Asus GT240 1GB ReviewRHKCommander959 - May 18, 2010
Category: Video Cards
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Nvidia has finally released the GTX 480 and other cards in the 400 series family – skipping over the 300 naming scheme. GT 240's and similar still trickle out from manufacturers, though. Based on the G92 architecture, it is essentially a modern 8800. GT 240's are proving to be great PhysX and Folding@Home graphics cards, provide DirectX 10.1 inexpensively, and do not require auxiliary power in either 6-pin or 8-pin PCI Express formats, as they run solely off of the PCI Express slot they are installed in. ASUS has provided another GT 240 with 1GB of GDDR5 clocked at 1700 MHz, with the GPU clock at 550 MHz and shaders at 1340 MHz The shader speed is very low on GT 240's and should have a decent amount of overclocking headroom. The memory BUS is 128bit and memory bandwidth speed is balanced with the GDDR5, which is cheaper per IC than GDDR3 and more efficient, and the smaller memory BUS means that the graphics card is all around more cost efficient – a smart move by Nvidia. The GT 240 can support DVI, VGA, and HDMI output – most users will not need an adapter to use the graphics card immediately.
The GT 240 is not SLI compatible, except for the SLI + PhysX mode where this graphics card can be used for PhysX processing solely. Most have overclocking headroom to spare and provide great PhysX processing power, if used on their own they do decently, but don't expect high-end gaming out of this card. If used for the right purpose they can be great graphics cards, though.
The box has an Orc creature prominently in the center, with a badge and bold World of Warcraft logo to the right that shows off the “exclusive” gifts from ASUS – a free World of Warcraft 14-day trial and a door hanger similar to the ones that other companies provide, except this one is all about WoW and not the card. The 14-day free trial is also available for free from Blizzard directly as a 10-day free trial. The left side has ASUS company logo at the top left and ENGT240 at the bottom left with supported features such as Nvidia PhysX and CUDA. Turning to the back side shows some basic features and specifications, and at the bottom, the recommended system requirements.
The side has another ASUS logo and ENGT240, 1GB GDDR5, and a sticker with the part and serial number, UPC, and other numbers. Opening up the box we find the graphics card is protected in the standard anti-static bag. Other than the graphics card, the box includes a “I'm raiding, leave me alone” door hanger, driver disk, manual on a disk, and a quick guide manual to setting up the card. Personally I wouldn't put the door tag up, but maybe some WoW fans would – looks like a decent door hanger, I suppose.
Time to examine the graphics card!