Before bringing this article to a close, we'd like to cover a few final data points--namely power consumption and noise. Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power our test system was consuming using a power meter. Our goal was to give you all an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling and while under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the graphics cards alone.
NVIDIA claims the GeForce GT 240 is a low-power solution, and they are correct. The Zotac GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition consumed far less power than any of the reference cards, whether under idle or load conditions.
We should also note that the Zotac GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition was virtually silent throughout testing. At no point during our benchmark session did the cooling fan spin up to a point that was audible over the other system components.