The nVidia GT 220 is a budget graphics card that aims to deliver the best gaming and HD video playback in its low price range.
The card itself:
The card is very small in comparison to the monsters of video cards you see being sold today. It features a very small fan and some models even exclude this completely and just have a heatsink. Because of this it is a single slot card.
This card seems to perform extremely well in my PC (Intel Q8300 and 6gb ram) on all the latest titles. A majority of the time it copes with playing on "High" but sometimes it struggles a bit so the graphics have to be adjusted to Medium. An example of a couple of games that perform well are ArmA II (All High - 1280x1024) and Burnout Paradise (Max Settings - 1280x1024).
In May this year the graphics card overheated severely causing blackouts and shutdowns. It was "repaired" under warranty but it did not fix the problem, so it eventually had to be replaced. The worrying thing is that it seems to be a common problem with a batch of GT220's. However in my experience it seems to have been rectified in the newer revisions of the cards design.
Power Consumption and Cooling:
The graphics card is able to run on the most basic of power supplies (mine is 250w) without causing stress to the power supply. It has a fairly decent idle temperature of around 40c and a good running temperature of around 65c. (this is on a pc without any fans!)
The PNY Geforce GT 220 is a nvidia card that sure gives you a lot more than what you paid for it. The card clocks in at just under sixty pounds, and for the specs, that's absolutely incredible. This card packs a high definition processor, a gigabyte of video memory, and is nvidia physx ready. In my tests, this card gave me some decent performance, even running crisis at medium to high settings. Upon investigation, however, I found that the main bottleneck of the card appears to be the puny 625MhZ processor, which significantly limits the processing power of the card, meaning you won't be able to experience many of the newer games at tip top quality and resolutions. Still, if you're on a budget and don't want to splash out for a top range card, this nvidia beauty still packs enough of a punch to see you through to the next payday.