230M is a DirectX 10.1 graphics adapter for notebooks based on the GT216 core. Because of the 48 shader cores, it should perform better than the GT 130M and due to the 40nm production process the power consumption should stay the same.

The core of the GT230M is internally called GT216 and according to Nvidia based on the current high-end desktop architecture (GTX 200 series). Furthermore, Nvidia has improved the micro-architecture for further power saving and performance increases. Therefore, the performance per shader unit should be slightly improved compared to the previous generation.

As the GeForce 9700M GTS, the GT 230M features 48 stream processors that do the work of the former dedicated pixel- and vertex-shaders. The unified shaders of Nvidia are 1-dimensional (AMD has 5-dimensional shaders which leads to the higher number of shaders).

The GeForce GT230M also supports CUDA, DirectX Compute, OpenCL, and PhysiX to use the shaders for other tasks than rendering images (like encoding videos, calculating the physics of a game or mathematical tasks). For these special tasks, the GPU can be noticeably faster than current CPUs.

The mobile graphics card has a built in video decoder called PureVideo HD with VP4. The Video Processor 4 (VP4) supports the full decoding of H.264, VC-1, and now also MPEG-4 ASP (e.g. DivX or XviD). MPEG-1 still wont be supported, but the decoding of this codec is quite trivial on a CPU.

In conjunction with a chipset from Nvidia with integrated graphics (e.g. 9400M), the GT 230M supports Hybrid-SLI (HybridPower and GeForceBoost). HybridPower is a technique to choose between the integrated and dedicated graphics core, if performance or battery runtime is needed. This works only in Windows Vista (and possibly Windows 7). Up to now the user has to use a tool to switch between the GPUs. Later Nvidia wants to switch automatically in the drivers. GeForceBoost is not supported by the G 230M because the SLI combination would not perform better.

The performance of the middle class gpu GT 230M should be somewhere between the GeForce GT130M and the 9700M GTS and below the GT 240M because of the lower clock rate. Demanding DirectX 10 games like Crysis should run fluently in medium details. Older or less demanding games should run in high detail settings and high resolutions.

Depending on the the used type of graphics memory (GDDR2, GDDR3 or perhaps even DDR2/DDR3) the performance may differ noticeably.

The power consumption of the mobile graphics card is - like the GT 130M and GT 240M - 23 Watt (TDP). Furthermore, according to Nvidia, the new improved core does only need half of the power in Idle mode.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 220MNVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GT 200M Series
GeForce GT 240M compare 48 @ 0.55 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce GT 230M 48 @ 0.5 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce GT 220M 32 @ 0.5 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce GT 240M compare 48 @ 0.55 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce GT 230M 48 @ 0.5 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce GT 220M 32 @ 0.5 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
CodenameG96MN10P-GE
ArchitectureGT2xxGT2xx
Pipelines32 - unified48 - unified
Core Speed500 MHz500 MHz
Shader Speed1250 MHz1100 MHz
Memory Speed800 MHz800 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR2, GDDR3GDDR2, GDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB1024 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 4.0DirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
Transistors314 Million
technology65 nm40 nm
Date of Announcement16.08.2009 15.06.2009
Information144mm2 die size158 Gigaflops
FeaturesDirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, HybridPower, PhysX
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.com/object/product_gef...

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 16782     avg: 18645     median: 18684 (19%)     max: 20470 Points
min: 21391     avg: 21596     median: 21595.5 (22%)     max: 21800 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 12623     avg: 13451     median: 12808 (7%)     max: 14923 Points
min: 15333     avg: 15989     median: 15514 (8%)     max: 17121 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 8051     avg: 8696     median: 8339 (12%)     max: 9699 Points
min: 10397     avg: 10689     median: 10403 (15%)     max: 11266 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
min: 6.2     avg: 6.3     median: 6.3 (79%)     max: 6.3 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
4.9 Points (62%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M → 100% n=8

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M → 132% n=8

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 800x600
GeForce GT 230M:
88.4  fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 230M:
33  fps
high 1366x768
GeForce GT 230M:
28.5  fps
Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
GeForce GT 230M:
53.3  fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 230M:
23  fps
Need for Speed Shift

Need for Speed Shift

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GT 220M:
32  fps
163%
GeForce GT 230M:
52  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 220M:
23  fps
126%
GeForce GT 230M:
29  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 220M:
14  fps
139%
GeForce GT 230M:
19.5  fps
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 220M:
86  fps
62%
GeForce GT 230M:
53  fps
ultra 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GT 220M:
16  fps
109%
GeForce GT 230M:
17.4  fps
F.E.A.R. 2

F.E.A.R. 2

2009
low 800x600
GeForce GT 230M:
94.5  fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 230M:
45.5  fps
high 1280x1024
GeForce GT 230M:
27.5  fps
Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
low 640x480
100%
GeForce GT 220M:
43.3  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 220M:
23.2  fps
Racedriver: GRID

Racedriver: GRID

2008
low 800x600
GeForce GT 230M:
67  fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 230M:
34.9  fps
high 1280x1024
GeForce GT 230M:
28  fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
GeForce GT 230M:
43.1 61.5 ~ 52 fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 230M:
27.1 34.5 ~ 31 fps
high 1024x768
GeForce GT 230M:
17 20.3 ~ 19 fps
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
GeForce GT 230M:
44.8 63 ~ 54 fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 230M:
25 34 ~ 30 fps
high 1024x768
GeForce GT 230M:
15.3 18.7 ~ 17 fps
F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

2005
low 640x480
GeForce GT 230M:
343  fps
med. 800x600
GeForce GT 230M:
159  fps
high 1024x768
GeForce GT 230M:
58  fps
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
GeForce GT 230M:
454.9  fps

Average Gaming NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M → 120%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 112%

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