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Wednesday, 16 December 2009 12:37

AXLE GT 240 and GT 220 tested - 3. AXLE GT 220

Written by Sanjin Rados


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Review: Reference clocks with non-reference Arctic Cooling










AXLE GT220 1GB GDDR3 card comes in a box similar to that of the GT240, albeit a lot smaller. The box comes with a driver CD and a short user's manual.

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Again we see Arctic Cooling logo, meaning that AXLE again decided against reference cooling. The following picture shows AXLE GT220 1GB card with dual slot cooling, which resembles one of the CPU coolers from Arctic Cooling's Alpine series.

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The cooler is pretty small, but enough to cool the GT220's GPU. We were surpised by its silent operation and its only downside would be the dual-slot width.

The GPU hits up to 40 degrees Celsius during operation, whereas idle temperatures are only at 27 degrees Celsius.

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Although GT220 can't be called a performance card, AXLE still opted on 1GB of memory. Unfortunately, most scenarios won't allow for gaming above 1280x1024, and even that requires some moderate detail settings to be playable. Still, this card isn't aimed at hardcore gaming, but rather some nice casual gaming and better Windows performance during surfing or office programs, for which it's more than capable of.


The following picture shows the card with reference cooling off, and it resembles the GT240. As we've already said, the card comes with 1024MB of GDDR3 memory. The memory interface is 128-bit and the memory runs at 790MHz (1580MHz effectively), which is enough for 25.2Gb/s bandwidth.

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The card's GPU runs at reference 625MHz and the shaders at 1360MHz. The featured outs are identical to those on AXLE GT 240 512MB GDDR5, meaning one VGA, one Dual-Link DVI and one HDMI out.

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This is a DirectX 10.1, PCI-Express 2.0 card which doesn’t require additional power connectors. The reason for this is that the card will consume only 58W under workload, whereas minimum consumption is in idle mode and ducks to as low as 7W.

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