Gainward GeForce GT 240 Review

By on December 1, 2009, 12:25 AM
Last October Nvidia released a brand new graphics card aimed at the budget market, the GeForce GT 220, and unlike the shady GTS 250 this was actually a new product that deserved to be part of the 200 series. Built using a last generation manufacturing process and given the codename GT216, you'd be forgiven to be unaware of all this, as the 40nm GeForce GT 220 turned out to be a dud.

In terms of performance we were disappointed to find the theoretical bandwidth of 25.3GB/s placed this card alongside the old GeForce 9500 GT. Not everyone can afford a high-end graphics card, of course, so we welcomed the addition for the sake of competition. But this is where things got even more ridiculous, as Nvidia decided to slap an $80 price tag on the GT 220, even when the far superior Radeon HD 4670 from ATI had been retailing for less for quite some time.


Prices have dropped slightly since then, but our opinion on it hasn't changed much. Needless to say our expectations for the new GeForce GT 240 are underwhelming, but that's not to say we won't give it a fair go. The card is said to be considerably more powerful than the GT 220, though in terms of performance it should still sit well below the GeForce 9800 GT. We really hope the tweaked version from Gainward that we are reviewing today can surprise us, so let's move on to check it out in more detail.

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saintbodhisatva said:

if the GT 240 were priced at $80 like the GT 220 is, I'd say people would find more reason to look its way. It might also make a good buy for dedicated folding rigs.

freedomthinker said:

This kinda a waste of money

Rapidhic said:

@freedomthinker I agree why not give some more money to buy sth better than this lite ver. of a new graphic card..

Razerblade said:

For a budget card it looks pretty good, but i think it would be better to save up and buy a better card which will give you much better performance!

dellz said:

Totally useless card , imo if your going to buy a gfx card you wont be bummed out for paying 20 - 30 dollars more , i would definetly go for the hd4850 rather than this crap that nvidia is sprayng on to the not so smart it crowd.

harby said:

What a dud, nVidia just won't learn. Seriously, this should be priced at $60, not $100. Wake up nV before its too late.

yorro said:

Too bad that 4xxx series are still far too superior, the sad part is that this GTX240 is new.

BlackIrish said:

I saw the review, and yeah, the card is underwhelming. The point is, if anyone is buying a card for gaming, why don't you just pay some $50-60 more, and buy a card that is from a totally different class? It's like people change graphic cards every month :p

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

razerblade said:

For a budget card it looks pretty good, but i think it would be better to save up and buy a better card which will give you much better performance!

Did you read? Better cards are there for less money!

This has turned from marketting strategies to direct rip offs.

fref said:

I wish nVidia would stop releasing cards that are similar in terms of performance to what's already available on the market and concentrate on releasing their next generation Fermi cards instead.

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

lets hope nVidia gets their 300 series cards to market soon and that they don't have the supply issues ATI currently does.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

@Compdata: They already released the first 300 series card, and ripp ooooff.

@Fref: I'm starting to think Fermi cards are just something they imagined :P

bonboy said:

i wonder why nvidia launch this card, while ati focused on new dx 11 cards ,

i hope nvida could compete ati in performance and price

Decimae said:

@Kibaruk: That makes me think that too.

From all these bad cards nvidia launches, I keep getting the feeling that they're dying.

PNagy said:

It doesn't make sense for me to make vga cards like this one except for silent itx pc. Anyway is it silence at all?

ColdPreacher said:

PNagy said:

It doesn't make sense for me to make vga cards like this one except for silent itx pc. Anyway is it silence at all?

not with a fan it is.

Guest said:

The first Wolfenstein graph is highlighting the incorrect GPU.

Regenweald said:

This is not the first time I have read of rebranding and marketing spin by nvidia. I'm looking forward to their products for first qtr '10, but I have to say, their retail antics don't really inspire brand confidence.

IvanAwfulitch IvanAwfulitch said:

The gtx 260 is far superior. There's really no reason to dip below the gtx 260 for reasons other than price-point. For about 200 bucks or less, the performance you get out of the 260 is still so sky-high that it can be a substitute for some of the newer 270 or 280 models.

TorturedChaos, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

considering it comes in way below the 9800gt, and I got mine for about the same price this card is, that's really sad. I really cannot understand why NVidia even released this card.

Chazz said:

I find it funny how a lot of you are bashing nvidea for shady tactics, but at the same time you are awaiting their fermi cards. If they're so immoral..what does it make you?

Nirkon said:

This card would only make sense if it was price a whole lot cheaper!

ATI takes the ball again with this one.

ryan29121 said:

Nvidia does this way too often. Instead of releasing a new card completely, with new technology, they release dozens of cards that vary slightly in performance and price. Nvidia has been marketing the 200 series for about 15 months now. Come on!

Sixrealms said:

I just have a question, is the Radeon HD 4670 better than the 4770?

