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Gainward GeForce GT 240 Review

By Jos · 54 replies
Dec 1, 2009
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  1. Decimae

    Decimae TS Rookie Posts: 78

    @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.
  2. Se7enVII

    Se7enVII TS Rookie Posts: 49

    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.
  3. ken777

    ken777 TS Rookie Posts: 103

    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.
  4. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    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.
  5. manintech

    manintech TS Rookie Posts: 46

    What's happening to nvidia? they are losing both high-end and low-end to AMD
  6. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    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 :(
  7. lfg18

    lfg18 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    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.
  8. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,335   +138

    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.
  9. UT66

    UT66 TS Rookie Posts: 143

    Overpriced. Late. Unupdated. i want 2!
  10. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    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
  11. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,350   +292

    I, too, wonder what the folks at nVidia are thinking. Are they just trying to throw their old inventory out the door and hope *****s 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.
  12. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,267   +895

    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.
  13. alexandrionel

    alexandrionel TS Enthusiast Posts: 94

    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 :)).
  14. 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.
  15. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,836   +1,961

    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.
  16. aSilva

    aSilva TS Rookie

    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..
  17. DarKSeeD

    DarKSeeD TS Booster Posts: 95

    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? :D 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.
  18. 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.
  19. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    ??? you can get a very high quality PSU that will run the 5750 ( and the like) for $50.00
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    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.
  25. 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...

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