Asus GT240 1GB ReviewRHKCommander959 - May 18, 2010
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Nvidia has a few different options available for configuring the GT 240 cards - either 512MB or 1GB of graphics memory are available size options in both GDDR3 and GDDR5 IC flavors. All circuit boards have been the same length so far and most, if not all of them, come with DVI, VGA, and HDMI output mounted. The board does not feature SLI connections, as the GT 240 series does not support SLI - these cards can however be used in a SLI+PhysX environment where the GT 240 would serve as a PhysX processor. Another missing feature is the lack of auxiliary power connections - these cards draw all of their power through the PCI Express slot, which is rated for 75 Watts and goes to show that these cards have low energy requirements. The lower power requirements stem from the carefully designed operating speeds of the core and memory - 550 MHz core, 1340 MHz shader, and 1700 MHz memory and when combined with a refined circuit board and die shrink, produces a card capable of running off the PCI Express slot power output. The heat sink is reminiscent of ASUS Gladiator heat sinks equipped on other graphics cards that they produce, and is similar in size to the Arctic Cooling Accelero L2 Pro that was mounted on the GT 240 from ECS that I reviewed earlier this year. The fan used only has two wires, so RPM sensing is impossible. Flipping to the back side we see no back plate which is typical for GT 240's, and a clean and relatively empty back side, although there are a few globs of electronics in the usual places - mainly behind the core. Four memory IC's are on each side - the four on the top are hidden by the heat sink, while the rear ones are all exposed.
The ASUS GT 240 supports the most common visual output standards - DVI, VGA, and HDMI. Personally I prefer dual DVI, because an adapter to VGA can be had for cheap if necessary. Adapters to convert VGA to DVI do exist though, but are less available and do not provide full functionality. The heat sink hovers over small capacitors and four of the eight memory chips. Even the top side is fairly barren of electronics, except for the microelectronics. The heat sink uses standoffs similar to the ones used for motherboards in computer cases to bolt to the graphics card and when combined with the thick base, provides the clearance over the small capacitors and other electronics.
Time to take a peek at drivers and software!