Decimae said:

@IvanAwfulitch You looked at the benchmarks? Or are you living in the past? The ATI Radeon HD 4890, 5850, 5870 and 5970 and the Nvidia Geforce GTX 275, 285 and 295 are all better. And the Radeon HD 4870 is a bit worse, though 25 bucks bit cheaper, too.

@sixrealms: The 4770 is most of the times best.

Se7enVII said:

Nvidia seems to be jumping the gun lately. They just re-release cards that aren't too much different from each other with different names and expect people to purchase them. I'd say getting a Radeon HD 4770, 4850, 4870, or any 5000 series Radeon card is the best bet right now due to price/performance. Anyone that wants a Nvidia card should just wait until the GT300 cards come out.

ken777 said:

When you can get a 9800 gt for the same price, this card just makes no sense. All these low end Nvidia cards need a 25% price cut.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

Meh, this looks like just a marginally less-of-a-dud card than the GT 220. I'd say this would really only be good for a PhysX card, but my GTX 260 is going to be that for me when I get a Fermi card.

manintech said:

What's happening to nvidia? they are losing both high-end and low-end to AMD

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

wow nvidia way to make a card that no sane person will buy i mean look at that weak performance lol even 2 year old cards are better and even alot lower priced cards can beat this piece of trash its a shame that nvidia has come to what they are now

lfg18 said:

It's just another old card with new name from NVIDIA, I am waiting to see what they are going to throw at ATI's 5970. i think the card is not worth it, there are lots of better options at a similar price tag, I hope nobody get fooled with this card.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Nice comprehensive benchmarks. I always appreciate that older cards like the 3850 are included, since this helps people who upgrade across generations.

Strange that the card's performance varies so much. Sometimes it's below the 9600 and even the 4670, and at other times it's considerably faster than them.

UT66 said:

Overpriced. Late. Unupdated. i want 2!

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Maybe nvidia should stop development on cards like these and instead focus on their Fermis and drop the price of their 260/275/285s. I wonder what percentage of the market they are actually targeting with this card? Can't be very high

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I, too, wonder what the folks at nVidia are thinking. Are they just trying to throw their old inventory out the door and hope ****** see their brand logo on the box and buy it without doing any research? This type of tactic has been pretty common for them in the last few years, and I really just don't understand it. I used to admittedly be a big nVidia fanboy, they were always my exclusive choice for vid cards, but in recent years I've found myself using ATi more and more. When I build my new gaming rig in a few months, it'll definitely be running one of the new 5xxx series cards.

I guess I can understand people saying this would be an ok card to run PhysX, but why would you want to bother when you can use an even cheaper card to do the same job? Well, other than the power sipping efficiency, I can see how that is a boon with this card, and really one of the only saving graces. I mean, I don't even see any SLI options on this card, which might have allowed it to be a bit more competitive in a paired configuration, if the power draw could stay low and the performance surpass some of the $200 range single card options... I just really don't get it.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Sadly Vrmithrax, most of the population in terms of computers and hardware are uneducated, most will buy branded computers on a store because they think that one "unbranded" will blow eventually, and how would they have any guaranty.

To that, add the "hey! this is new it must be better than that old one that is a bit more expensive, hey dad lets buy this one the numbers are bigger here".

Yesterday, on class my teacher told me how he bought a new branded computer, then I told him to return that and showed to him a budget for a computer I could build that was twice as powerful and a quarter less in price. Sadly he threw all the boxes away and couldn't return it on that state.

Most of people are not educated on this subjects, but everytime there is a bit more knowledge.

alexandrionel said:

I really cannot understand what nvidia is trying to do. I mean I don't see them launch a card to compete with anything from ATI. It is like the guys from Nvidia live in a different time lime than the ones from ATI, like a few months in the past ).

Guest said:

I think you are missing the point of this card. It is not meant as a top end gaming card (hence no SLI) but instead a mainstream card for non-gamers who may want some GPU acceleration. As such the card does its job and is priced between 4670 & 4770 (UK prices) where it should be, its horses for courses. NVIDIA is losing to ATI at the top end and so this is the only segment they can currently compete in. This is just a cheaper version of the GeForce 9600.

Before anyone says no I am not an NVIDIA fanboy, I have an HD4850 and never owned an NVIDIA card but am an agnostic on the red/green issue.

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Steve Steve said:

I think you are missing the point of this card. It is not meant as a top end gaming card (hence no SLI) but instead a mainstream card for non-gamers who may want some GPU acceleration. As such the card does its job and is priced between 4670 & 4770 (UK prices) where it should be, its horses for courses. NVIDIA is losing to ATI at the top end and so this is the only segment they can currently compete in. This is just a cheaper version of the GeForce 9600.

Before anyone says no I am not an NVIDIA fanboy, I have an HD4850 and never owned an NVIDIA card but am an agnostic on the red/green issue.

No its now the same price as the GeForce 9600 GT at about $90 and Newegg.com has no cards that are cheaper than this. There are on the other hand quite a few 9600 GT cards selling for just $80.

