AMD Radeon HD 8470D vs NVIDIA GeForce GT 220
Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.
General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.
APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.
Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.
This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.
Rendering quality tests
Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
HD 8470D satisfies 63% minimum and 54% recommended requirements of all games known to us.
GT 220 satisfies 61% minimum and 52% recommended requirements of all games known to us.
Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:
Competitors of Radeon HD 8470D from NVIDIA
We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 8470D from NVIDIA is GeForce 9600 GSO, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.
Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 8470D:
Competitors of GeForce GT 220 from AMD
We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GT 220 from AMD is Radeon HD 4650 AGP, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our rating.
Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GT 220:
Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 8470D
74.4% faster (about 1.5 times) in synthetic tests
Much newer (5 June 2013 vs 12 October 2009)
More pipelines (128 vs 48)
Finer manufacturing process technology (32 vs 40 nm)
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GT 220
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
So, which one is the better GPU?
Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon HD 8470D, since it shows better performance.
Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.
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