Customer Reviews: Evga Geforce 210 Đánh Giá, Evga Geforce 210 Review

Since NVIDIA did not skết thúc out reviews samples for the G(T) 200 series last year, we’ve sầu been slowly building up our database of results as cards have sầu arrived from the vendors themselves. We saw the GT 2trăng tròn late last year, & last month we finally saw the GT 240. Thanks to lớn MSI, today we’ll be looking at the final thẻ in the (G)T 200 series: the GeForce 210. The specific card we’re looking at is MSI’s N210-MD512H.

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9600GT GT 220 9500GT
G 210
Stream Processors 64 48 32 16 16
Texture Address / Filtering 32 / 32 16 / 16 16 / 16 8 / 8 8 / 8
ROPs 16 8 8 4 4
Vi xử lý Core Clock 650MHz 625MHz 550MHz 550MHz 589MHz
Shader Clock 1625MHz 1360MHz 1400MHz 1400MHz 1402MHz
Memory Clock 900MHz (1800MHz effective) GDDR3 900MHz (1800MHz effective) GDDR3 400MHz (800MHz effective) DDR2 400MHz (800MHz effective) DDR2 500MHz (1000Mhz effective) DDR2
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 64-bit
Frame Buffer 512MB 512MB 512MB 512MB 512MB
Transistor Count 505M 486M 314M 314M 260M
Manufacturing Process TSMC 55nm TSMC 40nm TSMC 55nm TSMC 55nm TSMC 40nm
Price Point $69-$85 $69-$79 $45-$60 $40-60 $30-$50

Like the GT 220, the G210 started life over the summer as an OEM-only card, earning its wings for a public launch in October along-side the GT 220. G210 is based on GT218, the smallest member of NVIDIA’s DirectX 10.1 GPU lineup, built out of 260M transistors and measuring a mere 57mmét vuông on TSMC’s 40nm process. As a hàng hóa it replaces NVIDIA’s similar 9400GT, while in terms of pricing it replaces the slower 8400 GS.


Coupled with the GT218 GPU on the G210 is 512MB of DDR2 RAM, using the customary 64bit memory bus. Interestingly, unlượt thích most other entry-cấp độ products, the G210 only comes in 1 memory configuration: 512MB. Even more interesting are the DDR2 chips on our MSI card – 4 chips we can’t identify bearing the ATI logo.


Since the G210 is intended to replace the 9400GT, the GPU configuration is basically the same, composed of 16 SPs, 8 TMUs, and 4 ROPs. The clocks are 589MHz for the core, 1402MHz for the shaders, và 500MHz (1000MHz effective) for the RAM. Compared to lớn the GT 220, this gives the G210 around 30% of the shader power, một nửa the texture and ROPhường power, and 27% of the memory bandwidth. All of this consumes 30W under load, & less than 7W when idling.

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The G210 is a low-protệp tin thẻ, the only reference thẻ to lớn be that way out of NVIDIA’s entire 200-series lineup. NVIDIA’s reference thiết kế (not that anyone quite uses it) is a single-slot card with a similarly wide active sầu cooler. For our MSI thẻ, MSI has forgone that for a passive sầu kiến thiết, using a single double-wide heatsink. Most G210 cards bởi use some form of an active sầu cooler, so MSI’s N210 is fairly quality in that regard.

Since the G210 is a low-protệp tin card, the port configurations are as expected: 1 DVI, 1 HDMI or DisplayPort, and then the detachable VGA port. In the case of MSI"s thẻ, they have gone with an HDMI port as the second digital port, while the card VGA port can be used on a full-profile bracket or a second bracket in a low-profile case.


Finally, in terms of pricing, the G210 is the ultimate budget card. With the MSI thẻ going for only $30 after rebate, it’s for all practical purposes as cheap as a video clip card can get. Even the DDR2 version of the Radeon HD 5450 we reviewed last week goes for nearly một nửa more. In terms of pricing this makes its competitors the GeForce 8400GS and the DDR2-based Radeon HD 4350, the latter of which is also its closest competitor to lớn in terms of feature parity. It goes without saying that this is the ultimate entry-level thẻ, and performs accordingly.

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