Having said that I think you are correct we are missing the point of this card, I think I even said that in the review. It is sad to think Nvidia will sell just one of these cards to a poor unsuspecting buyer, but two for SLI! I think they knew where to draw the line and that is the only reason for the lack of SLI.

Still I see no reason why the GeForce GT 240 exists. When ever AMD/ATI release a new low-end/mid-range product such as they did with the Radeon HD 4770 they do so at a price tag that makes it hard to refuse. For $100 you can keep your GeForce GT 240 and even at $80 we are still not tempted.

aSilva said:

just wait for after holidays for price to drop... or if you want to wait a little more until the new nvidia GPU come out prices from all other cards will plummet... november '1st had hd5850 for 259$ today you cant find one under 300$... too high demand = they raise prices..

DarKSeeD DarKSeeD said:

I'm still puzzled why Nvidia still insists on releasing overpriced cards with lower performance than older cards. I mean, do they think nobody is gonna read the reviews and rush and purchase the card like it's the last card on earth? Re-branding is also another misleading thing but seems to be working in many cases. Why should I buy a 9800 series card when the GT250 is out? C'mon, when they will stop all this nonsense?

Ati already showed what the 5xxx series can do now it's time for Nvidia to come up with an ace.

Competition is good as long as either sides are not trying to deceive the customer.

Guest said:

the problem is that when you say you can pay $30 or $40 and get a radeon 5750 or something you usually end up paying at least $75 for a power supply that can handle the 5750 etc.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

the problem is that when you say you can pay $30 or $40 and get a radeon 5750 or something you usually end up paying at least $75 for a power supply that can handle the 5750 etc.

??? you can get a very high quality PSU that will run the 5750 ( and the like) for $50.00

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Guest said:

Actually. I think this may be the best card available for my situation. And that is a shuttle XPC that couldn't even squeeze in the 8800GT.

I'm currently using a 8600GT (I know.. I know..) which is the largest card that can fit and I'm struggling to find an upgrade. You guys should do a 'Best Compact Graphics Card' article.

Guest said:

I own several cards at the moment because I am building some custom rigs for a few people, among the cards I'm tinkering with now is ATI 4650 1GB DDR2, ATI 4670 1GB DDR2, ATI 3850 512 MB (256bit) DDR3, and a GT 240 1GB DDR3, I have overclocked all of them to their max capabilities the 4650 & 4670 are practically the same exact card o/c to 800MHz core 1066 MHz memory, the 3850 even though has a 256 bit bus still is 2 generations old and even in their hay day wasn't all that good of a card. But the GT 240, i wish was the DDR5 version, still I was able to go from stock 550/1348/750 to 675/1800/925 which was an amazing overclock! At those speeds I benched and tested that card, at simply killed the 9800GT & the 4770!

System: Modified DELL Inspiron 530

CPU: Intel E3300 OC @ 3.33GHz - 1.25v

Motherboard: Foxxcon G33

Memory 2x 1GB PC2-6400 Crucial 4-4-4-12

Graphics Card: GeForce GTS 240 OC 675/1800/975

Hard Drive 3X Western Digital 7200rpm 16MB cache 320GB SATA-II/300

Sound System: Antec Lansing P401 400w 5.1 Sound

PSU: Antec Earthwatts 500w

Stock Case from DELL

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Sharp 22" 1080p TV & PC Monitor

Guest said:

it is a very good card considering there is not requirement for a power connection other than the pci-e lane. most of the other cards being compared to it require an other power connection. This is a good card for someone who can not get a 9600gt or a 9800gt because they cant power them.

Guest said:

I've an HP desktop, with a small PSU and low profile slots, Whose on board graphics need improving - It's between the DDR3 GT 240 and the HD 5570 from ATI because as far as I'm aware they are the best cards I can get in the UK as low profile and low power.

So which is better - a GT 240 or the HD 5570?

shame I've not been able to find a low profile DDR5 GT 240 in the UK?

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

The 240 has the performance edge , unless DX 11 is an important feature to you. however the 5570 is not really powerful enough to take advantage of DX 11 features. in short the 240 GT would suit you better.

Guest said:

I think "size" is the reason why nVidia came up with this model. I'm looking to buy a small computer for gaming and home theatre. Shuttle XPC looks like the only small gaming computer out there, and GT 240 is on their option list.

I hope this card is good enough for Dead Rising 2. There will be thousands of zombies on screen...

Guest said:

The GT 210 has 16 processor cores, the 220 has 48, the 240 has 96 and the 260 has 192 to 216. Nvidia cards support CUDA that allows the graphic processors to be used for parallel processing. Also, the 200 series come with an HDMI port for a one-cable audio and video connection to HDTV's. The GT 240 on sale is a good starter card for CUDA data processing or using with a Linux OS like Element to convert an old PC into a home theater PC (HTPC) box with an HDMI cable port.

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