Inno3D GeForce GT240 Reviewgotdamojo06 - January 4, 2010
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When you pull the card out of the packaging and the anti-static bag, two things stood out to me. The first being the fact that the PCB of the card is green! It has been a while since I have seen anything with green PCB. However, the second thing that pops out at me is the large heatsink/fan setup on the GPU to keep the core temps inline with standards. The Inno3D GeForce GT240 comes clocked in at 550MHz on the GPU and 1400MHz on the 512MB of GDDR5 memory. There is also a total of 96 processor cores or CUDA cores on the card, which are going to help further your graphics rendering power. The heatsink/fan setup that Inno3D has placed on the GT240 is quite large and does cover about half of the card, which is going to not only cool the core and the memory modules, but it might just help keep the voltage regulators on the card cool as well. The heatsink stands tall, so make sure that you are going to be able to hold a dual slot card depending on how your motherboard is set up.
The Inno3D GT240 has three different ways that you can connect a display to the card. The first of these is the new standard of a DVI output, however being a lower-end card, there is also an analog display port. There also is a HDMI connector on the face-plate of the GT240, so this is going to be very helpful for anyone either building a HTPC. The card does get installed in a PCI-E 2.0 slot, so you do need to make sure that your motherboard can support this video card before attempting.
When you pull the heatsink/fan off of the card, you are left with the core and the memory modules showing. The core as you can see is the GT215-450-A2 and the memory modules are by Samsung.
The heatsink that is installed on the Inno3D GT240 is a very unique looking heatsink. It packs a white fan in the middle of an array of fins that all spread out from the center base of the cooler. The fan is going to bring cool air inward towards the core and blow through the fins taking the heat with it.
Now that we know how the card is set up and how it looks, it's time to get the drivers and software installed and take a look at how it is going to compare to the other cards in its class.