Asus GT240 1GB ReviewRHKCommander959 - May 18, 2010
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Highly 'overclockable' and cool running, the ASUS GT 240 provided solid performance in its price group and overclocked surprisingly well for being a low to mid-range card. The high shader speed that I achieved would work great towards pumping work units out in Folding@Home and the overall performance could make this a good upgrade for computers suffering from on-board video, as it is a drop-in upgrade requiring only an open PCI Express slot. The free World of Warcraft gift bundle was entertaining to find as a gift, but on a side note, the free trial is also available directly from the WoW website, though the door hanger only comes with the ASUS GT 240!
The great operating temperatures and overclocking capability make this a great graphics card. During testing, it ran completely stable at stock and at overclocked settings once I found what the limitations were. The included accessories were more numerous than with the other GT 240's that I've reviewed, as well. The only con that immediately comes to mind, is that the free game wasn't a better game and that it was only an already free-trial. The ASUS GT 240 is not the biggest kid on the block, but offers up more than just casual gaming performance, with the ability to use many of the applications on the market that make use of CUDA to enhance the user experience with programs such as vReveal and Badaboom. Throw in the better than stock cooling and you have a lower cost, but not quite entry level card, that runs cool and overclocks to boot.
- Cool operating temperatures
- Quiet fan
- Good PhysX processor
- Great overclocking
- Compact size
- VGA port - would have been nice to have two DVI ports instead