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Palit GT 240 Sonic Review

RHKCommander959    -   November 18, 2009
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Conclusion:

While the Palit GT 240 Sonic Edition didn't completely dominate the benchmarks, it did perform very strongly in comparison to the competition. The price users can find the ATI 4670 and 4770 will either make or break the nVidia GT 240 as the 4770 outperformed it in every test. Right now the 4770 looks to only be a few bucks more expensive so that could make for stiff competition, especially since the midrange 5-series cards are beginning to come out. Another supporting ability is that this card should fold immensely better than the competing ATI products. This graphics card should be an easy drop in upgrade or replacement card that can bring decent gaming capabilities and a multimedia aspect through software like Badaboom or vReveal. Although the Palit design does take up two slots, its length and lack of power adapter requirements should make it an easy fit in cramped cases, OEM computers, and HTPC applications. The heatsink worked adequately and kept the card running in the low 30s at idle and mid-60s at load while overclocked. Overclocking wasn't too bad either, going from 585/1890/1424MHz to 699/2008/1701MHz without a hiccup. Using the Palit GT 240 Sonic as a PhysX processor netted roughly an additional 15% in 3DMark Vantage with a GTX 260 216sp card so as a PhysX processor this card looks willing!

The only real cons that came to mind were that the bundle was pretty empty - nothing more was needed to get the card going but it also lacked any excitement as a good accessory bundle is always nice. However, more money may have been diverted to ensure better quality of the GT 240. The only other qualm I could think of was the VGA port, which makes it more difficult to run dual DVI monitors, this feature also looks bad when a VGA adapter can be had for a few bucks, I just found new ones for less than a dollar. Most people who order this card won't likely be running dual monitors anyway, so in reality it does help the card to be ready out of the box for most situations.

A cool running graphics card with solid overclockability and decent gaming power, the ability to "Fold for the Cause," tremendously decrease the time to work on photos and videos, being run as a PhysX processor to aid a more powerful card, and having a very simple drop-in design make this card very attractive if priced aggressively!

 

Pros:

  • Cool running
  • Decent overclock
  • Quiet operation
  • Video encoding ability
  • CUDA/PhysX capable
  • Low power consumption
  • Capable PhysX accelerator

 

Cons:

  • VGA port
  • Bare bundle
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  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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