GeForce GT 240: Low Power, High Performance, Sub-$100

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  1. topgear

    topgear Fast 'N' Furious

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    I think this whole news deserves a new thread :p

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    Geforce GT 240

    GPU Designation :GT215
    Fabrication Process : 40nm
    Graphics Clock (Texture and ROP units) : 550 MHz
    Processor Clock (Shader Units) : 1,360 MHz
    Memory Clock (Clock Rate/Data Rate) : 850 MHz (3,400 MHz effective) GDDR5
    1,000 MHz (2,000 MHz effective) DDR3
    Total Video Memory : 1GB, 512MB
    Memory Interface : 128-bit
    Total Memory Bandwidth : 54.4 GB/s (GDDR5) 32.0 GB/s (DDR3)
    Stream Processors : 96
    ROP units : 8
    Texture Filtering Units : 32
    Microsoft DirectX/Shader model : 10.1/4.1
    OpenGL : 3.2
    PhysX Ready : Yes
    Video Format Support for GPU Decode Acceleration : MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2 Advanced Simple Profile, H.264, VC1, WMV, DivX version 3.11 and later
    HD Digital Audio over PCI Express : Yes
    Connectors : DVI, VGA, HDMI
    Form Factor : Single-Slot
    Power Connectors : None
    HDMI version : 1.3a
    DisplayPort : 1.1
    Dual Link DVI : Yes
    Bus Support : PCIe 2.0
    Max Board power : 70 watts
    GPU Thermal Threshold : 105 degrees C

    Let's face it. The situation has been less than ideal for Nvidia over the past few months.

    The first thing that comes to mind was the successful launch of AMD's new DirectX 11-ready Radeon HD 5000-series. Nvidia doesn't yet have its DirectX 11 answer ready. Admittedly, though, with scant availability of AMD's high-end Radeon HD 5870 and 5850 cards, this isn't the root of Nvidia's problems. The real thorn in the company's side is the fact that AMD has proven twice now, without a doubt, the smaller, scalable GPU and GDDR5 route it took with the Radeon HD 4000- and 5000-series is a winner from a price/performance/profitability standpoint.

    As a result of AMD's success selling low-cost graphic cards with modest 3D performance, Nvidia has been forced to squeeze high-end GPUs into service as sub-$100 trench fighters. Take, for example, the GeForce 9600 GSO, 9600 GT, and 9800 GT, none of which were ever originally intended for the sub-$100 market. Complex GPUs and memory buses keep costs high, power usage is usually abysmal compared to the efficient Radeon HD 4670, and performance can't quite approach the Radeon HD 4850. The newer G96 version of the GeForce 9600 GSO helped cut costs a bit with its narrower 128-bit memory interface, but the majority of sub-$100 GeForces likely remain more expensive to manufacture than their Radeon counterparts.

    With Nvidia's next-generation DirectX 11 flagship 'Fermi' delayed until next year, its prospects for wowing video card buyers in the near future are looking pretty dim. We had hopes that the recently-released GeForce G 210 and GT 220 would shake things up a little. And while the combination of 40nm lithography and DirectX 10.1 support helps the GeForce GT 220 bring a fight to ATI's Radeon HD 4650, the Radeon HD 4670 remains unchallenged when it comes to price/performance and low power usage.

    Unchallenged, that is, until today.

    The company is now officially unveiling its GeForce GT 240, the most powerful reference card that doesn't require an auxiliary PCIe power connector. It doesn't DirectX 11 support, but it has exactly what Nvidia needs right now in the sub-$100 category: low production costs, low power usage, and better-than-Radeon HD 4670 performance. Should it matter that ATI has a pair of entry-level DirectX 11 GPUs planned for Q1 of next year? Only if you're willing to wait. Let's see what Nvidia is
    offering today.

    Nvidia Fights Back :p

    For Bechmarks Read on ........
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gt-240,2475.html
     
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    Can u please also post the performance of this card in different games ?
     
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    ssk_the_gr8 Make Way the LORD is Here

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    still no dx11 support ... even after windows 7 launch.. ati had dx10.1 support like a year back
     
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    This is a good news for all the green fans.
     
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    hmm. Don't forget that HD4770 is available for 109$ and it's a lot lot better buy than GT240.

    Also GT240 is not faster than 9600GT and 9600GT is available for as low as 80$.
     
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    Faun Wahahaha~!

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    ^^Where it is available at 109$. In latest prices thread I don't see any mention apart from that 7.4k.
     
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    topgear Fast 'N' Furious

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    one of our forum member thunder.02dragon is selling HD4770 @ Rs. 6.7K
    But HD4850 @ Rs. 6.7K only performs way better :p

    @ Krow - thanks for pointing that out to paroh :p

    BTW, GT240 was not meant to be power hungry card... all other GPU's need external power plug ( ie 9600/9800GT, and HD4770 ). I know 9600/9800GT has eco versions but their prices is not that low and supports DX10 only.

    So we can Call GT240 as The best VFM DX10.1 card which does not require a external power plug :p
     
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    that's in USA not in India. In India, cheapest you can get is for 7k or as topgear mentioned, 6.7k from our forum member.
     
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    It should have been a DX11 card, then it would be a massive hit. 10.1 is bad for marketing, although practically speaking, I don't see how much it will affect performance at least till extremely DX11 optimised games are launched.
     
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