ECS Geforce GT 240 ReviewRHKCommander959 - February 9, 2010
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After installing the video card, users will need to install drivers to properly initialize it. nVidia has drivers and extra software that can use PhysX and CUDA - two supported technologies that enable software to run faster than before for video encoding as well as other types of number crunching; Folding@Home makes good use of nVidia cards as well. Ntune can be downloaded and is added to the nVidia Control Panel to enable overclocking, fan control, as well as resolution and output quality and control through the standard nVidia Control Panel. Ntune can also adjust settings on some nVidia chipset boards. PhysX and 3D Stereoscopic vision are also enabled in nVidia Control Panel. Inserting the driver disc will bring about an autoplay window with options for installing drivers and software.
Installing the nVidia driver is really straightforward, just agree to terms and conditions and click next a few times. Once the drivers are done and the system has been reset to reinitialize the video card, settings can be adjusted; there are five groups to choose settings from after installing Ntune. 3D handles in-game settings such as AntiAliasing. Display covers everything that affects visual display on devices such as monitors; the output can be rotated, colors enhanced, brightness adjusted, resolution changed, and so on. Performance allows the graphics card and system to be overhauled and monitored for safe temperatures. Stereoscopic 3D is where users go to turn 3D on or off for nVidia cards using either 3D Vision technology or anaglyph technology - the anaglyph technology only requires a pair of red and blue 3D glasses that are usually free/cheap whereas the 3D Vision costs a bit more - special LCD glasses and a 120Hz monitor. Video is just that, video quality adjustments. Next, Badaboom can be properly installed; Badaboom does not require a system restart before the first run, so on to the program!
Once installed, Badaboom empowers users to quickly convert and compress movies for devices such as smart phones, portable media devices, and the Internet aided by nVidia CUDA technologies. The program is fairly basic so users shouldn't have too hard of a time getting it to do what they need from it, however it only installs as a free limited time trial. Clicking on the advanced tab can also be daunting as there aren't a whole lot of options but the ones that are there may not immediately make sense. The program can make use of DVDs, DVD files, and other files for converting and compression.
vReveal is another video program but it is able to clean up and fix videos; say you were shaky while recording a special moment, vReveal can help fix it. If the video is too poorly compressed it can try to fix that too! vReveal is powered by nVidia CUDA GPUs to use their parallel processing power and greatly save time over CPU based applications. This software is great for people who have many home videos or people who record TV or other video sources, and for those that like to upload their own files to Youtube or Facebook. There are free demos of Badaboom and vReveal available at their respective websites.
Now we can go test out the ECS GT 240 512MB!