Zotac GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition Review - HotHardware

Zotac GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition Review

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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
OpenGL Gaming Performance


Enemy Territory:
Quake Wars

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is Based on a radically enhanced version of id's Doom 3 engine and viewed by many as Battlefield 2 meets the Strogg, and then some.  In fact, we'd venture to say that id took EA's team-based warfare genre up a notch or two.  ET: Quake Wars also marks the introduction of John Carmack's "Megatexture" technology that employs large environment and terrain textures that cover vast areas of maps without the need to repeat and tile many smaller textures.  The beauty of megatexture technology is that each unit only takes up a maximum of 8MB of frame buffer memory.  Add to that HDR-like bloom lighting and leading edge shadowing effects and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars looks great, plays well and works high end graphics cards vigorously.  The game was tested with all of its in-game options set to their maximum values with soft particles enabled in addition to 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.




The more expensive cards had obvious performance advantages here, but the Zotac GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition handled ET:QW without issue. At resolutions of 1920x1200 and lower, this game is perfectly playable on NVIDIA's new mainstream part.

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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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