AXLE GeForce GT 240 Video Card Review

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Introducing the AXLE 3D GT 240

When you think video cards, you think of the major vendors such as Sapphire, HIS, Gigabyte, ASUS, EVGA, MSI, and XFX among a few others between the ATI and NVIDIA camps. Well, today we’re looking at a card from a company that is unknown to most Americans, but has actually been around for over twenty years, AXLE 3D. Based out of Hong Kong, AXLE 3D primarily sells their NVIDIA-based products around Asia and Europe which is why they have remained under the radar to most end users in North America. That is about to change, as they are now expanding to the United States. They are currently only available at the small online e-tailer, Fookbuy.com, and they hope to spread across to all major retail mediums and this will be a welcome addition as more manufacturers means more competition which is always better for the consumer.

AXLE 3D

The AXLE GeForce GT 240 offers all the latest technology available on the NVIDIA side of things, such as CUDA, OpenCL, and Direct Compute APIs available in Windows 7, HDMI 1.3a support, 128-bit floating point High Dynamic-Range (HDR) Lighting, Dual 400 MHz RAMDACs, as well as GigaThread, Lumenex, PhysX and 3D Vision Technologies from NVIDIA. Many of these features are found on GT 200 series cards only, which makes this new core an appealing one for any user, in addition to its sub- $100 price point.

Axle GT 240

The AXLE 3D GT 240 we have here is a fairly standard GeForce GT 240, having the same clocks and specifications as the NVIDIA reference design, except its high performance Arctic Cooling heatsink and fan with the unique fan shroud found only on AXLE 3D’s version. AXLE also offers a GDDR3 version in addition to the GDDR5 version we have today, with identical specifications aside from memory bandwidth.

   GeForce G210  GeForce GT 220 AXLE GeForce GT 240 GeForce 9600 GSO GeForce 9800 GT
 Shader Units  16  48  96 96 112
 ROPs  4  8  8 12 16
 GPU Core  GT218  GT216  GT215 G92 G92
 Transistors  260M  486M  727M 754M 754M
 Mem Size  512MB  512MB / 1GB  512MB / 1GB 384MB / 768MB 512MB / 1GB
 Memory Bus Width 64-Bit 128-Bit 128-Bit 192-Bit 256-Bit
 Memory Bandwidth  12.8GB/s  25.3GB/s  54.4 GB/s 38.4GB/s 57.6GB/s
 Core Clock  589 MHz  625 MHz  550 MHz 550 MHz 600 MHz
 Memory Clock  800 MHz  790 MHz  1700MHz 1600 MHz 900 MHz
 Shader Clock  1402 MHz  1360 MHz  1340 MHz 1375 MHz 1500 MHz
 Price  $49.99 $69.99  $99.99 $79.99 $99.99

Now that we’ve looked at this new company and some specifications of the card, let’s get a closer look at the card itself.

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