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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

GV-N240D5-512I Detailed Features

As I mentioned in the previous section, the low-end 200 series cards are based on NVIDIA's older G92 architecture. This is basically a die-shrink version of the GPU with some tweaking and a few new features. The GeForce GT240 GPU used in the GIGABYTE GV-N240D5-512I video card appears to be based on the 9600GSO GPU: they both have the same number of CUDA cores (96) running at the same clock speed (550mHz). One difference is that the 9600GSO has a 192-bit memory interface, while the card we're testing has to get by with a mere 128-bit memory interface. But remember those "new features"? The GeForce GT240 is NVIDIA's first GPU to support GDDR5 memory, and in this example it's clocked at the actual memory bandwidth, at 54.4 gb/second, is much greater than that of the 9600GSO's 38.4 gb/second. The quoted memory bandwidth specification is from the NVIDIA spec sheet, but for some reason GPU-Z shows a memory bandwidth of 108.8gb/second.


After removing the four spring-loaded screws securing the heat sink, we can see the GT215 GPU and the four memory chips:


A close-up view of the GPU reveals its product code, "GT215-450-A2". The "450" in the part number apparently designates this as a DDR5 version.

Asus ENGT250 GDDR5 gpu closeup

The 512M of video RAM is comprised of 4 Samsung K4G10325FE-HC05 memory chips modules. These are GDDR5 devices with an access time of 0.5ns.

asus ENGT240 GDDR5 ram

GIGABYTE extends the NVIDIA reference design for the GT240 with the aforementioned gold-plated HDMI connector and a large 80mm cooling fan. As we'll see later in this review, the 80mm fan does an excellent job cooling the processor.

Full HDMI 1.3a support

Another one of the "new features" is significant for HTPC fans: these are NVIDIA's first cards to support the full HDMI 1.3a standard. Previous NVIDIA GPUs such as the 8200 series have had partial HDMI 1.3a support, but omitted features such as 12 and 16 bit color modes and DTS-HD audio. This, combined with the new cable-less audio support, make this card very well suited for HTPC applications.

In the next section I'll discuss the Benchmark Reviews testing methodology and the test system configuration used in our benchmark evaluation.



# 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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