GeForce GT 240 - NVIDIA's sub-$100 DirectX 10.1 graphics card

GeForce GT 240 - NVIDIA's sub-$100 DirectX 10.1 graphics card

Summary: You can get a lot of power for under $100 when it comes to GPUs nowadays, but NVIDIA have just launched the GeForce GT 240 - decent performance, low power consumption and a decent price.

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You can get a lot of power for under $100 when it comes to GPUs nowadays, but NVIDIA have just launched the GeForce GT 240 - decent performance, low power consumption and a decent price.

OK, so what's special about the GeForce GT 240? Well, to begin with, it fully supports DirectX 10.1, something which other high-end NVIDIA cards don't do. Might seem a trivial point when you consider that ATI already have DirectX 11 parts out  been delayed until (NVIDIA's Fermi has been delayed until 2010), but it's darn hard to get hold of any Radeon HD 5870 or 5850 cards. Also, it's early days for DirectX 11 anyway in terms of games.

OK, so it supports DirectX 10.1, what else is special about the GeForce GT 240? Well, it's NVIDIA's most powerful graphics card that doesn't require an auxiliary PCIe power connector. This means no need to mess about with powering the card which can sometimes be a pain (both from a PSU standpoint, and physically getting the card plus cabling to fit).

It's also a very good spec - 40nm fab process, 550MHz core, with 1360MHz shaders, and 512MB of 2000MHz GDDR5 memory, 96 CUDA cores. All this for a maximum power draw of 70W. Pretty impressive stuff.

Then there's price - sub-$100, which is a sweet spot.

Early reviews are quite positive:

All in all, a good card. But NVIDIA can't afford to sit still because ATI will have competition for this card out probably by the end of the year. But for now, the GeForce GT 240 is a very good buy.

Topic: Processors

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  • Nvidia's work great with Linux distro's

    Nvidia's cards work great with Linux distro's
    you can have compiz desktop and run
    any game you want.

    The optimization is amazing!

    ;)
    Use_More_OIL_NOW
    • Who said anything about loser OSes?

      This is about OSes that actually offer great gaming experiences to users, not OSes that really want to play where the big boys play, but just can't seem to make it there.

      Hey, have you guys figured out how to play two sounds at the same time yet?
      Qbt
      • Did you get rid of your malware yet?

        Did you get rid of your worms/viruses/trojans/malware/spyware yet in YOUR insecure garbage OS you use?

        Oh I forgot you got the conglomeration basta*dized MS Office from other vendors MS has purchased over the years...

        Fedora 12 can do it all and NOT cost me a dime plus has thousands of packages that run circles around the infamous blue screen malware express called 'Wind-ows'...
        Use_More_OIL_NOW
    • Did you have to bring the debate here?

      Seriously, did you have to bring the debate
      here?

      Linux has its uses - but frankly gaming isn't
      really one of them. You're far more likely to
      be able to get the latest drivers on a Windows
      machine, and just because you have Linux
      drivers doesn't mean that DirectX games will
      magically start working.

      It's a pretty big stretch to claim that Linux
      is a gaming OS. It's capable, yes, but it
      really suffers from a lack of native AAA games.

      . . . and FYI, I haven't had a virus in years
      on my Windows system. All you really need is a
      few basic things and some basic knowledge of
      what to avoid.
      CobraA1
  • RE: GeForce GT 240 - NVIDIA's sub-$100 DirectX 10.1 graphics card

    Still waiting for a NVIDIA GeForce 300x series for laptops before buying a new laptop :)
    shellcodes_coder
  • Pretty good

    Looks pretty good - certainly beats my 9600 in number
    of cores. Might be worth a look. Use that for
    graphics, use the 9600 for PhysX, maybe?

    What's up with the clocks, though? They seem a tad
    low.

    Problem is, PC gaming is pretty stagnant right now.
    We've got gobs of power, but nobody's really using it.
    We really need something to bring back interest in PC
    games.

    I'm thinking that we really need to push forward tessellation and show people we can make triangles
    practically invisible. It drives me crazy that I still
    often see straight lines in places that should be
    curves! It's time we fixed that.
    CobraA1