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Palit GT 240 Sonic Review

RHKCommander959    -   November 18, 2009
Category: Video Cards
Price: $104.99
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Introduction:

Today Palit and nVidia have launched a new video card – the Palit GT240 Sonic Edition – which packs in 96 CUDA cores, and for this particular card, 1GB of GDDR5 memory, while other models should be available with 512MB and for less money. Palit is the first company to come out with a 1GB version of this card. The GPU core is built on the 40nm fabrication process with 128-bit bandwidth. Connectivity is through VGA, DVI, and HDMI. The card supports Microsoft DirectX 10.1 with Shader Model 4.1 support, OpenGL 3.2, nVidia CUDA technology, nVidia 3D Vision, nVidia PureVideo HD technology, amongst many other features. The card should use very little energy since it doesn’t even use an auxiliary power connector common on most other video cards, except for entry-level devices, since the PCI Express slot can only supply around 75W. With the same number of CUDA cores as the 8800 GS, 8800 GTS, and 9600 GSO, with possibly other cards also having the same number of CUDA cores, it will be interesting to see how well the Palit GT 240 1GB compares to those cards and how much the extra memory and GDDR5 may help.

The GT 240 is intended to bring quality media and decent gaming for a decent price tag, but it is also suggested to be used as a PhysX processing card in an SLI setup with a more powerful card to enhance gameplay and further boost FPS. This feature will also be examined to see how effective the card actually is at these claims.

Closer Look:

The front of the box has the unique mascot of Palit – Frobot – swinging around in his mechanical body. In the top left corner the box reads “The Latest Technology 40nm” with a lightning bolt, which I assume is there for the increase in energy efficiency that is usually gained by switching to a smaller node design. Also on the front is the company mantra, “Play it, Tweak it, Get more out of it.” Hopefully users will be able to tweak this card for some serious performance! Near the lower right some of the basic features of the card are listed: the Palit GT 240 is a Sonic Edition with 1GB of GDDR5 on a 128-bit bus. The back of the box has the Palit acronym spelled out and listed in several languages: nVidia Geforce chipset, Advanced Display Pipeline with Full nView capabilities, Complete DirectX support, including DirectX 10.1 and lower, Full OpenGL 3 and lower support, and Drivers included for Windows XP, Vista and 7. The back also has the website and contact e-mail addresses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sides of the box have the slogan and company logo again, but also list HDMI and HDCP capability, PCI Express design, and have a small nVidia logo in the corner. Opening the box shows that a red bubble wrap bag protects the card, which is surrounded by a cardboard platform with plenty of space around the sides to help deter damage.

 

 

Removing the graphics card and cardboard platform allows access to the installation guide and driver CD that were stuck together. The card is fairly small but sounds promising from the specifications even though the bundle is almost nonexistent, nothing is really needed except for drivers and maybe a manual to get this card running, so only time and testing will tell.

 

 

With the Palit GT 240 Sonic out of the box, let's examine it closer!


 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  6. Testing: Far Cry 2
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Darkest of Days
  9. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  10. Testing: Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II
  11. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  12. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  13. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  14. Testing: 3DMark 06
  15. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  16. Conclusion
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