Legit Video Card Reviews
PNY VERTO GeForce GT 240 Video Card Review
|Date:||Wed, Jan 27, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Austin Hamann -|
Final Thoughts & Conclusions
The PNY VERTO GeForce GT 240 does not exactly bring a big performance increase to the table over the popular 9600 GSO's first two revisions (both with 96 stream processors), but this card does offer many new technologies such as HDMI 1.3a with full audio, great power saving features, DirectX 10.1, and all of NVIDIA's newest tech such as CUDA, PureVideo HD, Open GL 3.1, OpenCL and Direct Compute. Of course, it is also on a very short PCB compared to its older brother, among other things.
All that I can say for performance is that anyone with one of these GT 240's should consider overclocking, as clocks at 1600 MHz on the shaders, 630MHz on the core, and 1800 MHz on the memory are easily attainable on each GT 240 that we have reviewed here at Legit Reviews. This is with the EVGA reaching the highest core/shader clocks so far, this PNY at the highest memory clocks, and the AXLE with the best temperatures. Now, this is not a guarantee that you will see those clocks if you picked one up, but for most users it is easily achievable. Overclocking in today's day and age is very simple with all the third party applications floating around, and you can see that it can provide spectacular gains. Just take the 3DMark Vantage results for example:
Temperatures on the PNY GT 240 are not the best I've seen, as it has the original NVIDIA reference single slot heatsink, but at 70C at load and throttling down to 32C at idle, they're not that bad, either. I'm always reminded of my x850 XT that doesn't even turn the fan above 5% until it reaches 90C.
The worst part of the PNY GT 240 has to be the heat sink and that it is two pieces of aluminum that each screw into the plastic in between, causing the rigid sticker to bend up at each screw. But, again this is aesthetic only. However, my favorite part about the PNY GT 240 is that it sips electricity like fine wine at a fancy restaurant, using just 96W at idle, and less than any other card tested at load as well.
Performance-wise, this is a reference design card, and as such, at stock is outpowered by its older twin brother, the 9600 GSO 384, though this is not always the case such as in DirectX 10 based games and benchmarks where the PNY GT 240 takes a slight lead. Not bad considering the card costs just $89.99 shipped after rebate!
Legit Bottom Line: All in all, the PNY VERTO GeForce GT 240 is a solid budget card, having the latest tech, great power consumption, and great overclockability. Although, higher gaming performance can be had in the older 9800 GT at a similar price around $100.
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Page 1 - The PNY GeForce GT 240
Page 2 - Retail Box & Bundle
Page 3 - The Test System
Page 4 - Race Driver: GRiD
Page 5 - Shattered Horizon
Page 6 - Crysis: Warhead
Page 7 - Colin McRae's DiRT 2
Page 8 - Furmark v1.7.0
Page 9 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 10 - Temperature Testing and Power Consumption
Page 11 - PNY VERTO GT 240 Overclocking
Page 12 - Folding @ Home
Page 13 - Final Thoughts & Conclusions