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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

Far Cry 2 Benchmark

Ubisoft has developed Far Cry 2 as a sequel to the original, but with a very different approach to game play and story line. Far Cry 2 features a vast world built on Ubisoft's new game engine called Dunia, meaning "world", "earth" or "living" in Farsi. The setting in Far Cry 2 takes place on a fictional Central African landscape, set to a modern day timeline.

The Dunia engine was built specifically for Far Cry 2, by Ubisoft Montreal development team. It delivers realistic semi-destructible environments, special effects such as dynamic fire propagation and storms, real-time night-and-day sun light and moon light cycles, dynamic music system, and non-scripted enemy A.I actions.

The Dunia game engine takes advantage of multi-core processors as well as multiple processors and supports DirectX 9 as well as DirectX 10. Only 2 or 3 percent of the original CryEngine code is re-used, according to Michiel Verheijdt, Senior Product Manager for Ubisoft Netherlands. Additionally, the engine is less hardware-demanding than CryEngine 2, the engine used in Crysis.

However, it should be noted that Crysis delivers greater character and object texture detail, as well as more destructible elements within the environment; for example, trees breaking into many smaller pieces and buildings breaking down to their component panels. Far Cry 2 also supports the amBX technology from Philips. With the proper hardware, this adds effects like vibrations, ambient colored lights, and fans that generate wind effects.

There is a benchmark tool in the PC version of Far Cry 2, which offers an excellent array of settings for performance testing. For these cards, Benchmark Reviews used the medium performance setting for DirectX 10 tests, with 1680x1050 and 1280x1024 resolutions. Render Quality was set to 'Optimal' (which was "high" for these cards), 4x anti-aliasing was applied, and HDR and Bloom were enabled. We used the "Ranch Small" time demo (which yields the lowest frame rates of the tests available) for this benchmark.

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Although the Dunia engine in Far Cry 2 is slightly less demanding than CryEngine 2 engine in Crysis, the strain appears to be extremely close. The frame rates we see here are close to what we saw in the Crysis: Warhead benchmark, with performance up about 10% overall for most of the cards...except for the GIGABYTE GT240, the only card in the group whose frame rates are significantly lower in this test. This is odd since the frame rates of the architecturally-similar GTS 250 went up.

    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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