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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

3DMark Vantage GPU Tests

3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 graphics card performance. FutureMark 3DMark Vantage is the latest addition the 3DMark benchmark series built by FutureMark corporation. Although 3DMark Vantage requires NVIDIA PhysX to be installed for program operation, only the CPU/Physics test relies on this technology.

3DMark Vantage offers benchmark tests focusing on GPU, CPU, and Physics performance. Benchmark Reviews uses the two GPU-specific tests for grading video card performance: Jane Nash and New Calico. These tests isolate graphical performance, and remove processor dependence from the benchmark results. Let's see how the GIGABYTE GV-N240D5-512I performs...

3DMark Vantage GPU Test: Jane Nash

Of the two GPU tests 3DMark Vantage offers, the Jane Nash performance benchmark is slightly less demanding. In a short video scene the special agent escapes a secret lair by water, nearly losing her shirt in the process. For these cards, Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX 10 scene at 1680x1050 and 1280x1024 resolutions, and uses Entry quality settings with no anti-aliasing and 2x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows.

asus engt240 gddr5 jane nash

Here we see where advertising claims run into reality. The 9400GT is still in NVIDIA's product line and is touted as being able to "Realize more vibrant photos, smoother videos and more realistic gaming...", but neither this card nor the twice-as-fast 8600GT should be on any gamer's list. The GTS250 and HD4770 turn in reasonable scores, but remember the test settings are cranked way down. The GIGABYTE GT240 turns in a reasonable performance, with over 5 times the frame rate of the 9400GT.

3DMark Vantage GPU Test: New Calico

New Calico is the second GPU test in the 3DMark Vantage test suite. Of the two GPU tests, New Calico is the most demanding. In a short video scene featuring a galactic battleground, there is a massive display of busy objects across the screen. Benchmark Reviews tests this DirectX 10 scene at 1680x1050 and 1280x1024 resolutions for these cards, and uses Entry quality settings with no anti-aliasing and 2x anisotropic filtering. The 1:2 scale is utilized, and is the highest this test allows.

asus_engt240_gddr5_bench_New_Calico.jpg

The New Calico test pushes these cards even harder. The GIGABYTE GT240 maintains its lead over the 9400GT and 8600GT, turning in five times the frame rate of the former and more than twice the frame rate of the latter, but the frame rate is far too low for smooth video even at the lower resolution.

    Product Series GeForce 9400GT GeForce 8600GT GIGABYTE GT240 GeForce GTS250 Radeon 4770
    Stream Processors 16 32 96 128 640
    Core Clock (mHz) 550 540 550 740 750
    Shader Clock (mHz) 1440 1180 1340 1836 N/A
    Memory Clock (mHz) 400 700 1700 1100 1100
    Memory Amount 512M - GDDR2 256M - GDDR3 512M - GDDR5 512M - GDDR3 512M - GDDR5
    Memory Interface 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 256-bit 128-bit



 

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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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