Zotac GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition Review - HotHardware

Zotac GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition Review

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NVIDIA is launching a new mainstream graphics card today, aimed squarely at consumers in the market for a relatively low-cost upgrade from an integrated graphics solution or older entry-level GPU. The new GeForce GT 240, features a GPU outfitted with 96 processor cores, 8 ROP units, and 32 texture filtering units. In addition, the GT 240 GPU is manufactured using a 40nm process, it features a GDDR5 memory controller (that's also compatible with GDDR3), and unlike NVIDIA's current high-end GPUs, the GT 240 is DirectX 10.1 compatible.

Although its specifications aren't terribly high-end in light of NVIDIA's more powerful GeForces, the GT 240 is actually more advanced than its counterparts in a number of respects. The GeForce GT 240's full list of specifications are below, followed by some images of the first retail-ready GT 240 to arrive in the lab, which came by way of Zotac...


Zotac's GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition

NVIDIA GeForce GT 240
Specifications and Features


As you can see in the list above, NVIDIA's reference specifications for the GeForce GT 240 call for a 550MHz GPU clock, with shaders clocked at 1360MHz, and either GDDR3 memory clocked at 1GHz or GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.7GHz. At those specifications, the card offers peak textured fillrate of 17.6GTexels/s with 32GB/s (GDDR3) or 54.4GB/s (GDDR5). Also note the total board power, which is nice and low. Idle power of the GT 240 is rated at only 9 watts and peak power is only 70 watts. As such, the GeForce GT 240 doesn't require any supplimentel power.

  

  

   
Zotac's GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition

The Zotac GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition we received for testing is somewhat of an upgrade from NVIDIA's reference design. Zotac's offering sports a 600MHz core, with 1460MHz shaders, and 512MB of 2000MHz GDDR5 memory (4000MHz effective).  The cooler on the card is is relatively large and covers the GPU and memory on the front side of the card, with a cooling fan right in middle. It is only a single-slot solution and proved to be relatively quiet during testing.  Outputs on the card consist of single HDMI, VGA, and dual-link DVI outputs, of which two can be used simultaneously.

Zotac's bundle for their GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition consists of user's and quick-installation guides, a placard listing offers for a number of CUDA-accelerated applications like Badaboom abd vReveal, a driver CD, case badge, an HDMI-to-DVI adapter, and even a pair of 3D glasses.

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I was really confused why you guys thought the card was so good, until I realized how much it will cost.  Despite those numbers, I don't see why you wouldn't buy a 9800gtx or something around there.  You'd get better performance, however that HD out is a nice feature.  Regardless, this seems like a solid card for an HTPC.

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mentaldisorder, even at $100, the performance is very mediocre. For this price you can get a ATI 4770, a GT 250.

An extra $30-40 will get you a GTX 260/4850 on sale.

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I was hoping the GT 240 would be 8800GT/9800GT performance.  Nope, it is weaker.  Nvidia's own low-power 9800GT retails for less than this and is faster...

The whole GT 2xx line is utter slow performance, overpriced crap.  ATi offers higher performing, and also in low power, alternatives for cheaper.

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I agree with your first couple of statements. But I do think the GTX 260 and GTX 280 M are the best cards available in their price category.

I wouldn't say scrap the entire line...just anything lower than a GT 250.

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That is what I meant - anything with a GT in it which is 240, 220, 210.

GTS 250 and GTX 260 are fast cards, if priced a tad bit higher than ATi counterparts.  Nothing wrong with anything GTS 250 and above.  But below is really embarrassingly low performance for the price paid.

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I'm pretty sure that I said that you'd get more for your money by using a 9800GTX or similar card. They are around the $100 mark...

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lately I'm conflicted. I've been buying Radeon Cards for about three years because of the price/performance factor. My last Radeon purchase was a 4870 1GB card that still performs quite well and was a heck of a lot less money than what you could buy a high end NVIDIA driven card for. NVIDIA always seemed to manage to market the very fastest card out there, but for a large price premium too.

My new core i7 system came with a EVGA 2GB GTX285 card in it that just friggin' rocks. So while my frugal side says that cheaper is better, and good enough, my gaming side is saying "Spend the extra money, dummy!"

This GeForce GT 240 is a non starter just because of the price point. Most of us know how to compare prices nowadays.

 

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