Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: The Zotac GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition performed well in our testing, considering its mainstream price point. The card wasn't quite able to catch its more expensive competition, but for less than ~$100, the Zotac GeForce GT 240 AMP! Edition is a decent performer. It handled all of the games we tested at 1680x1050 and 1920x1200 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x aniso (where applicable) without issue, and nearly put up playable framerates at 2560x1600, which is no small feat for a mainstream graphics card.
The vast majority of graphics cards sold today fall into the more mainstream price segments that reside below the $200 mark. And it's in this space that GPU manufacturers move a multitude of units and bring in significant revenue. NVIDIA was in need of a mainstream update that delivered good performance, with low power consumption, at a competitive price. And the GeForce GT 240 does just that.
NVIDIA's Reference GeForce GT 240
The GeForce GT 240 isn't a world beater, but then again, it wasn't meant to be. The GeForce GT 240 is meant to sit between the more affordable GeForce GT 220 and the higher-end GeForce 9800 GT, and in that segment it does just fine. If you can afford a somewhat larger investment, we'd recommend looking into a DX11 card like the Radeon HD 5750 which outperformed the GeForce GT 240 across the board, but if you absolutely must stay under $100, the GT 240 is a solid offering that is worlds better than any integrated solution. And it would make for a great dedicated PhsyX solution too.
The GeForce GT 240 will be available immediately for under $99.