The Radeon R7 240 is an entry-level GPU that replaces the Radeon HD 8570 and competes directly with the GeForce GT 630 from NVIDIA. The model we are analyzing is the Radeon R7 240 Core Edition (R7-240A-CL) from the traditional manufacturer XFX. It is a single slot card with 2 GiB of DDR3 memory. Let’s see how this model fared on our tests.
It is important to notice that there are video cards based on the Radeon R7 240 GPU using GDDR5 memory running at 4.6 GHz (providing a 73.6 GB/s bandwidth).
The Radeon R7 240 uses the PCI Express 3.0 interface, while its main competitor uses the PCI Express 2.0 interface. Although the chip supports PCI Express 3.0 x16, the video card we tested offers only half of the supported lanes and, therefore, it is a PCI Express 3.0 x8 card.
In the table below, we compare the main specifications for the video cards included in our review. The prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review and do not include rebates.
|Video Card||Core Clock||Shader Clock||Memory Clock (Effective)||Memory Interface||Memory Transfer Rate||Memory||Shaders||DirectX||Price|
|XFX Radeon R7 240 Core Edition||780 MHz||780 MHz||1.8 GHz||128-bit||28.8 GB/s||2 GiB DDR3||320||11.2||USD 70.00|
|Radeon R7 250||1,050 MHz||1,050 MHz||4.6 GHz||128-bit||73.6 GB/s||1 GiB GDDR5||384||11.2||USD 100.00|
|GeForce GT 630||810 MHz||1,620 MHz||1.33 GHz||128-bit||21.3 GB/s||1 GiB DDR3||96||11.0||USD 70.00|
|GeForce GT 640||900 MHz||1,800 MHz||1.6 GHz||128-bit||25.6 GB/s||2 GiB DDR3||384||11.0||USD 100.00|
Now let’s take an in-depth look at the XFX Radeon R7 240 Core Edition.