ECS Geforce GT 240 ReviewRHKCommander959 - February 9, 2010
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GT 240s can be fitted with either 512MB or 1GB of memory in either GDDR3 or GDDR5. The core is built on 40nm technology, so the die costs less to make and more can be fitted onto each wafer, making the cost to nVidia lower; the chips should be more heat and energy efficient as well. The ECS GT 240 is built on a blue PCB and the GPU core is cooled by an Arctic Cooling heatsink that consumes most of the card's length. The heatsink is an Accelero L2 Pro and operates very quietly with its 92mm PWM fan. The heatsink is mounted with MX-2 and is rated for up to 100 Watts of cooling. No SLI connectors are available on this board to reduce costs and because nVidia doesn't support it this round for these graphics cards and suggests upgrading to a more powerful card for SLI. The card should work well as a PhysX card though. Flipping it over we find that there is no backplate and that there are no empty solder joints for auxiliary power. The heatsink must have been designed to compensate for PCB bending during mounting, and all of the memory lies underneath the heatsink.
The ECS GT 240 has DVI, VGA, and HDMI connections mounted through a single slot expansion bracket. The heatsink with fan installed requires the space of a second slot to fit. The backside of the graphics card is clean and empty, no auxiliary power needed. Fin spacing isn't so dense but the fins are thick so the fan can run slower and still allow the heatsink to dissipate heat well. The fan shroud clips on.
The side of the heatsink is notched to allow some air flow through to the PCB to cool things like the memory mounted underneath. No SLI connections are present because nVidia does not support the technology with these cards, partially to save on cost. The heatsink is shaped to dodge the capacitors. The slot-side shows the manufacturing date of the heatsink. Two of the memory ICs can be spied hiding under the larger overhang on the back side, they are also cooled by the 92mm fan. The fan connector can be seen under the front-side of the video card. The fan shroud/housing attaches with four clips.
Lets get it installed and throw some drivers in!