Zotac GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition Review - HotHardware

Zotac GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition Review

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HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEM: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard powered by a Core i7 965 quad-core processor and 6GB of OCZ DDR3 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system BIOS and set all values to their "optimized" or "high performance" default settings. Then we manually configured the memory timings and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The hard drive was then formatted, and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete we fully updated the OS and installed the latest hotfixes, along with the necessary drivers and applications.

HotHardware's Test Systems
Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Core i7 965 (3.2GHz)

Gigabyte EX58-UD5 (X58 Express)

Radeon HD 5770
Radeon HD 5750
Zotac GeForce GT 240 AMP!
GeForce GTX 285
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

6GB OCZ DDR3-1333
Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
ATI Catalyst v9.10b
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v195.50

Benchmarks Used:

3DMark Vantage v1.0.1
Left 4 Dead*
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars v1.5*

* - Custom benchmark

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

3DMark Vantage

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which y isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10 though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, in addition to support for the latest PC hardware.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark Vantage's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1200 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

The Zotac GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition card put up some respectable numbers in 3DMark Vantage, but it didn't come close to catching the Radeon HD 5750. The more expensive cards had even larger performance advantages, of course.

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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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