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Written by David Ramsey   
Tuesday, 05 January 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
GIGABYTE GeForce GT-240 HDMI Video Card
GIGABYTE GeForce GT240 Features
GIGABYTE GeForce GT240 Closer Look
GV-N240D5-512I Detailed Features
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark Vantage GPU Tests
Crysis Warhead Tests
Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark
Far Cry 2 Benchmark
Resident Evil 5 Tests
GIGABYTE GeForce GT240 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
GeForce GT240 Final Thoughts
GIGABYTE GV-N240D5-512I Conclusion

GIGABYTE GT-240 HDMI Video Card Review

As enthusiasts, we're always interested in the latest monster video cards: the expensive, high-end products that blast through benchmarks fand play all your games with buttery-smooth frame rates at the highest resolutions with all the settings maxed out- and sucking a not inconsiderable amount of electricity while doing so! But these products represent only a tiny fraction of the number of video cards sold; the low-to-mid-end cards comprise the bulk of the market. Besides, a GTX285 or Radeon 5870 isn't the ideal solution for every situation: considerations from a limited budget to building a small, quiet system come into play. NVIDIA has been filling out the low-middle end of their video card product line lately, and in this article Benchmark Reviews tests the GIGABYTE GV-N240D5-512I video card equipped with with NVIDIA's new GeForce GT240 GPU and 512M of GDDR5 memory.

GT240-based video cards are new products only in the sense that they're now available at the retail level; a slightly higher-spec version, the GTS 240, has been available for some time as an "OEM only" part restricted to systems builders. Despite its "GT240" designation, this is not a card based on NVIDIA's newer GT200 GPU like the 260, 270, 280 and 290 series cards; it's based on the older G92 series processors previously used in NVIDIA's 8x00 and 9x00 series cards, albeit rendered in a spiffy new 40 nanometer process that keeps the die size small, yields up, and power and heat levels down. With 96 stream processors, the GIGABYTE GV-N240D5-512I seems to slot in neatly between the 9600GT (64 processors) and the 9800GT with 112 processors, but must make do with a 128-bit memory interface while the 9600/9800 have a 256 bit interface.

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The low-mid range video card market is much more crowded than the high-end market: while only a few cards exist in the $300-and-up segment, there are dozens in the sub-$200 segment, often with overlapping prices, features, and performance, and this is where the GIGABYTE GV-N240D5-512I is competing. Read on to see how it compares and whether it's a card you should consider.

About GIGABYTE

Gigabyte United Inc., established in December 2006, is assuming the GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd. Brand, which for the past 20 years has been a world-renowned leader in the motherboard industry. Continuing to focus on its core businesses of GIGABYTE branded motherboards and graphics cards, Gigabyte United Inc. is committed to providing our valued customers with the highest quality products and services featuring the industry's most innovative design.

In order to meet the challenges of today's intensely competitive channel market, Gigabyte United Inc. fully utilizes its key assets including its cutting-edge research and development team as well as its professional sales and marketing resources to continue to develop technologies to fit a complete range of digital life solutions. Now and for the future, Gigabyte United Inc. will continue to embody the unique spirit and culture, which has made Gigabyte one of the foremost brands in the industry.



 

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# Now I'm really confused!Ian D. Samson 2010-06-20 08:27
With the HDMI/VGA/DVI ports on the card, does it contain a TV Tuner that will enable the viewing of television signals on the PC monitor? I have an HDMI cable from the decoder to the PC but so far have not been able to use it. There's a 9600GT card in the PC (8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Vista Ultimate 64-bit) because I want to do VHS to HD-DVD video editing. I am less than a novice at this, though, while I have 30+ years experience in the PC industry. Thanks.
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# RE: Now I'm really confused!Olin Coles 2010-06-20 08:30
Video cards do not come with TV tuners, as there is a separate market for this product. The HDMI/VGA/DVI ports simply allow the user to connect the computer to a HDTV, HD-monitor, or digital/analog monitor.
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# RE: RE: Now I'm really confused!Ian D. Samson 2010-06-20 08:50
Oh, so I need a separate TV Tuner (presumably PCI-E) in another slot in the main board? Then the 9600GT in the machine already is sufficient?
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# RE: RE: RE: Now I'm really confused!Olin Coles 2010-06-20 17:18
That is correct, either a PCI or PCI-E digital tuner card would be ideal, and the 9600GT you have can help output the video.
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# Gigabyte- GT 240 1 gb display issueThomas Moss 2010-08-20 19:31
Running system into a vivo full ht lcd tv 32inch.. Get a max res 1360 x 768) Can go more using Nvida control panel... max 1838 x 1002.. on both dvi and hdmi... when computer is connenct with vga it scales screen to fit 1920 x 1080.....(recommended display

Hdmi cable 1.3 version
Adapter - dvi to vga

The card HD of Full Defenion.
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