GeForce GT 240 is one of the mainstream video processors from NVIDIA and today we are going to review NGT240-512QI-F, which is a video card from ECS based on this chip with 512 MB GDDR5 running at stock clock settings and coming with a GPU cooler from Arctic Cooling.
This video card is quoted around USD 85-USD 90, which puts it exactly between Radeon HD 5570 (USD 85) and Radeon HD 5670 (USD 95). At this price range you can also find “older” video cards like GeForce 9600 GT (USD 90), GeForce 9800 GT (USD 95) and Radeon HD 4670 (USD 95).
In this review we will compare this GeForce GT 240 to Radeon HD 5570, Radeon HD 5670 and GeForce 9800 GT in order to answer two simple questions: is this video card better than Radeon HD 5570? Is it better to spend USD 5 more and get a Radeon HD 5670?
In the table below we compare the main specifications from the video cards we included in our review. As you can see, Radeon HD 5670 is basically a Radeon HD 5570 running at a higher clock rate and using a faster memory (GDDR5 instead of GDDR3). As you can see AMD-based models have as an advantage having more processors (“shader units”) and supporting DirectX 11, while on NVIDIA-based models the shader processors run at a higher clock rate (the second number under “core clock”). All cards reviewed were running at the chip manufacturer’s default configuration (i.e., no factory overclocking).
|Video Card||Core Clock||Memory Clock (Real)||Memory Clock (Effective)||Memory Interface||Memory Transfer Rate||Memory||Shaders||DirectX|
|HIS Radeon HD 5570||650 MHz||900 MHz||1.8 GHz||128-bit||28.8 GB/s||1 GB GDDR3||400||11|
|HIS Radeon HD 5670||775 MHz||1 GHz||4 GHz||128-bit||64 GB/s||512 MB GDDR5||400||11|
|ECS GeForce GT 240||550 MHz / 1.34 GHz||850 MHz||3.4 GHz||128-bit||54.4 GB/s||512 MB GDDR5||96||10.1|
|Palit GeForce 9800 GT||600 MHz / 1.5 GHz||900 MHz||1.8 GHz||256-bit||57.6 GB/s||1 GB GDDR3||112||10|
Now let’s take a complete look at this model from ECS.