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Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Gainward GT240

1. Features, specifications

After the launch of the 40nm GT210/GT220 series, Gainward released the Gainward GT 240 series of graphics card, featuring with 1 GB of DDR3 memory. The new card promises to offer even higher performance than the GT210/GT220 solutions. As always, Gainward releases improved versions of Nvidia's reference designs and the GT 240 series we have in our hands is "Golden Sample" featuring increased memory and core clocks.

Below is a comparison among various Nvidia-based products and their retail prices as they are found in online stores:

GeForce
GT 220
Radeon
HD 4670
GeForce
GT 240
Gainward
GT 240
GeForce
9600 GT
GeForce
9800 GT
Shader units
48
320
96
96
64
112
ROPs
8
8
8
8
16
16
GPU
GT216
RV730
GT215
GT215
G94
G92
Transistors
486M
512M
727M
727M
505M
754M
Memory Size
512 MB /
1024 MB
512 MB
512 MB /
1024 MB
1024 MB
512 MB
512 MB
Memory Bus Width
128 bit
128 bit
128 bit
128 bit
256 bit
256 bit
Core Clock
625 MHz
750 MHz
550 MHz
585 MHz
650 MHz
600 MHz
Memory Clock
790 MHz /
1012 MHz
1000 MHz
1700 MHz /
1000 MHz
1890 MHz
900 MHz
900 MHz
Price
$69 - $79
$67
$99
$150
$80
$90

- Retail package

The Gainward GT 240 is packaged in a small box compared to other graphics cards.Of course there is no need to use a larger box since the card's board is rather small.

Gainward's card retails for around €129 (including VAT), which is almost twice the price of a Gainward GT220 card.

The package is easily identified with a light green color and the the GT 240/1024 GDDR5 and Golden Sample logos on it:

As we see with the most of the samples we test, the graphics card is well-packaged into an anti-static bag. Other than the card, the box includes an installation kit and a CD-ROM with drivers and software. These is the typical bundle for a low-priced graphics card so don't expect to find any extra games or connectors here:

As you may notice, there are similarities between the board of the GT 240 and the one met with the GT 220 series. However, the GT 240 has a much bigger cooler covering the GPU area. In addition, the GT 240 will occupy two empty slots at the back of your PC, but fortunately not any external power supply due to its 40nm design.

The Gainward GT 240 comes with a VGA, an HDMI and a DVI-D output, making it a truly universal product for most of the users.

After installation and according to the GPU-Z utility, the card's GPU core runs at 585MHz, the memory is clocked at 1890MHz and Shaders at 1424MHz:




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